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    • France

    • A Short History: From Gaul to de Gaulle
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
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    John Julius Norwich (at 88) has finally written the book he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains to Charlemagne through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, France is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat - and love better.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Love letter to France

    • By Daniel Johnstone on 09-04-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • The Popes

    • A History
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 21 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 262
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    Well known for his histories of Norman Sicily, Venice, the Byzantine Empire and the Mediterranean, John Julius Norwich has now turned his attention to the oldest continuing institution in the world, tracing the papal line down the centuries from St Peter himself – traditionally (though by no means historically) the first pope – to the present Benedict XVI.Of the 280-odd holders of the supreme office, some have unques­tionably been saints; others have wallowed in unspeakable iniquity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Stroll through 2,000 Years of European History

    • By R on 15-09-11

    Regular price: £26.09

    • Sicily

    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearinghouse and observation post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years. It has belonged to them all - and yet has properly been part of none. 

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very Disappointed

    • By Kindle Customer on 25-08-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • An English Christmas

    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich, Luke Thompson, Nicky Diss, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 18
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      5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    A Christmas anthology from legendary historian and Christmas Cracker compiler John Julius Norwich. This year go carol singing in the Cotswolds with Laurie Lee or attend church with a grumpy Samuel Pepys. Make plum puddings for bemused French villagers with Elizabeth David; go present shopping with Virginia Woolf, or eat far too much with Agatha Christie. Celebrate Christmas at Chatsworth, in the workhouse or marooned in the ice with Shackleton....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • All you ever remembered or dreamed about Christmas

    • By Lorna Payne on 26-11-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Four Princes

    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 12

    'Never before had the world seen four such giants coexisting. Sometimes friends, more often enemies, always rivals, these four men together held Europe in the hollow of their hands.' The colourful story of the four very different men who created our modern world: Henry VIII, Francis I of France, Charles V of Spain and Suleiman the Magnificent: popular history at its best from John Julius Norwich.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Shakespeare's Kings

    • The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: John Curran
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      3 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    William Shakespeare may have been the greatest playwright in the English language, but how does he measure up as a historian? In this brilliant comparison between the events and characters in Shakespeare's history plays and the actual events that inspired them, acclaimed historian John Julius Norwich examines the nine works that together amount to an epic masterpiece on England's most fascinating period.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Easy Listening

    • By Jim on 26-04-14

    Regular price: £27.49

    • A Christmas Cracker

    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In September 2007 an invited audience enjoyed a special performance by John Julius Norwich of a selection from his Christmas Crackers at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London to benefit the Venice in Peril Fund. Listeners to this audiobook can share the delight of the live audience as John Julius entertains us with a compilation of anecdote, prose, poetry and even song that is as charmingly conceived as it is delightfully performed.

    Regular price: £14.99