The Forbidden Queen

  • by Anne O'Brien
  • Narrated by Emily Lucienne
  • 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An innocent pawn. A kingdom without a King. A new dynasty will reign....
It's 1415. The jewel in the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is waiting under lock and key for King Henry V. While he's been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save her from her misery. But the brutal King wants her crown, not her innocent love.
For Katherine, England is a lion's den of greed, avarice and mistrust. And when Katherine is widowed at 21, she is a prize ripe for the taking. Her young son the future monarch, her hand in marriage worth a kingdom. This is a deadly political game, one the Dowager Queen must learn fast. The players - Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor -are circling. Who will have her? Who will ruin her?
This is the story of Katherine de Valois. The forbidden queen who launched the most famous dynasty of all time...


What the Critics Say

"This book has everything - royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics and ultimately, the shaping of the woman who founded the Tudors." (Cosmopolitan)


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This has to be the worst historical novel ever

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The story lines dragged out to the point of being boring and the narrator had me falling asleep, I feel somewhat sorry for her as the material she had to work with was the worst.

What could Anne O'Brien have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If she can't write a decent story with all the historical material available, please leave it alone instead of dragging the story out with fluffy romantic rubbish. Take time to read some of Elizabeth Chadwick's books to see how it's done.

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- jonjo

Welsh pronunciation ruins story

Excellent story but what a shame the reader did not seek out the proper prounciation of annwyl, Cariad and Angharad. As a Welsh person who does not speak the language the reader ruined the enjoyment by the mispronunciation of Owain Glyn Dwr amongst other words. Would not have taken much to find the real annunciation of the words surely?
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- Mrs. O. W. Hawkins

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-08-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited