This audiobook contains sharp and enjoyable new portraits of the English kings and queens. Hunchbacked Richard III, the Virgin Queen Elizabeth I, the grieving widow Victoria, and the romantic who gave up his throne for love, Edward VIII - often the colourful kings and queens of England seem like mere caricature, while less familiar rulers like William IV or Henry VI have faded into the shadows of history.
Carolly Erickson's sensitive and revealing portrayals bring new life to the big names, and light up some of our most neglected but intriguing royals. Here is the puny Charles I, nervous, tense and socially awkward, the frail slight Richard II, melancholic and sad, the homosexual James I with his handsome favourites, and the stuttering William II. Every monarch from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II is covered. Award-winning historian Erickson tells the human stories with her characteristic blend of authenticity, engaging style and psychological insight.Carolly Erickson is a distinguished historian and the author of The First Elizabeth, Great Catherine, Alexandra, and a dozen other prize winning biographies. Her PhD in medieval history from Columbia University, New York, led her to six years as a college professor then to a career as a full-time writer.
©2007 Carolly Erickson (P)2013 Audible Ltd
"Erickson proves it is possible to write narrative history that is both popular and good." (Mail on Sunday)
"Erickson is one of the most accomplished and successful historical biographers writing in English." (TLS)
"Extremely readable." (Nikolai Tolstoy, Literary Review)
I have read a LOT of English history and I usually don't much like compilations, as the info is so shallow, however this book is really a good read, and you can dip into it at any point and enjoy the interesting details about the various kings and queens of England
If you like English history, this is a fun read, good to listen to while driving or gardenting, etc.
Engrossing in the stories picked out to best sum up the lives of the Monarchs, much like a highlight reel without going into too much depth. Each section is either just long enough to pique your interest in individual Monarchs or short enough not to bore you. I found myself researching Kings, Queens and nobility I'd either never heard of or never considered much before this audiobook. It is concise in its approach, offering little snippets and a summary of the lives of English Monarchs. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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