The Lady Queen

The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily

By Nancy Goldstone; Josephine Bailey (Narrator)
(Tantor Media, Compact Disc, 9781400114122)

Publication Date: November 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the November 2009 Indie Notables
“Joanna, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem and Sicily was one of the first women to rule in her own right and she fought relatives, husbands and, popes to retain that right. The Lady Queen is history writing at its best. Fans of historical fiction will be riveted and history buffs will be amazed at the story of this largely forgotten queen.”
-- Ann Carlson, Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, SC


Nancy Goldstone portrays the riveting history of a beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial, and a reign as triumphant as any in the Middle Ages.

About the Author

Nancy Goldstone is coauthor, with her husband, Lawrence, of five books, including Out of the Flames, The Friar and the Cipher, and Warmly Inscribed. She lives in Westport, Connecticut. Josephine Bailey has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and a prestigious Audie Award, and Publishers Weekly named her Best Female Narrator in 2002. Her native British accent has been used in many audiobooks and voice-overs, including The Wild Thornberries, Uncle Gus, and Disney-Dreamworks projects. In addition to her award-winning voice work, Josephine is involved in television, film, and theater. On television she has played parts in Robin Hood, A Tale of Two Cities, and Sword of Freedom. In film she was featured in Shadow Hours, Life's a Circus, and Corridors of Blood. Her theater experience includes lead roles in Betrayal, Otherwise Engaged, and Blithe Spirit. Josephine received her training from the Corona Stage School in London and the Tracy Roberts Actors Studio in Los Angeles. Josephine currently resides in South Carolina.

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  1. Do you think Joanna conspired to kill her husband Andrew?  If not, who do you think masterminded the crime?   How much do you think Elizabeth of Hungary’s refusal to accept the terms of the original agreement between Robert the Wise and Carobert contributed to her son’s death?  Why do you think she persisted in pursuing policies which she knew increased the danger around him?

Praise For The Lady Queen

"[Bailey] nimbly handles the pronunciation of foreign names, and her range of expression is admirably suited to portraying various characters as she reads excerpts from their writings." ---AudioFile

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