From ancient times to the present day, the story of England has been laced with drama, intrigue, courage and passion - a rich and vibrant narrative of heroes and villains, kings and rebels, artists and highwaymen, bishops and scientists. In Great Tales from English History, historian Robert Lacey captures the most pivotal moments and the stories of the extraordinary characters who helped shape a nation.
©2003 Robert Lacey (P)2004 W F Howes Ltd
Fascinating tales from English history , some new and some familiar. Enjoyed every bit of it and will move on to the next volume in the series.
audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.
I only wish this book were longer... Luckily there are two more volumes.
This ingenious author has put together the important and fascinating bits of history, both legendary and scholarly, that make up England's glorious past. Even when the story is exaggerated, the author explains what the story can teach us about English history. It is incredibly well-done! Anyone with a passing interest in early English history will devour this gem of a book!
Furthermore, I believe the author has a back-up calling if he gets tired of writing... Robert Lacey is a FANTASTIC narrator. Rarely can an author do justice to his own work as a narrator. Lacey is an audible super star!!
I can't recommend this book enough!
"Some enjoyable tales here"
This book is an easy listen - it takes you through tales from the early part of England's history. A few commonly believed myths are dispelled, and while this is no weighty historical tome I think most people will find some things to delight them and learn about in here. It is well narrated and if you are looking for a breezy canter through the period then this will do just fine. I certainly enjoyed it and have bought some of the others in the series, so a thumbs up from me.
I really liked it.
I found out lots of things about early British history that I did not know.
No bit heavy going for a full sitting with lots of information to absorb
Really enjoyed it, cant wait to start on the second book
"Informative but not complicated"
Really enjoyed listening to this and found the content interesting. However my only complaint is that the author has attempted to stress fact over fiction where possible. This is all well and good but Eleanor of Castile died at Harby in Nottinghamshire and not Northamptonshire.
It would have got five stars if it hadn't been for that.
I remember reading Lacey and University, he was one of the few authors who could capture my attention for longer than five minutes.
He continues to impress with this piece of objective academic book which offers a great balance of narrative and analysis.
"A very well delivered, and concise history of England"
A history delivered in short and easily digested chapters, that have a sequence and narrative that make for enjoyment and understanding that both educate and entertain.
"Interesting but not attention grabbing"
Perhaps my expectations were misplaced but I was expecting a more 'joined up' narrative. Instead, the book jumps from one individual and usually interesting story to another. Having said that, I found most of the stories interesting but it left me wanting to know more - perhaps that was the objective.
I will probably buy the second volume in due course, but the first volume didn't make me want to rush out and buy it immediately.
I find I can always tell when the author and narrator are the same person - either because many authors are not great performers, or because when the author narrates he or she does it with more confidence, knowing the work intimately. In this case, Lacey does a great job.
Not really suitable for a film, though could be a good TV series.
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