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Marcus

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  • "Classy reconstruction of the period"

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    Fascinating but selective. A  very enjoyable history of Henry VII and how he managed to size the English throne, and keep it,  in very unsure times.  The Battle of Bosworth is skated over very quickly, as is how Henry secured the throne.  But longer passages are devoted to more  obscure persons such as the  poet Skelton who became Henry VIII tutor.  It gives a good back ground to the early lives of Henry VIII and Catherine, and all the machinations around their eventually marriage. The final passages on the the death of Henry VII are some of the best, in showing what it was like to be around a dying king.   In the  end Henry VII still remains an  elusive character. A knowledge of the ins and outs of the period is useful, Wikipedia was very helpful.

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    Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England

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    • By Thomas Penn
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    A fresh look at the endlessly fascinating Tudors - the dramatic and overlooked story of Henry VII and his founding of the Tudor Dynasty - filled with spies, plots, counter-plots, and an uneasy royal succession to Henry VIII. Near the turn of the sixteenth century, England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy and civil war. Henry Tudor clambered to the top of the heap, a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who managed to win the throne and stay on it for 24 years.

    Marcus says: "Classy reconstruction of the period"
  • "Best introduction to medieval history"

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    I read  this book a year ago, yes audible I still read.  I thought it was great so I decided to also get the audiobook. It gives an excellent survey of the period.  The author is clearly an expert in the period.  He is particularly good on the the problem of sources for the period, and that we know far less than we think about the events.  He starts the book by saying the reason medieval historians were so good at code breaking in WW2 was they were use to piecing together a story from fragmentary facts. Some of the coverage of different periods is uneven.  The Norman conquest and the run up to it is given extensive coverage, but some  other periods are skipped over quickly. Religious social and economics factors are also covered, which means the book is covering a lot.

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    A Brief History of Britain 1066-1485: Brief Histories

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    • By Nicholas Vincent
    • Narrated By Roger Davis
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    From the Norman Conquest to the Battle of Bosworth Field - how Britain was invaded and became a nation. The first volume in the stunning four-volume Brief History of Britain series. From the Battle of Hastings to the Battle of Bosworth Field, Nicholas Vincent tells the story of how Britain was born. When William, Duke of Normandy, killed King Harold and seized the throne of England, England's language, culture, politics, and law were transformed.

    Marcus says: "Best introduction to medieval history"
  • "Masterful"

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     Over 40 hours but never a dull moment.  Judt skill is to give you an overview of the events, but he excels in his analysis. There are all sorts of revelations such as the  West didn't mind the Berlin Wall, or there was no chance of a nuclear war. He  gives time to all the countries, but also groups parts of the book by themes.  Very strong on the political and intellectual history, less so on the cultural, but alway enjoyable.  One of the best history books I have ever read.

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    Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

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    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world's most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change-all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

    Marcus says: "Masterful"
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