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Catherine the Great Catherine the Great / Robert K. Massie

The extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family,Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russia by sheer determination. Possessing a brilliant mind and an insatiable curiosity as a young woman, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers and, when she reached the throne, attempted to use their principles to guide her rule of the vast and backward Russian empire. (Publishers summary) 


Read by: Mark Deakins. 


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Cleopatra: a life Cleopatra: a life / Stacy Schiff

To this day, Cleopatra proves to be one of the most important and controversial figures in ancient history. Married to both of her brothers, the first of which she defeated in a civil war before ordering the second's murder, Cleopatra would also have affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony and nearly tear the Roman Empire in two. However, author Stacy Schiff believes history has given Cleopatra a bad rap and sets out to tell Egyptian queen's true story. Read by: Robin Miles.


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Elizabeth the Queen: the life of a modern monarch Elizabeth the Queen: the life of a modern monarch / Sally Bedell Smith

From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world's most famous monarch? Drawing on hundreds of interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II.

Read by Rosalyn Landor. 


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Sister queens: the noble, tragic lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile Sister queens: the noble, tragic lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile / Julia Fox

Historian Fox offers this first dual biography of the daughters of Spain's Ferdinand and Isabella whose entwined royal relationships helped define the 15th- and 16th-century European political landscape.

Read by Rosalyn Landor.

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