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Josephine: A life of an Empress ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Davina Porter

When she married Napoleon Bonaparte in 1796, Rose de Beauharnais was a 32-year-old widow who had narrowly escaped the French Revolution’s guillotine. She was six years older than he, notorious for her lovers, and unlikely to give him children, but possessed of the social connections and skills the ambitious young general thought would help him rise in the revolutionary army. He gave “his living reverie, his dream of perfect passion” a new name, Josephine

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Great Catherine  ♥ ♥ ♥
The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
Read by Davina Porter

catherineCourageous, fair and generous Empress Catherine began life as plain but precocious Princess Sophie in a tiny German principality. Her mother never warmed to her willful, intelligent, and athletic daughter, but others discerned Sophie’s charm and magnetic personality, including members of the court of Russia’s Empress Elizabeth. Young, ambitious, and daring, Sophie made the arduous journey to St. Petersburg, was christened Catherine after her conversion to Greek Orthodoxy, and with a firm belief in her destiny to rule, resigned herself to marrying the repulsive, demented, and impotent grand duke. During the course of their unconsummated union, Catherine was subjected to appalling deprivations and mental cruelty, tests that ultimately tempered her resolve and honed her considerable political acumen.  Catherine became a modern woman, devoted to her work, if you will, but just as determined to have love in her life.

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Best of Friends ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Davina Porter

The rich and complex story of Gina and Laurence, friends since their teens but never in love. Now Gina’s husband no longer likes his wife and daughter, and when Gina turns to her dearest friend for comfort, she places both of their marriages in jeopardy.

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Wallis & Edward: Letters ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Davina Porter Neil Hunt, Betty Harris

wallisBy the end of this fascinating and superbly edited collection of the 1930s letters of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, one comes as close as possible to knowing the writers. In contrast to the popularly accepted picture of a scheming woman, Wallis in particular comes across as a likeable, vibrant woman who got caught up in something she didn’t understand.

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To the Scaffold: the Life of Marie Antoinette  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Davina Porter

marieMuch maligned in her lifetime, Marie Antoinette is likewise much misunderstood by history, which portrays her as a vain, selfish, and insensitive woman of limited intellect.  Tracing Marie Antoinette from her childhood among her 13 brothers and sisters at the court of her legendary mother, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, Marie was not as the selfish queen of lore but  a reasonably intelligent, opinionated woman of decidedly conservative bent whose ultimate “crime,” for which she paid with her life, was having the wrong title in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Mists of Avalon ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Mistress of Magic; High Queen;
The King Stag; The Prisoner in the Oak
Read by Davina Porter

avalon The book follows  Morgaine, who is known now as Morgan La Fay a priestess fighting to save her culture in a country where Christianity  threatens to destroy her Goddess worshipping way of life. The book follows the lives of Guinevere, Viviane and Morguase through their noble and religous lives.  These women have been  marginalized in Arthurian retellings but here the Knights of the Round Table and King Arthur are instead supporting characters.

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