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Summary

This is the award-winning story of Britain, from the arrival of Julius Caesar in 55 BC to the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.

Christopher Lee's history of Britain provides the definitive radio account of the events and personalities that have shaped the British nation. From foreign invasions and war to economic crises and social revolution, this is a compelling journey through centuries of dramatic change.

Volume 2 covers the years 1087 to 1327, a time of wars between the English and the Scots, of Crusades and of civil war. Yet in amongst the fighting lay the foundations of the modern state: the Magna Carta and the calling of the first parliament.

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The Sceptred Volume

Really interesting, short and sweet. Good narrative history about the Middle Ages. The dual narration helps maintain the attention of the listener and I found aided my ability to retain the information. A decent overview to an important period in British history that introduced much wider topics such as Magna Carta, The Constitutions of Clarendon and formations of governance and law elegantly.

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Very good

I really enjoyed! I do like also the voices very clear, easy to understand.
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A good listen

This BBC series is both entertaining and informative. The narrator Anna Massey really brings the story to life.

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  • Smask
  • Crewe, Cheshire United Kingdom
  • 22-05-14

excellent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, in fact I have done on numerous occasions. Its clear introduction to history and the authority of the narrators.

What was one of the most memorable moments of This Sceptred Isle, Volume 2?

How the change over amongst the Normans worked.

Which character – as performed by Anna Massey – was your favourite?

All of them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and it is possible because it is not overlong.