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Queen Anne - The Politics of Passion

Anne Somerset

She ascended the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702, at age thirty-seven, Britain's last Stuart monarch, and five years later united two of her realms, England and Scotland, as a sovereign state, creating the Kingdom of Great Britain. She had a history of personal misfortune, overcoming ill health (she suffered from crippling arthritis; by the time she became Queen she was a virtual invalid) and living through seventeen miscarriages, stillbirths, and premature births in seventeen years. By the end of her comparatively short twelve-year reign, Britain had emerged as a great power; the succession of outstanding victories won by her general, John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, had humbled France and laid the foundations for Britain's future naval and colonial supremacy. While the Queen's military was performing dazzling exploits on the continent, her own attention-indeed her realm-rested on a more intimate conflict: the female friendship on which her happiness had for decades depended and which became for her a source of utter torment. At the core of Anne Somerset's riveting new biography, published to great acclaim in England ("Definitive"-London Evening Standard; "Wonderfully pacy and absorbing"-Daily Mail), is a portrait of this deeply emotional, complex bond between two very different women: Queen Anne-reserved, stolid, shrewd; and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the Queen's great general-beautiful, willful, outspoken, whose acerbic wit was equally matched by her fearsome temper. Against a fraught background-the revolution that deposed Anne's father, James II, and brought her to power . . . religious differences (she was born Protestant-her parents' conversion to Catholicism had grave implications-and she grew up so suspicious of the Roman church that she considered its doctrines "wicked and dangerous") . . . violently partisan politics (Whigs versus Tories) . . . a war with France that lasted for almost her entire reign . . . the constant threat of foreign invasion and c

She ascended the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702, at age thirty-seven, Britain's last Stuart monarch, and five years later united two of her realms, England and Scotland, as a sovereign state, creating the Kingdom of Great Britain. She had a history of personal misfortune, overcoming ill health (she suffered from crippling arthritis; by the time she became Queen she was a virtual invalid) and living through seventeen miscarriages, stillbirths, and premature births in seventeen years. By the end of her comparatively short twelve-year reign, Britain had emerged as a great power; the succession of outstanding victories won by her general, John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, had humbled France and laid the foundations for Britain's future naval and colonial supremacy. While the Queen's military was performing dazzling exploits on the continent, her own attention-indeed her realm-rested on a more intimate conflict: the female friendship on which her happiness had for decades depended and which became for her a source of utter torment. At the core of Anne Somerset's riveting new biography, published to great acclaim in England ("Definitive"-London Evening Standard; "Wonderfully pacy and absorbing"-Daily Mail), is a portrait of this deeply emotional, complex bond between two very different women: Queen Anne-reserved, stolid, shrewd; and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the Queen's great general-beautiful, willful, outspoken, whose acerbic wit was equally matched by her fearsome temper. Against a fraught background-the revolution that deposed Anne's father, James II, and brought her to power . . . religious differences (she was born Protestant-her parents' conversion to Catholicism had grave implications-and she grew up so suspicious of the Roman church that she considered its doctrines "wicked and dangerous") . . . violently partisan politics (Whigs versus Tories) . . . a war with France that lasted for almost her entire reign . . . the constant threat of foreign invasion and c
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She ascended the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702, at age thirty-seven, Britain's last Stuart monarch, and five years later united two of her realms, England and Scotland, as a sovereign state, creating the Kingdom of Great Britain. She had a history of personal misfortune, overcoming ill health (she suffered from crippling arthritis; by the time she became Queen she was a virtual invalid) and living through seventeen miscarriages, stillbirths, and premature births in seventeen years. By the end of her comparatively short twelve-year reign, Britain had emerged as a great power; the succession of outstanding victories won by her general, John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, had humbled France and laid the foundations for Britain's future naval and colonial supremacy. While the Queen's military was performing dazzling exploits on the continent, her own attention-indeed her realm-rested on a more intimate conflict: the female friendship on which her happiness had for decades depended and which became for her a source of utter torment. At the core of Anne Somerset's riveting new biography, published to great acclaim in England ("Definitive"-London Evening Standard; "Wonderfully pacy and absorbing"-Daily Mail), is a portrait of this deeply emotional, complex bond between two very different women: Queen Anne-reserved, stolid, shrewd; and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the Queen's great general-beautiful, willful, outspoken, whose acerbic wit was equally matched by her fearsome temper. Against a fraught background-the revolution that deposed Anne's father, James II, and brought her to power . . . religious differences (she was born Protestant-her parents' conversion to Catholicism had grave implications-and she grew up so suspicious of the Roman church that she considered its doctrines "wicked and dangerous") . . . violently partisan politics (Whigs versus Tories) . . . a war with France that lasted for almost her entire reign . . . the constant threat of foreign invasion and c

Language:

English

Narrators:

Hannah Curtis

Length:

28h 28m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:16


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:15


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:31


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:03


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:39


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:34


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:07


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:24


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:09


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:00


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:20


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:10


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:28


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:10


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:33


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:41


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:25


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

02:58


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:19


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:42


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

09:20


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:08


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:24


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:36


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:09


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:42


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:38


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:10


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:46


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:48


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:46


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:32


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

09:44


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:49


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

09:39


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:23


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:05


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:45


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

09:50


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:06


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:47


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

09:09


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:57


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:07


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:06


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:44


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:06


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:48


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:51


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:29


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:07


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:15


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

09:38


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:56


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:55


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

09:30


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

09:03


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:20


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

09:54


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

09:00


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:48


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:35


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:37


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

09:14


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:38


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

09:57


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:52


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:29


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:16


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:31


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:10


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:12


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

09:13


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:54


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

09:32


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:22


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

08:30


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:23


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

09:45


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

09:17


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

09:33


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

08:31


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

09:51


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

09:05


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

08:47


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:31


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:57


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:54


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

07:36


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:19


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:27


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:53


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:56


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:07


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:58


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

09:18


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

08:00


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

07:24


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:21


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:06


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

08:24


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:44


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:32


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

08:57


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

09:28


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:05


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

09:56


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

07:47


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

08:07


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:00


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

09:09


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

08:36


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:53


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

07:33


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

07:27


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

09:27


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

09:01


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:24


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

06:19


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

06:54


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

08:09


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

08:04


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

08:32


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

07:29


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

09:25


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

08:25


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

05:14


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

05:49


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

04:23


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

06:34


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

05:25


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

07:46


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

09:41


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

08:12


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

04:48


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

05:27


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

08:21


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

08:35


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

05:11


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

08:03


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

08:33

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