The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily (MP3 CD)
November 2009 Indie Next List
“Joanna, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem and Sicily was one of the first women to rule in her own right and she fought relatives, husbands and, popes to retain that right. The Lady Queen is history writing at its best. Fans of historical fiction will be riveted and history buffs will be amazed at the story of this largely forgotten queen.”
— Ann Carlson, Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, SC
On March 15, 1348, Joanna I, Queen of Naples, stood trial for her life before the pope and his court in Avignon. She was twenty-two years old. Her cousin and husband, Prince Andrew of Hungary, had recently been murdered, and Joanna was the chief suspect. Determined to defend herself, Joanna won her acquittal against enormous odds. Returning to Naples, she ruled over one of Europe's most prestigious courts for more than thirty years-until she was herself murdered. As courageous as Eleanor of Aquitaine, as astute and determined as Elizabeth I of England, Joanna was the only female monarch in her time to rule in her own name. She was notorious: the taint of her husband's death never quite left her. But she was also widely admired: dedicated to the welfare of her subjects and realm, she reduced crime, built hospitals and churches, and encouraged the licensing of women physicians. While a procession of the most important artists and writers of her day found patronage at her glittering court, the turmoil of her times swirled around her: war, plague, intrigue, and the treachery that would ultimately bring her down. As she did in her acclaimed Four Queens, Nancy Goldstone takes us back to the turbulent and colorful Middle Ages, and with skill and passion brings fully to life one of history's most remarkable women. Her research is impeccable, her eye for detail unerring, and in The Lady Queen she paints a captivating portrait of medieval royalty in all its incandescent complexity.
About the Author
Nancy Goldstone is coauthor, with her husband, Lawrence, of five books, including "Out of the Flames," "The Friar and the Cipher," and "Warmly Inscribed."
British actress and narrator Josephine Bailey has won ten "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and a prestigious Audie Award, and "Publishers Weekly" named her Best Female Narrator in 2002.
"[Bailey] nimbly handles the pronunciation of foreign names, and her range of expression is admirably suited to portraying various characters as she reads excerpts from their writings." ---AudioFile