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The Fort
Bernard Cornwell
The Fort
Read by Robin Bowerman

Summer 1779, a British force of fewer than one thousand Scottish infantry were sent to build a garrison in the State of Maine. The War of Independence was in its third year and the State of Massachusetts was determined to expel the British. But when they sent a fleet of 40 vessels to ‘captivate, kill and destroy’ they underestimated their enemies, calm in battle and ready for victory. Told from bo... More >

The Burning Land
Bernard Cornwell
The Burning Land
Read by Stephen Perring

In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunities ... First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking horde, who is encouraged to cruelty by his woman, Skade. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who lead... More >

Death of Kings
Bernard Cornwell
Death of Kings
Read by Stephen Perring

As the 9th century wanes, King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britain to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son, Edward, to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne. As the king’s warrior, Uhtred knows that he will either be the means of making Alfred’s dream of a united and Christian England come to pass or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.... More >

1356
Bernard Cornwell
1356
Read by Jack Hawkins

The Hundred Years War rages on and the bloodiest battles are yet to be fought. The English army, victorious at the Battle of Crécy and led by the Black Prince, is invading again and the French are hunting them down.Thomas of Hookton, an English archer known as Le Bâtard, is under orders to seek out the lost sword of St Peter, a weapon said to grant certain victory to whoever possesses her.As the o... More >

Shakespeare’s Rebel
C. C. Humphreys
Shakespeare’s Rebel
Read by The Author

Robert Deveraux, Earl of Essex: Queen Elizabeth’s last, perhaps her greatest, love – and the man that John Lawley, England’s finest swordsman, most wishes to avoid. All John wants is to remain free to help his oldest friend Will Shakespeare finish the play that threatens to destroy him: The Tragedy of Hamlet. To realise these dreams, John must dodge both Essex and his ruthless adversary for the q... More >

The Blooding of Jack Absolute
C. C. Humphreys
The Blooding of Jack Absolute
Read by David Thorpe

London 1759 and Jack Absolute's life is easy. A scholar at Westminster School, a master with cricket bat or billiard cue, he has both a girl he worships and a courtesan teaching him the ways of the world. Yet he plans to give up all carousing and begin a new life – if he can just stay out of trouble for one night ... After duels, battles, frantic escapes and a brutal winter in a Canadian cave, the... More >

The Woman in the Shadows
Carol McGrath
The Woman in the Shadows
Read by Charlotte Strevens

When beautiful cloth merchant’s daughter Elizabeth Williams is widowed at the age of twenty-two, she is determined to succeed in the business she has learned from her father. But many are opposed to a woman making her own way in the world, and Elizabeth could have powerful enemies – enemies who know the truth about her late husband. Then Elizabeth meets kindly, ambitious merchant turned lawyer, Th... More >

The Red Velvet Turnshoe: An Abbess of Meaux Mystery
Cassandra Clark
The Red Velvet Turnshoe: An Abbess of Meaux Mystery
Read by Julia Barrie

B lack February in the year 1383: rain started to fall before Martinmas. The nun Hildegard is sent across Europe in search of a precious relic, the Cross of Constantine. Strong-willed and independent, she will need remarkable skills to survive such a dangerous quest. Many want her mission to fail – and one, above all, who plans a deadly revenge.... More >

Bones of the Hills
Conn Iggulden
Bones of the Hills
Read by Rupert Farley

Genghis Khan is the leader of a nation united from the tribes. He was victorious in the long war against the Chin, the Mongolians’ ancient foe. Now trouble arises from another direction. His embassies to the west are rebuffed, his ambassadors are murdered. The nation must embark on their greatest journey where they face enemies: ancient, powerful enemies. But the khan has chosen a path that will l... More >

Lords of the Bow
Conn Iggulden
Lords of the Bow
Read by Stephen Thorne

His warriors only have the bow, the horse and an iron discipline born from a land of ice, hunger and death. Genghis Khan must unite the most warlike tribes on earth in order to forge a new nation from the wilds of Mongolia. To achieve this, he must break the ancient enemy who has kept his people divided, while at the same time coping with his restless generals, ambitious brothers and growing sons.... More >

Conqueror
Conn Iggulden
Conqueror
Read by Richard E Grant

Kublai Khan – an extraordinary man who should be remembered alongside Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte – dreams of an empire stretching from sea to sea. But to see it built, this scholar must first learn the art of war. He must take his nation’s warriors to the ends of the known world. And when he is weary, when he is wounded, he must face his own brothers in bloody civil ... More >

Empire of Silver
Conn Iggulden
Empire of Silver
Read by Stephen Thorne

Genghis Khan is dead, but his legend and his legacy live on. His son Ogedai has built a white city on a great plain and made a capital for the new nation. Now the armies have gathered to see which of Genghis’ sons has the strength to be khan. The Mongol empire has been at peace for two years, but whoever survives will face the formidable might of their great enemy, China’s Song dynasty ...... More >

Wolf of the Plains
Conn Iggulden
Wolf of the Plains
Read by Stephen Thorne

A man without a tribe was at great risk, so the young boy abandoned with his siblings on the harsh Mongolian plains had to struggle to avoid death. He survived both starvation and hostile attacks by learning remarkable leadership skills and gathering a group of outsiders like himself. Hunted and alone, he dreamed of uniting the tribes into one house, one nation. He became a great warrior. He would... More >

The Madonnas of Leningrad
Debra Dean
The Madonnas of Leningrad
Read by Liza Ross

The ravages of age are eroding Marina's grip on everyday life. And while this elderly Russian woman cannot hold on to fresh memories, her distant past is preserved in vivid snapshots of her youth in war-torn Leningrad. A guide at the Hermitage in 1941, Marina helped take down the museum's masterpieces for safekeeping, and to keep her sanity, committed each one to memory, brush stroke by brush stro... More >

Daughters of the Doge
Edward Charles
Daughters of the Doge
Read by Gareth Armstrong

Venice, 1556. Into this thriving but divided city comes young English protestant Richard Stocker, escaping the persecutions of his homeland and reeling from the execution of his friend Lady Jane Grey. Soon Richard finds himself caught up in Venice’s complex political life, and involved with three of the city’s most remarkable women: Faustina Contarini, a nun imprisoned in a convent by her noble fa... More >


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