Elizabeth of York

  • by Alison Weir
  • Narrated by Maggie Mash
  • 22 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

Praise for the author:
"Weir provides immense satisfaction. She writes in a pacy, vivid style, engaging the heart as well as the mind." (Independent)
"Staggeringly useful...combines solid information with tantalising appetisers." (Mail on Sunday on Britain's Royal Families)


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Customer Reviews

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Hard work

There is very clearly little to write about Elizabeth of York - with the exceptions of maybes and perhaps(es). I'm guessing that Elizabeth Weir needed to write a book of more than 5 pages, which is probably all you would get from factual knowledge of her and so the book is made up of irritating guesses, maybes, would have, perhapses and merely conjectures. Even more irritating was the monetary valuation being recalculated into "being worth £(an obscene amount) today" at every mention of what was paid out to ladies, jesters, dress makers, and for fabrics, food, soap and just about anything to make up page numbers (it drove me potty!!!). The book was tediously long for very little information on Elizabeth of York, making it a pretty pointless book for me. A real shame, as I so thoroughly enjoyed The Wives of Henry the Eighth. I also got the impression that Maggie Marsh was probably just as fed up reading it by the dull set tones of her voice - but she did her best with the subject. Well, wouldn't recommend this book for the subject - but might be OK if you were looking for general information around that time and can suffer the tedium!!!
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- mollymoon1

Annoying narrator and could have been edited a lot

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book was enjoyable in parts but was agonisingly detailed, to the point I nearly gave up half way through! More like an academic and thorough text with huge amounts of referencing rather than a lighthearted listen.

If you’ve listened to books by Alison Weir before, how does this one compare?

First by AW

Would you be willing to try another one of Maggie Mash’s performances?

No - I utterly hated her accents and voices. She pronounced 'diverse' as 'divers' so many times I could have screamed!

If this book were a film would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

Would have been better if it was half as long and got to the main themes and points a lot quicker!

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- spanglypink

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2013
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks