The Scandalous Duchess

  • by Anne O'Brien
  • Narrated by Lucy Paterson
  • 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you will be a great man's mistress, you must pay the price....
The Savoy, 1372. Widow Lady Katherine Swynford presents herself for a role in the household of merciless royal prince John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, hoping to end her destitution. But the Duke's scandalous proposition leaves her life of pious integrity reeling....
Seduced by the glare of royal adoration, Katherine becomes John's mistress. She will leave behind everything she has stood for to play second fiddle to his young wife and ruthless ambition. She will live in the shadows of the most powerful man in England in the hope of a love greater than propriety. But soon the court whispers - whore, harlot, vile temptress - reach the ears of not just John's bride but his most dangerous political enemies.
As the Plantagenet prince is accused of bringing England to its knees, who better to blame than shameless she-devil Katherine Swynford? Dragged from the shadows, Katherine must answer for her sins.


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Powerful Love

Katherine Swineford holds a special place for me, I read about this amazing love story when I was young and it still moves me to tears. The fact that John of Gaunt never became a king but his Lancastrian son did and their blood through the Beauforts gave rise to the Tudors often makes he think about destiny. This story, so well told and well narrated is a case of heaping pleasure on pleasure. Enter that world of chivalry, and beauty as well as deceit and malice. Experience a glimpse into a by gone age, the beautiful clothes, the hunting as well as a dripping dilapidated manor all brought alive by a great story teller and adept narrator.
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- Beady

I would wait for the movie

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Its such a fascinating period in history and this is such a strong female character that it seemed sucha shame she was left to utter deep sighs and a bit of bodice ripping.

Would you be willing to try another book from Anne O'Brien? Why or why not?

No I was not overly impressed with the writing style sorry!

Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Paterson’s performances?


Was The Scandalous Duchess worth the listening time?

a reasonable tube ride book.

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- Valerie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-07-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited