• by Anne Edwards
  • Narrated by Corrie James
  • 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The life of Princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. From a family of impoverished nobility, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne. Her pivotal role in the abdication of her eldest son, the Duke of Windsor, is just one of the events that provide the backdrop for both thrilling biography and for narrating the splendors and tragedies of the entire house of Windsor.


What the Critics Say

"A magnificent portrayal of majesty...Edwards depicts the whole panorama, from pageantry and protocol to small private detail, with superb narrative finesse, psychological insight, and impressively far-ranging and scrupulous research." (Chicago Tribune)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I will want to read it again!!!

I’m two thirds of the way in, and I can already say I will want to read this book again someday… so much new information!

I have read and seen and listened to many many biographies and documentaries about the British Royal Family, the Windsor’s in particular, yet there was surprisingly little on George V and Queen Mary.

This was a great find.
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- Simone

Interesting, informative, and insightful

What made the experience of listening to Matriarch the most enjoyable?

The narrator is engaging, not overdone, The historical facts are written in a way that is enticing, bringing the historical figuress to life.Very educational without being dry.

What did you like best about this story?

The depiction of the events written in a way that stuck to the facts, while being entertaing.

What about Corrie James’s performance did you like?

Excellent. Articulate, perfection diction and pleasing voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

very well written and narrated.

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- norma kaiser

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio