this book was well written and too often forgotten story that needs to be told. It may not be best for audio format as the names get very tiresome and a bit confusing. if you do listen, keep a note book of names.
I bought this book without realizing this was an "actual" history book and not a historical fiction novel. I listened; I feel like I know so much more now about Henry the VII and his time. It does not make for pleasant pastime: I was shocked by his "regime"'s brutality, deceit, systematic destruction of his subjects' lives and highway robbery of their assets. I can see why "monarchy" and "tyranny"are so close - practically synonyms. I did get quite depressed listening to it, but I would listen to more of Penn's writings if it becomes available on audio.
I really loved this one. You must pay attention as not to loose track of the family tree and players, but if you can keep all that straight, it is very great to listen too.
It is of coarse about Henry VII most of all. Learned a lot about the man and although he is not a beloved character, he was sure a king that a person would be interested in.
I found Simon Vance a good listen. Very good.
No, I think the book is long and needs digesting in steps, but I sure did not want to be away from it more then a day or two.
Enjoyable Tudor History. Helps in my understanding of English Government much controled by the King
A thorough telling of the reign of Henry VII as dry as s pile of fallen leaves in January. All of the intrigue, machinations, scheming personages, beheadings, royal moves and countermoves are detailed but with no juice or passion. What's needed is a Philippa Gregory to stir the pot and make me care.
"Henry VIII Prequel"
I treated this experience as a prequel to reading I'm heading into following this book--more (always more!) on Henry VIII. My interest has been reignited by the books Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies--both amazing.
I am blown away by the political and marketing savvy of Henry VII and his mother, Catherine Beaufort(?). They created the legend of the Tudors pretty much out of whole cloth. I was not aware of this degree of "sophistication" in that period.
Simon's narration is impeccable. He reads the book, for sure, but it sounds like he's telling the story from his mind and heart.
No--I was engaged enough to do so, but it's very long and covers a long period. "Digestion" between "meals" was vital!
Great narration and the story moves fast. Henry VIII gets most of the attention in popular history do this is an excellent primer on how his father created the monarchy Henry VIII would inherit.
But I got lost many times with so many names thrown out and I felt sometimes the narration diverted to stories of other people when it should be more on the reign of the King. Most of the details were like.. Junk. But overall one would learn a thing or two listening to this.