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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (55 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Nicolson Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781400178766
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Spanning England's most turbulent and dramatic decades-from the 1520s to the 1640s-Quarrel with the King tells the story of four generations of one of the greatest families in English history, the Pembrokes, and follows their glamorous trajectory across 130 years of change, ambition, resistance, and war. As he tells their story, Adam Nicolson reveals how a struggle for dominance began as the English crown slowly grew in strength and power, which evoked questions of loyalty that would simmer for decades. Was government about agreement and respect or authority and compulsion? What status did traditional rights have in a changing world? Did a national emergency mean those rights could be ignored or overturned? These were the questions that, in 1642, would lead to a brutal civil war, the bloodiest conflict England has ever suffered, in which the Earl of Pembroke-a devout subject-had no choice but to rebel against a king he believed had betrayed him and his country. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Supple and elegant.... A welcome treat. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “Absorbing…Wonderful, lyrical and contemplative.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “This is a rich, informative and original book.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “A superb book, beautifully written, subtle, passionate, questioning, mind-altering and wise.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “A moving account of the Elizabethan golden age, retold through the varying fortunes of the Pembroke family, and a tour de force…A brilliantly imaginative and beautifully written coup of scholarship.”

    Observer (London)

  • “In his typically supple and elegant prose, Nicolson…traces the Pembroke family’s “arc of ambition, success, failure, and collapse” between the 1520s and the 1640s, when the fourth earl of Pembroke joined the Puritan rebellion…For fans of the Tudor and Stuart era, this will be a welcome treat.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Jo Atwood | 6/19/2013

    " For over one hundred years the Earls of Pembrooke served their country and feathered their nest--and a beautiful nest it became. But the time came when a choice had to be made between Charles I and the Commonwealth. And it all came tumbling down. One hundred years of an English family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 6/7/2011

    " This one was different. This book explored the literature aspect as well as the history of the era. Went very in depth on local customs of the manoral society. Light on the history which was disappointing, but very in-depth on the previously mentioned subjects. Overall, not bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/26/2010

    " Unfortunately this one did not live up to expectations. The book comes alive when narrating the fortunes of the Herberts, but gets bogged down with its discussion of the copyholders on the Pembroke estates. Possibly I'm just not that interested in the 'ordinary people'! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/28/2009

    " Unfortunately this one did not live up to expectations. The book comes alive when narrating the fortunes of the Herberts, but gets bogged down with its discussion of the copyholders on the Pembroke estates. Possibly I'm just not that interested in the 'ordinary people'! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Jo | 2/20/2009

    " For over one hundred years the Earls of Pembrooke served their country and feathered their nest--and a beautiful nest it became. But the time came when a choice had to be made between Charles I and the Commonwealth. And it all came tumbling down. One hundred years of an English family. "

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About the Author

Adam Nicolson is a British author of nonfiction titles about history, landscape, literature, and the sea. Among his many awards and honors are the Somerset Maugham Award, the W. H. Heinemann Prize, the Scottish BAFTA, the Spears Book Award, the British Topography Prize, and others. He lives on a farm in Sussex with his wife and their five grown children.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.