The Norman Trilogy
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  • 1
    The Bastard King | Jean Plaidy

    The Bastard King

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    William the Conqueror is destined to succeed his father as the Duke of Normandy but questions about his legitimacy mean he consistently faces challenges from potential usurpers in the Duchy to retain the title. He marries Matilda, the equally intelligent and ambitious daughter of the King of Flanders, and together they have many children. In 1066, he crosses the channel from Normandy to England and seizes the crown from King Harold, Edward the Confessor's popular successor.

    William the conqueror

    I have really enjoyed this book. I had heard of Jean plaidy but it is only after exhausting Phillipa Gregory's novels that I have actually turned to..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 June 2015 by Mrs. M. Kirk ()
  • 2
    The Lion of Justice: Norman Trilogy, Book 2 | Jean Plaidy

    The Lion of Justice: Norman Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    The death of The Conqueror left three sons to inherit his power and his wealth. Normandy for Robert, England for Rufus, and for Henry, the youngest, 5,000 pounds of silver. The three were natural rivals. The feckless Robert lost his Norman dukedom in an orgy of impulsive extravagance. Red-haired Rufus scandalized the court with his perverse sexuality and contempt for the Church. And Henry - cleverest of all - awaited his chance to fulfill his father's prophecy and assume the mantle of The Lion of Justice.

    Bringing history to life

    I'm loving listening to Jean Plaidy after an almost 40 year gap. Great story which is read well. Gripping. Glad I've got the next one lined up!

    Reviewed on 22 March 2015 by Mary Collin (UK - Midlands)
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    The Passionate Enemies | Jean Plaidy

    The Passionate Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    The death of the King's son aboard the doomed White Ship, left the ageing Henry I again without an heir. Henry's daughter, the Empress Matilda, could not succeed her father while her own German husband still lived - but she could hope. Henry's nephew, the affable, charming Stephen was also looking towards the English throne.

    Passionate enemies - fascinating history

    Loved it. A gripping story read with passion and feeling. Such a fascinating period in England's history. Can't wait for the next one!

    Reviewed on 25 April 2015 by Mary Collin (UK - Midlands)