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    • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 61
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      5 out of 5 stars 57
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      5 out of 5 stars 57

    This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging

    • By Daniel Stockwell on 06-03-2016

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets

    • Six Tudor Queens, Book 4
    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Esther Wane
    • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    A German Princess with a guilty secret. The King is in love with Anna's portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride. She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance. But Anna's past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall. Everyone knows the King won't stand for a problem queen. Anna of Kleve. The fourth of Henry's Queens. Her story. 

    Non-member price: $37.98

    • Queens of the Conquest

    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 10

    In the first volume of this epic new series, Alison Weir strips away centuries of romantic mythology and prejudice to reveal the lives of England's queens in the century after the Norman Conquest. Beginning with Matilda of Flanders, who supported William the Conqueror in 1066, to the turbulent life of the Empress Maud, who claimed to be queen of England in her own right and fought a bitter war to that end, the five Norman queens emerge as hugely influential figures and fascinating characters.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • well researched

    • By Jennifer on 31-01-2018

    Non-member price: $39.10

    • Traitors of the Tower

    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Harriet Carmichael
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    More than four hundred years ago, seven people - five of them women - were beheaded in the Tower of London. Three had been queens of England. The others were found guilty of treason. Why were such important people put to death? Alison Weir's gripping book tells their stories: from the former friend betrayed by a man set on being king, to the young girl killed after just nine days on the throne. Alison Weir is a wonderful storyteller. Through her vivid writing, history comes alive.

    Non-member price: $7.48

    • Katherine Swynford

    • The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess
    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
    • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this remarkable book, Alison Weir recounts one of the greatest and most remarkable love stories of medieval England. It is the extraordinary tale of an exceptional woman, Katherine Swynford, who became first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. But Katherine Swynford was much more than that.

    Non-member price: $34.57

    • Lancaster and York

    • The Wars of the Roses
    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
    • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Lancater and York is a riveting account of the Wars of the Roses, from beloved historian Alison Weir. The war between the houses of Lancaster and York was characterised by treachery, deceit, and bloody battles. Alison Weir's lucid and gripping account focuses on the human side of history. At the centre of the book stands Henry VI, the pious king whose mental instability led to political chaos, and his wife Margaret of Anjou, who took up her arms in her husband's cause and battled in a violent man's world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic history

    • By Simon on 11-04-2017

    Non-member price: $40.58

    • The Children of Henry VIII

    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is one of the most popular chroniclers of British and European royal history. In this fascinating book she sheds light on the scheming, backstabbing and brutality that plagued England after Henry VIII’s death. Filled with remarkable and sometimes shocking details, The Children of Henry VIII is an arresting narrative that brings the past to life and infuses it with all the flair of a riveting novel.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • No Elizabeth

    • By Daniel Stockwell on 07-04-2016

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • Henry VIII: King and Court

    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 25 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 9

    This magnificent biography of Henry VIII is set against the cultural, social and political background of his court - the most spectacular court ever seen in England - and the splendour of his many sumptuous palaces. An entertaining narrative packed with colourful description and a wealth of anecdotal evidence, but also a comprehensive analytical study of the development of both monarch and court during a crucial period in English history.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Well researched but narration good for insomniacs

    • By AshaMaria on 07-02-2019

    Non-member price: $35.90

    • Elizabeth of York

    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
    • Length: 22 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 12

    Elizabeth of York would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. One of the key figures of the Wars of the Roses, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, she married Henry Tudor to bring peace to a war-torn England. In Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen, Alison Weir builds a portrait of this beloved queen, placing her in the context of the magnificent, ceremonious, often brutal world she inhabited.

    Non-member price: $47.56

    • Mary Boleyn

    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Mary Boleyn was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. In this astonishing and riveting biography, Alison Weir’s extensive research gives a new and detailed portrayal, in which she recounts that, contrary to popular belief, Mary was entirely undeserving of her posthumous notoriety as a great whore.

    Non-member price: $26.04

    • Queen Isabella

    • Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England
    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Popular historian Alison Weir has crafted best-selling biographies of such prominent icons as King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. A master at uncovering fascinating and little-known details, Weir brings these historical figures to life with a brilliant blend of entertainment and scholarship. No English queen has drawn more ire than the vilified Queen Isabella. Weir, at long last, delivers the definitive biography of one of the most controversial members of English royalty.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent historical biography

    • By mary on 16-10-2018
    • Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England
    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 11-07-2012
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 ratings

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Against Our Better Judgment

    • The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel
    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Daniel McGowan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Soon after WWII, U.S. statesman Dean Acheson warned that creating Israel on land already inhabited by Palestinians would "imperil" both American and all Western interests in the region. Despite warnings such as this one, President Truman supported establishing a Jewish state on land primarily inhabited by Muslims and Christians.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Insightful and very troubling

    • By Thomaslala on 30-04-2019

    Non-member price: $21.69