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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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Wolf Hall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Simon Slater
18 discs

With no male heir, the infamous Henry VIII wants to annul his 20-year marriage to Queen Catherine in favor of a marriage to Anne Boleyn. When Cardinal Wolsey fails to convince the Catholic Church to follow his king’s ideas, he falls out of favor. In steps Thomas Cromwell–a blacksmith’s son who has seen his share of hardship. When he is able to give the king his heart’s desire, he finds himself in a powerful position. But his new role is a dangerous one with the volatile king.

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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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Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Paul Matthews

This account differs than other collection because it focuses at greater length on political and religious subtleties, and develops an imposing cast of supporting characters. The bulk of the book inevitably deals with Henry’s first two wives, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Accounts of the remaining queens are fleshed out nicely to suggest their personalities, their place in the family networks and religious currents at court and the overall patterns of the king’s infatuations and disillusionments.

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Gigi  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Leslie Caron

A young Parisian Girl is groomed by her grandmother for a career as a courteasan.  Once she embarks on a relationship with a wealthy cultured man her  delicate and delightful nature convinces him he may be in love with her.  Can they marry with the mores of the day?

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A Rose for the Crown ♥ ♥ ♥
Rosalyn Landor
20 discs

rose1Kate is married at a young age to an older merchant and becomes wealthy when her husband dies. Her second marriage is to a cousin who prefers the stableboy to his wife. She meets Richard of Gloucester and falls in love. Her husband is killed during an attack and she bears Richard three children.

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Cousin Bette ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Johanna Ward
13 discs

betteUnmarried middle-aged Bette, plots the destruction of her cousin Adeline and her husband Baron Hector Hulot.  Harboring a deep resentment of her relatives’ success Bette conspires with Valérie Marneffe, an unhappily married young lady, in the seduction and torment of a series of men.   In the end Baron Hulot sacrifices his family’s fortune and good name to please Valérie, who then leaves him for a tradesman named Crevel.

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