The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham

  • by Tony Riches
  • Narrated by Stevie Zimmerman
  • 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

England, 1441: Lady Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester, hopes to become Queen of England before her interest in astrology and her husband's ambition leads their enemies to accuse her of a plot against the king. Eleanor is found guilty of sorcery and witchcraft. Rather than have her executed, King Henry VI orders Eleanor to be imprisoned for life.
More than a century after her death, carpenters restoring one of the towers of Beaumaris Castle discover a sealed box hidden under the wooden boards. Thinking they have found treasure, they break the ancient box open, disappointed to find it only contains a book, with hand-sewn pages of yellowed parchment.
Written in a code no one could understand, the mysterious book changed hands many times for more than five centuries, between antiquarian book collectors, until it came to me. After years of frustrating failure to break the code, I discover it is based on a long forgotten medieval dialect and am at last able to decipher the secret diary of Eleanor Cobham.


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Customer Reviews

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Interesting story made more compelling by narratio

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is a fascinating period of English history but can get a little longwinded without the great narration which enlivens it.

What about Stevie Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

She made you care about Eleanor even though she is not always a likeable person. You really get inside her mind.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The same as the book. It's intriguing and historical.

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- Maya

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2016
  • Publisher: Preseli Press