Listen up, folks, because we're delving into the scandalous world of Alice Perrers, the mistress who history has not treated kindly. Emma Campion takes us on a journey to uncover the truth about this notorious woman, challenging the assumptions made by scholars and contemporaries alike. Strap in for a 17-hour and 54-minute audiobook experience narrated by the talented Donada Peters. But be warned, this audiobook may only receive a rating of 2.5/5.
In a time when obedience is demanded of young girls, Alice Perrers is no exception. Married off at the tender age of fourteen to a man chosen by her father, Alice reluctantly leaves behind her beloved family and forever loses the love of her mother. However, despite these heartbreaks, Alice finds solace in her marriage to merchant Janyn Perrers, discovering love and happiness in their union. But their bliss is cut short when tragedy strikes and Janyn mysteriously disappears, leaving Alice to uncover dangerous secrets he had kept hidden.
Suddenly, Alice and her daughter are thrust into a world where their lives hang in the balance, and their only hope lies in seeking the protection of King Edward and Queen Philippa. However, their safety comes at a cost - Alice must become a prisoner within the confines of the court. As she navigates her precarious position, Alice soon becomes the target of the king's attention, and the stakes grow higher. With her family's future on the line, she cannot afford to disobey Edward, even in the face of ambitious courtiers who would stop at nothing to see her downfall. Surrounded by whispers and gossip, Alice finds an unexpected solace in her love for the king.
Emma Campion paints a vivid and thrilling picture of the extravagant court of Edward III, complete with scandalous love affairs, political maneuverings, and even murder. At the epicenter of it all is Alice, surviving in this treacherous world where her choices are limited. Campion's storytelling exposes the devastating consequences of being singled out by the royal family, reminding us that there is always more to a person's story than meets the eye.
So, dear listeners, get ready to immerse yourselves in the rich tapestry of Alice Perrers' life. This audiobook promises an enthralling exploration of power, love, and survival. Just be prepared for some drawbacks, as the rating suggests. Sit back, relax, and let Donada Peters guide you through this gripping tale.