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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,799 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Weir Narrator: Lisette Lecat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781470326586
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Politics and plots, schemes and machinations: The reputation of this notorious and charismatic medieval monarch has suffered from centuries of lies, jealousy, and prejudice. This remarkable woman had a profound influence on her age. "Lecat's elegant style Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Weir presents a fascinating rewriting of a controversial life that should supersede all previous accounts. Isabella is so intertwined with the greatest figures of her century and the next that any reader of English history will want this book.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s her ability to capture the personalities of her aristocratic subjects—and to deliciously catalogue their clothes, food, and entertainment—that have made Weir such a popular historian.”

    Newsday

  • “Weir’s book offers incredibly in-depth details of and insights into  royal life in the fourteenth century.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “[An] enthralling biography…It provides a beautifully nuanced portrait of a fascinating lady and gives a vivid sense of the riotous realpolitik of medieval times.”

    Scotsman

  • “A sympathetic account of Isabella.”

    Times Literary Supplement

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/20/2014

    " As always, Weir gives such great detail. Since I am much more familiar with the Tudor era, a lot of this was new material for me; it's nice that she gives so many theories of the day, and later, and then she explains where she thinks these came from and where they go wrong. Pretty interesting stuff from a period in history that does not have the surviving documentation to support it that later eras would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Coday | 2/20/2014

    " Overall a good book, a little tedious in parts, but it gave me a better picture of Queen Isabella and the terrible things she had to live with and the terrible decisions she had to make. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lara | 2/17/2014

    " While I love historial novels, i think this one was too much of an undertaking for me. I don't know much of the time period, so trying to follow the lineage lines and the historical character names kept getting in the way for me. This seems like a really interesting woman to profile, but i fear that the length of the book also intimidated me...perhaps I'll pick it back up when i'm ready for that kind of committment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 2/10/2014

    " her biggest mistake was her blatant adultery and the resulting furor because it was after all the 14th century and women were supposed to be faithful no matter what. This was good because it also told the story of what happened after her son, Edw.III took control: the last 18 yrs of her life. Also questions whether or not her spouse, Edw.II was really murdered. possibly not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 2/5/2014

    " This was a great read about a powerful, often misjudged woman. The nonsense she had to endure was incredible. Very well written and researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rapperbear | 1/26/2014

    " This was great. Weir has her own theories about what happened to Edward II and presents a theory that rejects the traditional belief that he was murdered in a dungeon with a hot poker shoved up his bum. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 1/23/2014

    " This Queen Isabella is not the Spanish queen who sent Columbus off across the ocean. This Isabella was a 14th cent. English queen, sister of the French king, wife of Edward II, mother of Edward III. She had a tumultuous life and this book examines it quite thoroughly - quite. As an aside, this books time period was during what is now called he 'Little Ice Age' in Europe and, curiously, no mention was made of it at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 1/11/2014

    " This was full of really small detail, like how much the queen tipped individuals or spent on clostes on any given year, etc. I'm glad I "listened" to this instead of reading as it was DRY! Lots of good history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Seema | 1/2/2014

    " One of the only books by Weir -- actually, probably the only one -- I've never finished. I don't know if I'm tired of her rather shrill writing tone or if Isabella (and the time period) simply didn't interest me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 girl | 12/12/2013

    " great subject but the book was a little too text fore me.I like a story to my subject,not just wrtitten fact "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elysa | 8/7/2013

    " Interesting story. well told. LOTS of detail about which lord benefited when and why. Information that I couldn't all absorb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Malden | 5/12/2013

    " Alison Weir has a breath-taking ability to condense complex research into captivating prose. Best to read her overview of English history in sequence. A European atlas is best kept hamdy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J Susanne | 4/13/2013

    " Fascinating portrayal of an era far from our own. Easy to let oneself be transported back in history within these chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 12/23/2012

    " A multi-sided view of the reputed She-Wolf of England. I like that she actually gives facts and doesn't always rely on books written on her by Victorian idealistic writers or take the words of a male of period with total trust. She looked things up, and researched the thing. I like it much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 10/27/2012

    " This woman inspired me. The book should cure one of ever wanting to be a royalty. What a dark existance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathlyn | 10/26/2012

    " Another great book by Alison Weir about a royal queen beset by an inept husband whose homosexuality and flagrant bestowals of royal favor nearly unravel England. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 10/16/2012

    " Alison Weir makes history come alive. Her careful reading between the lines to give a logical interpretation to peoples' actions--even seven hundred years later--makes the characters come alive. And who knew how the Order of the Garter started? I do, after reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 yizhou | 10/1/2012

    " this book is a permanent presence on my nightstand because it helps me on those tormented and sleepness nights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 9/13/2012

    " A interesting and well researched biography of Queen Isabella. Isabella married Edward II of England and quickly learned that his court and his life were ruled by his favorites. It is an engrossing read and does much to rehabilitate Isabella's reputation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aurora | 8/26/2012

    " Alison Weir is a writer of historical biography with the ability to make the subject of the book known as well as one would know a family member or friend or neighbour. This alone makes any Alison Weir biography a worthwhile read. "

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About the Author
Author Alison WeirAlison Weir is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel Innocent Traitor and several historical biographies, including Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Life of Elizabeth I, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband and two children.
About the Narrator

Lisette Lecat began her career in her native South Africa, where she had stage roles and did extensive radio and voice-over work both commercially and for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Living in Spain, England, and the United States, she did a wide range of voice-over work in three languages. She has won thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best female solo narration.