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Anne of Austria - Evelyn Anthony workday mp3 - this is a period romance, no historical detail as I know it just famous characters from the time bed-hopping and intriguing. Not my type of book at all. Read By: Sarah SherborneGenre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Abridged: Noblurb - Set against the background of seventeenth-century France, this is the story of the Hapsburg princess who became bride and Queen to Louis X111 of France. The eldest daughter of King Philip III of Spain and Margaret of Austria, Anne was married to the 14-year-old Louis XIII in November 1615. Throughout his life Louis treated her with a cool reserve. In 1625 the English George Villiers, 1st duke of Buckingham, created a scandal at the French court by revealing his passion for the Queen. Her plight worsened as the powerful Cardinal de Richelieu, Louis XIII’s chief minister from 1624 to 1642, sought to prevent her from exercising any influence over her husband. Anne took as her confidante the scheming Marie de Rohan-Montbazon, Duchess de Chevreuse. Anne and the queen mother, Marie de Médicis, failed in their attempt to persuade Louis to dismiss the Cardinal (the Day of Dupes, 1630).After Richelieu declared war on Anne’s brother, King Philip IV of Spain, in 1635, she remained sympathetic to the Spanish cause. Richelieu’s spies kept her under surveillance, and in 1637 the Cardinal humiliated her by proving that she had been visiting the nunnery of Val-de-Grâce in order to conduct treasonable correspondence with Phil