A man other than my husband sits on England's throne today. What would happen if this king suddenly went mad? What would his queen do? Would she make the same mistakes I did, or would she learn from mine?
Margaret of Anjou, queen of England, cannot give up on her husband - even when he slips into insanity. And as mother to the House of Lancaster's last hope, she cannot give up on her son - even when England turns against them. This gripping tale of a queen forced to stand strong in the face of overwhelming odds is, at its heart, a tender tale of love.
Award-winning author Susan Higginbotham will once again ask listeners to question everything they know about right and wrong, compassion and hope, duty to one's country, and the desire of one's own heart.
"A beautiful blending of turbulent history and deeply felt fiction, Susan Higginbotham's The Queen of Last Hopes brings alive an amazing woman often overlooked or slandered by historians. Higginbotham has given readers of historical fiction a gift to treasure." (Karen Harper, New York Times best-selling author of The Irish Princess)
"A compelling, fast paced, and well-written saga that is destined to both entertain and educate anyone interested in the spirited and fascinating Margaret of Anjou for generations to come!" (D. L. Bogdan, author of Secrets of the Tudor Court)
"With most of her life behind her, Margaret d'Anjou, deposed queen of England, recounts her life story from 1444 to her marriage to King Henry VI, focusing on her dealings with a country that despised her. Nicole Quinn's low-key delivery and elegant voice are ideal for sharing the fears and delights of the 14-year-old who leaves France to become England's queen for the purpose of cementing relations between the two countries. Quinn's accents are subtle and flawless, and she fully captures court intrigues and romances as well as Margaret's bitterness and dismay when the king becomes incapacitated. Although her men's voices tend to be gruff and whispery, all her characters remain credible. Susan Higginbotham offers a new look at the War of the Roses, and Quinn's performance is engaging. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2013]"
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Compassion for a slandered Woman
I would happily listen to this again. This adds the gentle hand of compassion for a woman who was slandered for political gain. It adds a narrative not often explored within the genre.
I would Compare this to "The Stolen Crown" By Susan Higginbotham, both protagonists are handled sensitively although they represent opposing sides of the "war of the roses".
We are never plunged into petty malicious nonsense that some authors are partial to.
It was so delicately handled I never thought of the narration being a narration, it sounded like i was listening to conversations.
When you realise that the narrator is speaking from the perspective of one who is nearing the end of her life, all those tribulations are just what she has to comfort her.