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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Chadwick Narrator: Patience Tomlinson Publisher: Soundings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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Two very different women are linked by destiny and the struggle for the English crown. Matilda, daughter of Henry I, is determined to win back her crown from Stephen, the usurper king. Adeliza, Henry's widowed queen and Matilda's stepmother, is now married to William D'Albini, a warrior of the opposition. Both women are strong and prepared to stand firm for what they know is right. But in a world where a man's word is law, how can Adeliza obey her husband while supporting Matilda, the rightful queen? And for Matilda pride comes before a fall....

What price for a crown? What does it cost to be Lady of the English?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Domin | 1/30/2014

    " I started and stopped this several times, only getting a few pages in, because I wanted the perfect weekend to devote my full attention to it. It was worth the wait. This is the kind of writing I strive for - natural without laziness, intelligent without snobbishness, detailed without overcrowding. Absolutely gorgeous. Matilda was sort of a Scarlett O'Hara figure (except likeable), ruled by her head, where Adeliza who was like Melanie, ruled by her heart (except things worked out a lot better for Adeliza than poor Melly). I adored Will and Brian (especially Will), and I hated Geoffrey on a very personal level. All the characters lived and breathed in the words, as did the world they existed in. This is historical fiction at its best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/23/2014

    " I love any book about Matilda, and this one was good but also frustrating. I liked the writing, I liked some of Matilda's inner monologues, and I liked some of the descriptions and many of the secondary characters. However, it seemed like people and relationships were sometimes characterized well and sometimes badly. Sometimes it was a sliding scale. For example, Matilda and Geoffrey's relationship, arguably the most important of the book, is very well drawn in the early stages but hardly described at all in later stages. Stephen, the great adversary, merits some bare descriptions in the beginning before becoming almost a nonentity. The same is often true of events. Matilda's return from Germany to England at the onset is very well written, but her final disappointing retreat from England to France feels detached (when it should be very emotional). I really loved the incorporation of Adeliza's story, because I've never seen her mentioned in the fiction I've read about Matilda. (Again, on the other hand, she was not quite as prominent as the taglines and press would have you believe.) I guess the overall verdict is that this is decent historical fiction, neither bad nor great, and it varies a lot between its covers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cori Sherman North | 1/2/2014

    " Raced thru it! Chadwick has such a way of grounding the reader in the time-- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lezley | 12/30/2013

    " A truly enjoyable read and a good attempt to try and understand Matilda's character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/20/2013

    " I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED ABOUT MATILDA, THE MOTHER OF HENRY II, WHO FOUGHT SO LONG AND HARD FOR HENRY'S RIGHT TO THE THRONE AFTER HER UNCLE STEPHEN STOLE THE THRONE FROM HER AS A RESULT OF HENRY I'S DEATH LEAVING AN UNCERTAINTY ABOUT HIS CHOICE TO SUCCEED HIM. HISTORY HAS NOT BEEN KIND TO MATILDA, PROBABLY BECAUSE SHE WAS A STRONG WOMAN, AND MOST HISTORY OF THE PERIOD HAS BEEN WRITTEN BY MEN. CHADWICK HAS DONE HER HOMEWORK AND WRITTEN A HISTORICALLY ACCURATE NOVEL FROM MATILDA'S VIEWPOINT. THE CHARACTERS ARE WELL-DRAWN AND BELIEVABLE, AS THEY WERE REAL PEOPLE. MOST HISTORICAL BITISH FICTION BEGINS WITH HENRY II WITH MENTIONS OF HIS GREAT GRANDFATHER, WILLIAM THE CONQUERER. NOW WE HAVE AN IDEA OF THOSE CHARACTERS IN BETWEEN. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gill | 12/19/2013

    " I have read several books about the conflict for succession after the death of Henry I but this, more than any other, humanises Matilda and makes her real. Very enjoyable and credible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 12/5/2013

    " I found this book disappointing. I am a big admirer of Chadwick. I have enjoyed many of her Plantagenet books, and William Marshall is now a hero of mine. This book is pushing it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Hewitt | 9/28/2013

    " I love Elizabeth Chadwick! She really brings historical periods to life, and in this case the character of Empress Matilda. I love the period she writes about, usually 1100-1200, with lots of wonderful historical details that don't take away from the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 9/20/2013

    " I loved this book! Elizabeth Chadwick brings history to life in her books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Marbach Sawyer | 9/20/2013

    " I gave up on this one. I couldn't find any empathy for Matilda or her milquetoast stepmother Adeliza. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rio (Lynne) | 5/2/2013

    " Chadwick...enough said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 3/8/2013

    " Not bad! I was interested in this era due to some links I discovered while conducting family history research. Well written and I loved the epilogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 1/24/2013

    " Loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book....Elizabeth Chadwick is an amazing author! Will read many more of her books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 6/23/2012

    " Wonderful Medieval story of royal court and war of the times. Full of historical fact and making for a intense and intriguing story. "

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