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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (958 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Schama Narrator: Timothy West Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this, the first volume of an epic history of Britain, one of the most popular and celebrated historians of our day brings the birth and growth of a nation to dramatic life with a wealth of compelling stories and vivid detail.

Simon Schama's narrative moves from the early tribes and invasions of the British isles to the Norman Conquest; through the religious wars and turbulence of the Middle Ages to the sovereignties of Henry II, Richard I, and King John; through the outbreak of the Black Death, which destroyed nearly half of Europe's population; through the reign of Edward I and the growth of national identity in Wales and Scotland; to the turbulent religious and dynastic conflicts of the Tudor age, culminating in the glorious reign of Elizabeth I. The theme of change - sometimes gentle and subtle, sometimes shocking and violent - emerges as the narrative's most powerful dynamic change that washes over custom and habit, transforming loyalties and boundaries.

A History of Britain also poses questions that have universal timeless resonance. What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do you give your allegiance and why? Where do the roots of your community lie - in your hearth and home, your village or city, your tribe, your faith? And, finally, what is Britain? One country or many, one culture or several? This is a touchstone for the present that reintroduces you to the past with stunning energy and clarity.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sue | 1/31/2014

    " Very easy to read. After wading through numerous academic tomes, this came as a breath of fresh air. Recommended for anyone who wants an introduction to British history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Newtqueen | 1/24/2014

    " I'm into pre-19th century UK history, and Schama is a scholarly but very witty interpreter. I have the DVD series he did in 2000, A History of Britain, but I wanted more detail so am reading the first two volumes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Richard Hardie | 1/15/2014

    " This is the second time I've read Simon Schama's trilogy of Britain's history. That in itself is testimony to the fact it's so readable as well as being incredibly informative. I'm now reading the second in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Graham | 12/31/2013

    " Wonderful clear history of the isles - wish history at school had been this interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Simon Schama

Simon Schama is a professor of art history and history at Columbia University and is the author of numerous award-winning books; his history Rough Crossings won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. He has been a cultural essayist for the New Yorker and has written and presented more than thirty documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel, including The Power of Art, which won the 2007 International Emmy for Best Arts Programming.