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Corsair: The Adventures of Hector Lynch
Tim Severin
Corsair: The Adventures of Hector Lynch
Read by Rupert Farley

1677 – snatched from an Irish village by Barbary corsairs, 17-year-old Hector Lynch finds himself in a bewildering world where life is cheap and only the quick-witted survive. Befriended by fellow captive Dan, they escape horrors of the slave barracks by converting to Islam; then, serving aboard a Turkish ship, their vessel is sunk at sea. Condemned to further slavery and chained to the oar bench... More >


Privateer (The Adventures of Hector Lynch Pirate)
Tim Severin
Privateer (The Adventures of Hector Lynch Pirate)
Read by John Cormack

Diving for plunder in the Caribbean, Hector Lynch and his companions are spotted by a Spanish ship. Escaping capture by burning the vessel’s sails – an act of piracy – they head for Tortuga, where Hector’s wife Maria awaits. He longs for a better life for them both, on the right side of the law. But the crew run into Laurens de Graff – a renowned mercenary captain now in command of a royal French ... More >

Blood Royal
Vanora Bennett
Blood Royal
Read by Lucy Scott

Catherine de Valois, daughter of the French king, is brought up in the unstable environment of the royal court, where her only friend is the poet Christine de Pizan. Married to Henry V as part of a treaty, she is terrified at the idea of being married to a man who is a foreigner, an enemy and a rough soldier. Within two years she is widowed, and mother of the future King of England and France. Cau... More >

Figures in Silk
Vanora Bennett
Figures in Silk
Read by Lucy Scott

As the Wars of the Roses draw slowly to a close, England is a place of turmoil. Edward IV is on the throne but his position is unstable and he finds himself challenged by a man who would become Henry VII. But Isabel, a silkweaver to the court and mistress to Richard III, can cut through the turmoil with her clever ways and her pretty smile. Her sister Jane is mistress to Edward IV. Could they hold... More >

The People’s Queen
Vanora Bennett
The People’s Queen
Read by Lucy Scott

Fourteenth century England. The country is in turmoil. The King is in debt to the City, and the old order had broken down. The King’s mistress, Alice Perrers, becomes the virtual ruler of the country. Disliked and despised by the Black Prince, her strong connections to the merchants make her a natural ally for the King’s ambitious second son, John of Gaunt. Together they create a powerful position... More >

Portrait of an Unknown Woman
Vanora Bennett
Portrait of an Unknown Woman
Read by Lucy Scott

The year is 1527. Hans Holbein makes his first visit to England under the patronage of Sir Thomas More. As a guest in the splendid More house in Chelsea, Holbein begins to paint their first family portrait. Little could he know that in a few short years, the family, Tudor society and England itself would have changed beyond recognition. More's household was famous for its liveliness and learning. ... More >

Napoleon’s Pyramids
William Dietrich
Napoleon’s Pyramids
Read by Jeff Harding

Ethan Gage, an expatriate American in post-revolutionary France, wins an ancient medallion in a card game. That same night, Ethan is framed for a prostitute’s murder and barely escapes France with his life. Faced with either prison or death, Gage is offered a third choice: to accompany Napoleon Bonaparte, as France sails to conquer Egypt. Once Gage arrives, he realises that the medallion may solve... More >


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