From the death of Richard III on Bosworth Field in 1485 to the execution of Charles I, after the Civil Wars of 1642-48, England was transformed by two Dynasties. Firstly the Tudors, who won the crown on the battlefield and changed both the nature of kingship but also the nation itself. England became a Protestant nation and began to establishment itself as a trading power; facing down impossible odds it defeated its enemies on land and sea. Yet after a century Elizabeth I died with no heir and the crown was passed to the Stuarts, who were keen to remould the kingdom in their own image.
Leading Historian, Ronald Hutton brilliantly recreates the political landscape over this early modern period and shows how the modern nation was forged in these anxious, transformative years. Combining skilful pen portraits of the leading figures, culture, economics and accounts of everyday life, he reveals insights in this key era in our nation's story.
This the second book in the four volume Brief History of Britain which brings together some of the leading historians to tell our nation's story from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present-day. Combining the latest research with accessible and entertaining story telling, it is the ideal introduction for students and general readers.
©2012 Ronald Hutton (P)2012 Audible Ltd
I know, brief is right there in the title. However, there's a lot of History of Britain between 1485 and 1660, and this isn't a long book. If you are already familiar with the period this might make a good refresher, but to me it was so fast and dense at times that it felt like a list of names and dates. I don't think much of it will stick.
I should have probably have picked several longer titles covering aspects of the period.
Moves at quite a pace, so you have to be alert to take in the details. brilliant way to absorb the heritage and fantastic happenings of the UK's history. I have scored far better in history quizzes since listening to this book and the others in the series. An essential for anyone who missed out on History at school.
Oh...too many to say, the narration was good though...so he was a good character...does that count!
Unmissable....how we have got to where we are today
Should be part of the school curriculum.
This book is well and entertainingly written. However the reader may well feel that the title of the book is a mis-description. The author concentrates totally upon England with Scotland and Wales only referred to insofar as they impinge upon English history. Bannockburn and Sterling Bridge are only passingly mentioned, Wallace is a "terrorist" - Wales is interesting only as a military problem for English kings. Little or nothing about Welsh or Scots society. Ireland, albeit not Britain, although subsequently important for the history of these islands, gets a rare mention to tell us that the Irish were burning witches before it became popular in England. If, however, you forgive the author for his narrow interpretation of the brief the history of the era comes to life and well worth listening to.
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"excellent history, balanced perspective"
This is a superb history of the momentous era from before Henry VIII to after Elizabeth. The author also presents other historians' views, which changed sometimes dramatically over time based on the latest scholarship and trends. Religion and finance (economy) are two important areas that benefit greatly from balanced perspectives. This clear combination of current and historical scholarship is very interesting and helps the reader understand also how history is analyzed.
"Interesting and engaging"
There's not much about on the Tudors and English Civil War - this covers both: Brings us up to date with historical thinking; tells the story of each monarch, and I was left feeling invigorated, engaged, and edified!
"Useful though not exciting"
Yes, but only if the friend already has a real interest in history
The reading was a bit dull; the voice is too deep for my taste, but that is of course personal.
To me, the best thing about this book are the references to recent scholarship and research. It is extremely interesting and important to have an idea of how views of particular subjects and periods have evolved.
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