1601: Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors

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(3.9 stars; 16 reviews)

Please note: this recording contains strong language.

"1601," wrote Mark Twain, "is a supposititious conversation which takes place in Queen Elizabeth's closet in that year, between the Queen, Ben Jonson, Beaumont, Sir Walter Raleigh, the Duchess of Bilgewater, and one or two others ... If there is a decent word findable in it, it is because I overlooked it." 1601 depicts a highfalutin and earthy discussion between the Queen and her court about farting and a variety of sexual peccadillos, narrated disapprovingly and sanctimoniously by the Queen's Cup-Bearer, an eyewitness at "the Social Fireside." [Summary by Denny Sayers]

Introduction — Denny Sayers
Narrator — Jonathan Horniblow
The Queen — miette
Beaumonte — David Lawrence
Lady Margery Boothy — Kristin Hughes
Lady Alice Dilberry, Ben Jonson, Lord Bacon — Ruth Golding
Lady Helen — Philippa
Sir Walter Ralegh — Mark F. Smith
Shaxpur — Andy Minter (0 hr 19 min)


Dramatis Personae 1:05 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
1601 18:33 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


Olde England Aristocry

(4 stars)

This was a very enjoyable ensemble reading by the artist's at Libravox....Bravo....Encore!

Can you imagine the Monty Python groups version!

(5 stars)

(4 stars)

Different, unusual, but still, awkwardly funny!🤬😳😬 😂💨


(3 stars)

If you want to listen to five plus minutes (the opening section) devoted to flatulence, go for it. Otherwise, the second part is equally scatalogical. I couldn't finish it. I am giving it three stars because the readers did this for free and probably shouldn't be punished with a bad review for it. My real rating is -Just....no....... No.