Christopher Lee's history of Britain provides the definitive radio account of the events and personalities that have shaped our nation. From foreign invasions and war to economic crises and social revolution, this is a compelling journey through centuries of dramatic change.
Volume 6, covering the years 1702 to 1760, looks at several firsts: the reign of the first Hanoverian king, George I; the man known as Britain's first prime minister, Robert Walpole; the first renditions of 'Rule Britannia' and 'God Save the King'; and, importantly, the first appearance of gin!
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"Wonderful....This Sceptred Isle has provided one of the greatest treats for listeners in recent years." (Sunday Times)
I had just finished a print book on this era, A Very English Deceit by Malcolm Balen (centering on the South Seas Bubble but giving a lot of color of the times) which I think spoiled me. Having seen a bit of the depth and richness of Christopher Wren's architecture, alongside bits of squalor in London, next to the twists and subtleties of Walpole's political machinations, I found this audio a bit flat and spare in its depictions. I do intend to continue listening to this series though, as overall I find them very rewarding. I don't regret listening to it, but might expect a tad more here in both scope and detail.
"A good listen"
This a very enjoyable and informative BBC radio series. I have listened to it many times and recommend it.
"Another great instalment"
This continues with a fine series that gives a great coverage of British History from the earliest days. It covers all the key events, as well as many lesser known ones. I have spent many hours doing further reading following listening to an episode of this to learn more (or anything) about people and events mentioned.
These should be required listening for all school children doing history (especially those who think history is boring).
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