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As one of the queen's attendants and the daughter of prominent Royalists, she was exiled to France when King Charles I was overthrown. As the English Civil War raged on, Margaret met and married William Cavendish, who encouraged her writing and her desire for a career. After the war her work earned her both fame and infamy in England; at the dawn of daily newspapers, she was "Mad Madge", an original tabloid celebrity. Yet Margaret was also the first woman to be invited to the Royal Society of London - a mainstay of the Scientific Revolution - and the last for another 200 years.
Margaret the First is very much a contemporary novel set in the past. Written with lucid precision and sharp cuts through narrative time, it is a gorgeous and wholly new approach to imagining the life of a historical woman.
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By Mare99 on 04-18-17
A delightful story
What did you love best about Margaret the First?
I didn't know about Margaret and that she was one of the first women to write and publish and to speak her mind in a man's world. She was portrayed as having a fantastic imagination but was able to keep up with the best minds of her era.
What about Lucy Rayner’s performance did you like?
She did a perfect reading of a book that had a unique writing style. Her pacing was excellent and her low male voice was tolerable, though I wish women didn't feel they have to distort their voices to read a male character's part.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, but I couldn't.
Any additional comments?
This is a delightful book - I felt sympathy for Margaret's rejections and admiration for her accomplishments. That her husband supported her writing was also admirable.