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Divorced, Beheaded, Died... Audiobook

Divorced, Beheaded, Died...: The History of Britain's Kings and Queens in Bite-Sized Chunks

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Publisher's Summary

From Henry VIII dispatching his numerous wives to Edward VIII's unprecedented abdication, Britain's monarchs have personally been responsible for shaping some of the most dramatic events in the nation's history.

Encompassing murder, civil war, adultery, usurpation, and madness, Divorced, Beheaded, Died... relates the extraordinary stories of all of England's kings and queens, plus some of the less well-known Scots and Welsh rulers.

©2009 Michael O'Mara Books Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    LRC Manhattan 07/12/2010
    LRC Manhattan 07/12/2010 Member Since 2013
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    "fun to listen to, bite size pieces"

    This was a very enjoyable run through the kings and queens of England and Scotland. As a non-English, it gives me some insights into why certain less popularly known kings are just that - less popular. I liked that it highlights the famous details of each's reigns and that it summarizes the families and eras for easier understanding. I enjoyed the run through and have listened to this twice already - once for the entertainment, and another time for a quick social reference.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew J Nolan 21/09/2016
    Andrew J Nolan 21/09/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good"

    This book is a whistle stop tour through the kings and queens of Britain. It is an informative and entertaining book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Cooper 01/02/2016
    Teresa Cooper 01/02/2016
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    "A bite of kings and queens."

    An enjoyable bite of the rulers of England, Scotland and Wales. This book was a pleasant surprise to me as it included some rulers I didn't know. Written and read in a way that engages the listener. A book I'll listen to gain.

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    Roberta Chelmsford, United Kingdom 12/04/2013
    Roberta Chelmsford, United Kingdom 12/04/2013 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting nuggets of information"

    I found this a really interesting book full of nuggets of useful information. Ideal for people who cant remember what order the kings and queens of England came (and would like to) and just want to know the relevant few facts. I found it really entertaining though as yet I havent listened to the section on Scottish kings ... really must do that sometime lol

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  • Clare
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    02/07/12
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    "Royal Tidbits of Fact & Salacious Scandal"

    One of the few times I think this would be better as a printed book, but still interesting for all that.

    And oh my goodness, some of the early history was definitely racy. Lots of Kingly murders, adultery, intrigue and some bizarre facts (like the king who had been a leper but cured by the restorative mud at what is now the City of Bath, or the King that was gruesomely murdered by poker).

    Early Royals (Roman, Viking, Saxon) get a short, succinct sections, the more recent monarchs are more detailed out.

    Whilst it does have it amusing moments this is mostly an interest factual book, that flows along fairly well, (thankfully in chronological order). I knew a bit of the English history, but it was interesting to get the Welsh and Scottish information (major monarchs only, last two chapters).

    Recommended to listeners who are interested in the British Monarchy, but like their history “light”. I don’t think I would re-read but will definitely keep an eye out for the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy
    Bala, Ontario, Canada
    23/07/12
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    "History in Sound Bites"

    Entertaining look at history, not dry, dull or boring. Capsule comments that give an interesting perspective on the British monarchy. Ric Jerrom has a great voice. Enjoyed every moment of it. Wish there were more books of this nature to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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