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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Interesting story made more compelling by narratio
Yes. It is a fascinating period of English history but can get a little longwinded without the great narration which enlivens it.
She made you care about Eleanor even though she is not always a likeable person. You really get inside her mind.
The same as the book. It's intriguing and historical.
30 minutes in and regretted spending my credit
I suspect the book is good. Better for readers than listeners
I think it could be a good reading book.
I can't tell if the reading of it by Stevie Zimmerman is what makes it so dull, or if it is because it is a monologue with no other characters at least in the first 30 minutes of the book. She has a very soothing voice, but everything sounded the same.
Really didn't have other characters other than Eleanor in the beginning. I couldnt make it through the rest.
May try to keep going, but will probably find a new book.
- Jennifer Olson "Loves history and historical mysteries. Really picky about the audio book performance too."