The Favor of Kings

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(4.5 stars; 12 reviews)

"Never have bright romance and black scandal been more attached to the name of lovely woman," writes a quaint and susceptible chronicler, " than to that of fair Anne Boleyn." Certainly no girl ever flashed so meteor-like above the satellites of an English court, and no woman ever went to her doom under more awful accusations. Since fiction could not be half so amazing as the facts of Anne Boleyn's story, I have kept this novel of her fortunes true to those facts, and have gone, for their knowledge, not only to the histories written of this period, but in many cases to the sources of those histories. My endeavor has been to reveal the actual characters and the actual situations, and to use as much of the real incident and dialogue as possible." (Summary from the Foreword)) (11 hr 42 min)


Foreword 3:51 Read by Verity Kendall
The Queen's Refusal 15:12 Read by Verity Kendall
A Broken Betrothal 25:31 Read by Verity Kendall
A Rose and Some Words 29:41 Read by Verity Kendall
A Dance With A King 21:34 Read by Verity Kendall
Hope Renewed 23:00 Read by Verity Kendall
The Interview 14:07 Read by Lynne T
Calumny 29:39 Read by Gnomesb
The Insult 14:47 Read by Lynne T
A Vision of a Crown 23:39 Read by Lynne T
Second Thoughts 19:47 Read by Lynne T
An Inopportune Event 11:39 Read by Lynne T
A Royal Tête-À-Tête 9:31 Read by Lynne T
The Cardinal's Enlightenment 19:27 Read by Kalynda
The Pestilence 13:29 Read by Kalynda
In Hever Castle 36:51 Read by Lynne T
The Queen Speaks 15:34 Read by Lynne T
A Tragic Farce 14:58 Read by Lynne T
The Law's Delays 20:56 Read by Kikine
A Farewell to Greatness 18:23 Read by Kikine
Lady Anne Rochford 23:03 Read by BettyB
Hope Deferred 15:32 Read by Lynne T
The Marchioness of Pembroke 20:38 Read by Lynne T
The Last Card 14:19 Read by Bill Boerst
Happiest of Women 19:22 Read by Bill Boerst
The Child 17:27 Read by Bill Boerst
A Rival Flouted 25:52 Read by Bill Boerst
The Writing on the Wall 25:45 Read by Bill Boerst
Rumors 29:36 Read by Bill Boerst
A Blow in the Dark 23:37 Read by Bill Boerst
The Tower 19:06 Read by Bill Boerst
A Letter and Two Songs 12:09 Read by BettyB
The Trial 25:59 Read by Bill Boerst
The Numbered Hours 39:55 Read by Bill Boerst
The End 9:02 Read by BettyB


interesting book

(4 stars)

First few chapters were difficult to listen to. Reader barely paused between sentences so once I re-listened to them a few times it became possible to understand what was being read. The author painted a very realistic narrative of a historic period in time. Made me reflect on current events and parallel political tactics. Not exactly the same obviously but similar mindset. Now I want to study these events and learn more about this ruthless king and Anne's daughter. What became of her? 5 star book, 4 star reading. But they tried. Most were better than I could do.

Great book and author

(5 stars)

some readers go too fast, simply adjust the playback speed and follow this tale through to the bitter end. so strange to think only 300 years late came the prudish Victorians, whose influence is still felt, hard to imagine in the courts of these times.