Lady of the English

  • by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by Patience Tomlinson
  • 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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A fascinating subject

What did you like most about Lady of the English?

The story of Matilda and Stephen and the English Civil War - it linked so many isolated incidents that I had heard about in history lessons at school many years ago but this is the first time they have all come together for me. The story of Adeliza and William was also interesting particularly as there were actually supporting different sides.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Elizabeth Chadwick seems to be able to put her academic research into the early medieval period into very entertaining fiction which still keeps true to the period without any irritating anachronisms.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of costume, household effects, art and architecture - even the horse' s names were explained.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I enjoyed Tomlinson's reading except for when she changed her voice for male characters - it sounded very silly at times and spoilt the narrative flow.


Any additional comments?

I intend to start reading about Marshall and his life and times. I think there is a series of novels about the Greatest Knight.

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- brenda miller

Fair enough

Would you consider the audio edition of Lady of the English to be better than the print version?

Well, I feel that this book was actually a better portrayal of Adeliza of Louvain, I felt for her more. Matilda was fair enough, i was very sorry that she didn't get what was her birthright, or a husband who was of her choice or actually not a complete and utter terror.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Adeliza of Louvain her inability to conceive with a very fertile man, her sorrows and then her incredible fecundity with Will. You actively root for her.


Which character – as performed by Patience Tomlinson – was your favourite?

Adeliza of Louvain


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really. The Actor was good but something about the book left me a little cold


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- Ama "History lover, Amateur dramatic and tea drinker."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2012
  • Publisher: Soundings