The Mistresses of Cliveden - Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home-logo

The Mistresses of Cliveden - Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home

Natalie Livingstone

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For fans of Downton Abbey comes an immersive historical epic about a lavish English manor and a dynasty of rich and powerful women who ruled the estate over three centuries of misbehavior, scandal, intrigue, and passion. Five miles from Windsor Castle, home of the royal family, sits the Cliveden estate. Overlooking the Thames, the mansion is flanked by two wings and surrounded by lavish gardens. Throughout its storied history, Cliveden has been a setting for misbehavior, intrigue, and passion-from its salacious, deadly beginnings in the seventeenth century to the 1960s Profumo Affair, the sex scandal that toppled the British government. Now, in this immersive chronicle, the manor's current mistress, Natalie Livingstone, opens the doors to this prominent house and lets the walls do the talking. Built during the reign of Charles II by the Duke of Buckingham, Cliveden attracted notoriety as a luxurious retreat in which the duke could conduct his scandalous affair with the ambitious courtesan Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury. In 1668, Anna Maria's cuckolded husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury, challenged Buckingham to a duel. Buckingham killed Shrewsbury and claimed Anna Maria as his prize, making her the first mistress of Cliveden. Through the centuries, other enigmatic and indomitable women would assume stewardship over the estate, including Elizabeth, Countess of Orkney and illicit lover of William III, who became one of England's wealthiest women; Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the queen that Britain was promised and then denied; Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, confidante of Queen Victoria and a glittering society hostess turned political activist; and the American-born Nancy Astor, the first female member of Parliament, who described herself as an "ardent feminist" and welcomed controversy. Though their privileges were extraordinary, in Livingstone's hands, their struggles and sacrifices are universal. Cliveden weathered renovation and restoration, world conflicts and cold wars, societal shifts and technological advan

Language:

English

Narrators:

Elizabeth Knowelden

Length:

17h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:02


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:23


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:41


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:08


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:38


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:43


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:45


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:34


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:41


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:29


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:45


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:23


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:48


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:21


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:51


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:53


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:55


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:52


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:18


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:01


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:32


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:58


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:01


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:22


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:55


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:06


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:00


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:25


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:10


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:07


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:16


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:23


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:15


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:27


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:50


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:11


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:29


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:57


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:10


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:03


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:41


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:32


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:21


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:51


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

01:30


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:47


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:58


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:17


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:16


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:47


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:42


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:05


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:36


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:39


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:38


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:53


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:49


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:26


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:07


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:52


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:31


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:10


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:44


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:25


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:09


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:29


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:06


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:34


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

02:56


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:39


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:21


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

08:40


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

08:53


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

08:27


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:52


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

08:25


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:27


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:07


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

07:45


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

08:36


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

08:34


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

08:15


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:32


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:08


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

08:32


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:46


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

08:33


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:23


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

00:34