I would. I love history and particularly European history, but I have a short memory! This book was well round and broad, and the narrator was perfect for the task.
That she covered the interactions and feelings of the four inheritors to each other. There seems to be a lack of many histories that cover Edward, Mary, and Jane Grey in any detail, so this was the perfect supplement.
He has such a nice accent and a dignified demeanor, it seemed perfect for the subject.
I always looked forward to listening to it.
My only disappointment with this book was that Elizabeth only got 10 minutes of dedicated time on her reign at the end of the book. 10 minutes! Arguably the most famous and most beloved of all of Henry VIII's children, she was given the shortest amount of attention. Of course, there is a disclaimer at the beginning of the book that says that this book is about the relationships between the sibling and by the time Elizabeth comes to the thrown, there are no more siblings to be compared to.... but the others all had quite a bit on their reign and politics of the time, not just their relationships, so I really feel that both Elizabeth and I, as the reader, were short changed. It seems clear to me that the author did this deliberately so she could sell her book on Elizabeth, and I think that's kind of crappy.
I enjoyed every minute of this book, I was captivated by the 4 heirs of Henry VIII, each told in its own descriptive history, all their battles and seems like few wins. It was such a cuththroat time but I guess seeking power brings out the worst in people. I enjoyed Mary Tudor's story the best, as I listened, I felt like I got to know her inner thoughts, her bittersweet life, mostly sad though. I am looking forward to listening to more of Alison Weir's books
Psychologist, nuclear researcher, runner
Would it be crazy to almost shed a tear, after so much time, for a queen who would be later known as Bloody Mary? That should tell you what a gripping story this is, and so well read.
The previous book in history by the same author on the wives of Henry VIII
No unnecessary histrionics, but with impeccable phrasing and weight
The final death of Queen Mary
Recommend this to someone who thinks they only like crime and suspense novels.
It is a lively account and provided valuable insights and details.
The relatively intimate portrait of Queen Mary, who apparently had a kind, generous nature and in her youth was known for her "goodness". This and her initial popularity notwithstanding, an obstinate religious fervor drove her to burn almost 300 protestants and turned her into the hated "Bloody Mary". She perfectly illustrates Nobel physicist Steven Weinberg's remark: "Without [religion], you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion."
Queen Mary, who appears as a pathetic and all-too human figure driven by Catholic ardor and tormented by frustrated feminine passion.
Mary's pathetic love for Philip II to whom she was apparently physically repellent, though he treated her correctly; and her pitiful self-delusion in her two false pregnancies.
Well done but it is really about Mary, and it end's at her death, so the title is misleading. When it ends, you think you have an entire monarch to go!
This is the first time I've listened to a "historical" book. This experience was very educational and enjoyable; a story about real people, albeit in history.
I have started amassing a collection of this type of audible book. Real life experiences are very interesting, especially when taken from the point of view of the historical period in time.
I am a fan of most biographies of British royalty, and this was a superb treat. An amazing chronicle of the children of a very controversial king. And, the apples certainly did not fall far from the tree! I can't wait to read more of her work.
I was very disappointed that this book stopped completely at the moment that Elizabeth I ascended to the throne. This book is written more like a history book and is a dry accounting of the children on their way and upon the throne. It seems to have been based on records of the time and is fairly factual. Considering this, I was interested to see at least some of the contrast in how Elizabeth would handle the monarchy, as opposed to her siblings and the affect it would have on England. According to the title, I was not under the impression that I would have to buy another book to get the information on Elizabeth. I know she is book worthy... but it was very misleading. I believe Ms. Weir owed it to her readers to at least take the time to address the same main issues that plagued both Edward and Mary at the beginning of their reigns, and contrast how Elizabeth handled them as well. Very impolite to stop where it did.
The book, as much as it was, was well written and well narrated.
Actually, I purchased this because I am a fan of Alison Weir. All the previous books were in a female voice and I found the male voice odd for this work, for some reason. There was nothing "wrong", per se, but it wasn't what I expected.
I thought the inclusion of Jane Grey odd, given the title.
I am a city raised older Texas woman . I can't decide whether I am in love with Walt Longmire or George Guidall or maybe both .
It gets to be boring listening to a too detailed account of dry facts read in a monotone .