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Edward II's first act on coming to the throne is to recall Piers Gaveston from exile, and the new king's devotion to the shrewd and avaricious young man soon becomes a scandal.

It is assumed that when Edward marries one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe his inclinations will change, but nothing can make him swerve from his attachment to Gaveston, who is clearly making the most of royal favour.

The new Queen Isabella, accustomed to adulation, is bitterly humiliated; and she is not a woman to forget or forgive. With the country in turmoil, the king is making enemies throughout the land, and he fails to see that the most deadly of these is his queen...

©1978 Jean Plaidy (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

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This is a very simple, clear telling of the story of Edward II. It is very tastefully done, and some difficult scenes are dealt with in a clear yet dignified way. There are no explicitly described violent or sexual scenes, yet the reader [listener] is under no doubt as to what happened. Very well done, and highly recommended to those who prefer not to have violent or sexual scenes described in detail. The narrator is a little too bright and overly expressive at times, making one feel at the beginning that she is reading a children's story, but as the story progresses, one becomes accustomed to her style and it becomes less noticeable. Her intonation and comprehension of what she is reading is evident, however, and she does very well in conveying the meaning of what it is she is reading. I have listened to a very large number of audio books, and she is one of the better narrators I have listened to. I would not hesitate to listen to another book read by Jilly Bond, nor would I hesitate to listen to another book written by Jean Plaidy.