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Figures in Silk

Written by: Vanora Bennett
Narrated by: Lucy Scott
Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins

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As the Wars of the Roses draw slowly to a close, England is a place of turmoil. Edward IV is on the throne but his position is unstable and he finds himself challenged by a man who could become Henry VII. But Isabel, a silk weaver to the court and mistress to Richard III, can cut through the turmoil with her clever ways and her pretty smile. Her sister Jane is mistress to Edward IV. Could they hold the power?

Vanora Bennett brings to life a time of passions and politics, a time of turmoil and tension. A world in flux and a country up fro grabs.

©2009 Vanora Bennett (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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  • Karen
  • 02-05-09

Bringing History to Life!

After reading Portrait of an Unknown Woman I couldn't wait to read Figures in Silk, and I wasn't disappointed. Vanora Bennett's masterful weaving of fact and fiction brought the era and historical characters to life, leaving the reader desperate for more. I was torn between sympathy and loathing for Richard III as his character unfolded in an attempt to unveil the man behind the traditionally assumed atrocities he committed to gain the throne but mostly I was fascinated by the lives of the silk women and the merchants in London, which showed a hive of industry and trade that I'd never thought of as an interesting part of fifteenth century England before now! Captivating - can't wait for Blood Royal!

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  • Joseph Michael Roy
  • 14-08-09


Loved this audiobook, had already read Portrait of an Unknown Woman and was not disappointed by this offering, evokes the necessary atmosphere required for a historical novel without losing any of the story.

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  • Elizabeth Davies
  • 15-06-09


It's hard to contain my enthusiasm about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment's listening. Totally recommended.

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  • Mr David Cartwright
  • 13-04-13

An Unexpected Treasure

After a difficult beginning this expertly read story ( talented reader ) unfolds into a mesmerising lyrical few hours of absolute listening bliss. The story unfolds of a relationship between a woman (the chief protagonist) and the future King Richard the Third, about whom I knew little apart from his existence and all the information acquired from Shakespeare's play which is a wonderful piece of propoganda and set towards the latter stage of the King's life. The relationship between the entire royal family, spouses and relatives was all put into context for me and I ended up despising some parts of the character of Richard and overwhelmingly sympathetic at the same time in this unusual novel which fills gaps with possible and plausible situations whilst concentrating on the chief character's life. A truly well constructed and expertly read story from an author I had not prevously heard of and upon whom I took a risk that turned out to be well worth it

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  • K. Hutchings
  • 17-05-15

Good story but historical timeline out of whack

Good story but not completely historically accurate. However it was well read so would recommend this narrator for other books