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monarchy DSMonarchy ♥ ♥ ♥

 Read by David Starkey,♥ ♥ ♥ ♥;   10:09

The Crown of England is the oldest surviving political institution in Europe.  David Starkey emphasises the Crown’s endless capacity to adapt to circumstances and reshape national policy, whilst he unmasks the personalities and achievements, the defeats and victories, which lie behind the kings and queens of British history. Each of these monarchs has contributed to the religion, geography, laws, language, and government which survives today.

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Prophecy ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by John Lee
12:48

It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align – an astrological phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age and the dawn of another. The streets of London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth.

When several of the queen’s maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound. Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes. While Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that something far more sinister is at work. But even as the climate of fear at the palace intensifies, the queen refuses to believe that the killer could be someone within her own court.

Bruno must play a dangerous game: can he allow the plot to progress far enough to give the queen the proof she needs without putting her, England, or his own life in danger?

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Heresy ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by John Lee
13:9

Set in the 16th-century England, Giordano Bruno, monk, poet, scientist, and magician is on the run from the Roman Inquisition on charges of heresy for his belief that the Earth orbits the sun and that the universe is infinite. Bruno’s pursuit of rare knowledge brings him to London, where he is unexpectedly recruited by Queen Elizabeth I and is sent undercover to Oxford University on the pretext of a royal visitation. Officially Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen.   His mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly murders and a spirited and beautiful young woman. As Bruno begins to discover a pattern in these killings, he realizes that no one at Oxford is who he seems to be. Bruno must attempt to outwit a killer who appears obsessed with the boundary between truth and heresy.

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World Without End ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by John Lee
Download 45:38

Set 200 years after The Pillars of the Earth and its story of a  cathedral in Kingsbridge, England, now that very same cathedral still dominate in village life. Much has changed though, including the common people serving as serfs instead of wandering the countryside looking for work, and more societal changes, including medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice, are working into the lives of the people. Four children save a knight being attacked by armed men, and their stories drive the narrative, which includes the biggest change yet to be visited up on Kingsbridge, the arrival of the Black Plague.

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Ghostwalk ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Rosalyn Landor

10 discs

Cambridge historian, Elizabeth Vogelsang, is found dead in the river Cam, just as she was about to finish her unconventional study of Isaac Newton’s infatuation with alchemy. Lydia Brooke is asked by Elizabeth’s son, Cameron, her former lover, to finish the book. Soon the affair has been rekindled, and Lydia, ensconced in Elizabeth’s studio, is experiencing all variety of otherworldly phenomena: movements of light across the walls, vanished papers, even the possible interference in her work of a seventeenth-century rival of Newton’s. Can a series of Cambridge murders in the present, all apparently connected to Cameron’s scientific research, be linked to a similar series of deaths in the seventeenth century that opened the door for Newton to win a professorship?  -Booklist

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Charles and Emma: The Darwin’s Leap of Faith  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Rosalyn Landor
6 Discs

Charles Darwin published The Origin of Specie, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859 and nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities.  That same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith gave Charles a great deal to consider as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates.  Charles and Emma is a thought-provoking account of the marriage behind evolutionary theory: how their personal lives affected his work and vice versa. 

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A Murderous Procession  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Jill Tanner
10 discs

Medieval forensic pathologist Adelia Aguilar has been an enjoying a quiet life in the countryside with her daughter and friends. Then Henry II demands that she accompany his daughter, Joan, and her formal procession to Italy and offers to keep her daughter with Queen Eleanor until her safe return. But death stalks the procession, and Adelia and her loyal friends soon realize that the killer is someone from her past bent on revenge.  -Booklist

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