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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (247 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Lacey Narrator: Robert Lacey Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this second volume of short essays, renowned historian Robert Lacey opens with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the flowering of the modern English language in the final years of the 14th century and ends with the Glorious Revolution of 1688-9, when Parliament secured control over the Crown. Along the way we hear about Dick Whittington and his cat, the origin of the V sign at Agincourt, The Wars of the Roses and all the pivotal events which have fashioned a nation.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sharon | 2/15/2014

    " I gave this three stars because I would not suggest that anyone pick it up for casual fun. For what it is, though, it's excellent. Extremely readable, and if you're curious about the subject, it's a wonderful way to get some information. I checked it out because I wanted to know the story of Oliver Cromwell, how he came to lead England, how he was associated with the army, what he believed. And this book summed up what I need to know to be culturally literate on the subject, in about three four-page essays. It covered a lot of ground, some of which I knew a decent amount about (I've read whole books about Joan of Arc and Mary Tudor), some of which I had heard of but knew only passing details (the princes in the tower, the true (non-Shakespearean) story of Richard III), and some of which I was barely aware of (the great fire of London, any Henry before VIII). I'm very glad I read it, and it was accessible, well-written and SO informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenalyn C | 2/8/2014

    " Not as good as volume 1, which I couldn't put down, but I am fascinated by English history and Lacey's condensed version is a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tara | 1/20/2014

    " It wasn't all that great, but if you are interested in English history, you may like it. It gives a VERY short descriptionof popular English tales, but not much actual historical background. Just tells the tales as they were told years ago. Not bad, but not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sue | 1/16/2014

    " Another enjoyable glimpse at English history. I love how he gives examples of how these events still affect us today, be it in government or phrases or science. Check the series out. "

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