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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: November 2000 ISBN:
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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.

This is Volume 1 of A History of Britain. Don't miss Volume 2. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Graham | 12/31/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Léonie Watson | 12/23/2013

    " This book is the first in a trilogy that obliterates the notion that history's place is in the dusty classrooms of childhood. It tells the story of early Great Britain with such verve and style, that history isn't just brought back to life, its thrust kicking and screaming back into reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Everton Patterson | 12/22/2013

    " A history of Britain that starts out in prehistoric times, continues through the Roman era, and from the 9th century on, really becomes a chronology of the British kings and queens, since from this point there is nothing recounted that does not have to do with the royals. To this extent, as with many British histories that I have read, this audiobook is not aptly named. (Perhaps the actual book it is an abridgement of covers other, non-royal material.) That being said, it is still a very informative history. I liked the coverage around the year 1066, how Richard II's story was dealt with, and the soap opera that was the Tudor dynasty. Though I have read much British history before, I was still able to learn quite a bit that I didn't know (or maybe that I forgot) from this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon Mendoza | 12/22/2013

    " Wonderfully accessible book. Does take some time to get through but well worth it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 12/21/2013

    " Alas, gone is the wonderful analysis and mining of detail that was so prevalent in 'Citizens.' Of course he has to cover a huge chunk of time, so it is in part understandable. Still, I wonder if Schama was not really meant for the long view. He seems at his best when his focus is more narrow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 12/10/2013

    " Short narrative of history of British Monarchy up to Queen Elizabeth I. Discussed key events during monarch's reign balancing struggles with triumphs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 12/8/2013

    " excellent piece of work. maybe not as well written as Churchill but does not suffer the fault of monarch fawning. at times the collapse of scope is a bit frustrating as obvious things that need to be considered get lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ultra Violet | 11/28/2013

    " i learnt all about how our monarchy came into being in a clear well informed way. simon schama writes his book as though he is having a converstaion with you and his passion for his subject clearly shines through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bettie | 11/19/2013

    " I like my history served up Schama style "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 3/7/2013

    " 'Tis true that I am a nerd! I love Simon Schama!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liisa | 6/22/2012

    " I loved the BBC miniseries, but the book is even better. This is the first of two giant tomes, and it covers prehistoric Britain up to the death of Queen Elizabeth I. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/6/2012

    " I can't really remember what I thought of this. The review is partly because it's ancient history and I used to like more recent history. Must re-read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 12/17/2011

    " It's a Simon Shama book - well written, a touch conservative, a touch nationalistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 umberto | 7/18/2011

    " I love this BBC book, it is readable with some colour photos. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 5/29/2011

    " excellent piece of work. maybe not as well written as Churchill but does not suffer the fault of monarch fawning. at times the collapse of scope is a bit frustrating as obvious things that need to be considered get lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 3/25/2011

    " Not a typical history book...
    Personalised on some of the movers & shakers of British history.
    Completely absorbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cybergit | 5/26/2010

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manda | 11/30/2009

    " Slightly confusing with all the Queens named Mary! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 10/7/2009

    " I'm still not ever going to be able to keep all of the names and dates straight, but the writing was eloquent and the stories were compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grant | 10/5/2009

    " Well researched and put together.
    Brilliant.
    "

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About the Author
Author Simon Schama

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His award-winning books include Scribble, Scribble, Scribble; The American Future: A History; National Book Critics Circle Award winner Rough Crossings; The Power of Art; The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations); Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; and the History of Britain trilogy. He has written and presented forty television documentary films for the BBC, PBS, and The History Channel, including the Emmy-winning Power of Art, on subjects that range from John Donne to Tolstoy.