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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: October 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/15/2014

    " This book was fun to clear up some events in English History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/14/2014

    " Quick and colorful accounts of British history. Very entertaining, and well told. The books in this series are worth reading especially if you are traveling to England. Knowing a little bit of the history makes a lot of the sights more enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/23/2013

    " A bit drier than I was expecting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Domin | 11/5/2013

    " Didn't react to this as strongly as the first volume (had a few quibbles with the Tudor section), but still a really fun book and a great intro for history noobs. 4 1/2 stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 9/12/2013

    " Excellent book. It read more like fiction than non-fiction. Well written & informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 9/3/2013

    " Good overview of English history. Interesting stories and not dry like so many history books can be. Well written and researched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Kukwa | 8/20/2013

    " Another all around excellent research tool that works equally well as history-for-personal-enjoyment. However, the one caveat I have is that a few of the entries fall on the state-the-obvious end of the scale, spoiling runs of some more interesting write-up's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 7/3/2013

    " A pretty good walk through of the major events in middle English history. A little disjointed but nevertheless an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Delaplane | 6/8/2013

    " I was prompted to read this after reading Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle series. I wanted more background on 17th century England. This book presents the significant historical events in easy to read and understand short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 5/31/2013

    " Easy to read history with fun commentary by Lacey. I really enjoyed it and want to read Vols. 1 and 3 now. It was good enough that I would like to own the books. Short chapters with enough info to give you the general idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brook Gotberg | 11/22/2012

    " More a series of short stories than an actual history of the country - my favorite part was the simplified geneological tree in front. It made me want to learn more about the history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 11/12/2012

    " Always that quirky take on famous tales! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 11/5/2012

    " In depth history its not, but I thought it was very entertaining. I listened to it as an audio book, and it was great for that. Short stories and easy to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fashiondiva | 9/27/2011

    " still reading wil tel u l8r "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 7/7/2011

    " I liked this book. It was interesting and informative. I would call it an easy to read history book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sitt | 6/27/2011

    " Long has it been since I enjoyed reading some English History of the 16th and 17th century. It was entertaining as well as informative and a splendid way to enhance knowledge in a tell tale way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/8/2011

    " I'd read this before, fascinating stories from history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/12/2011

    " The chapters were short, compressing England's history into short concise chapters. Lacey made the chapters entertaining and relatable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/11/2011

    " Really easy to read, picking out important episodes in British history - a great introduction to the topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 2/2/2011

    " Good overview of English history. Interesting stories and not dry like so many history books can be. Well written and researched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 1/27/2011

    " Another all around excellent research tool that works equally well as history-for-personal-enjoyment. However, the one caveat I have is that a few of the entries fall on the state-the-obvious end of the scale, spoiling runs of some more interesting write-up's.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brook | 11/19/2010

    " More a series of short stories than an actual history of the country - my favorite part was the simplified geneological tree in front. It made me want to learn more about the history! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 10/2/2010

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 7/13/2010

    " I liked this book. It was interesting and informative. I would call it an easy to read history book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 6/8/2010

    " In depth history its not, but I thought it was very entertaining. I listened to it as an audio book, and it was great for that. Short stories and easy to follow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 10/23/2009

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 11/26/2008

    " This book was fun to clear up some events in English History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 11/14/2008

    " Excellent book. It read more like fiction than non-fiction. Well written & informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 10/10/2008

    " Quick and colorful accounts of British history. Very entertaining, and well told. The books in this series are worth reading especially if you are traveling to England. Knowing a little bit of the history makes a lot of the sights more enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/9/2008

    " Always that quirky take on famous tales! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/18/2008

    " I'd read this before, fascinating stories from history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie | 4/30/2007

    " A bit drier than I was expecting... "

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About the Author
Author Robert Lacey

Robert Lacey is the coauthor of The Year 1000 and the author of such bestselling books as Majesty, The Kingdom, and The Queen Mother’s Century. He lives in London.