From Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I, the age of the Tudors comes to vivid life in audio.
Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life in this monumental audiobook in his History of England series, charting the course of English history from Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I.
Rich in detail and atmosphere, Tudors is the story of Henry VIII's relentless pursuit of both the perfect wife and the perfect heir; of how the brief royal reign of the teenage king, Edward VI, gave way to the violent reimposition of Catholicism and the stench of bonfires under "Bloody Mary". It tells, too, of the long reign of Elizabeth I, which, though marked by civil strife, plots against her, and even an invasion force, finally brought stability.
Above all it is the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, England was still largely feudal and looked to Rome for direction; at its end it was a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and where men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to those who ruled them.
©2012 Peter Ackroyd (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This second work by Ackroyd on British history is equally informative and fascinating as the first. The length of time covered here is considerably shorter and easier to get your head around. The narrator's style becomes familiar and is much less distracting. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment: The Reformation.
I had some trouble getting used to Clive Chaffer's style, but I stuck with it. I became accustomed to it and I'm glad I did. The story is certainly worth having the patience to get used to him. Try speeding the audio up; that helps some. I'm now a Clive Chaffer fan!
Interesting, informative, well researched.
Many excellent books have been written about this family and this is one more.
Well performed and clear
very detailed ; long, but well -researched and well-written. good narration. you have to really want to learn about English history to read it, but you don't have to know a lot about it ahead of time
The narrator sounds like a news corespondent with the exact same inflection at the ends of sentences, over and over and over. I couldn't stand more than a half hour so I can't review the actual book.
If you can persevere with the narrator you can get used to it and be offended by the narration less and less frequently until eventually you won't notice it. Extraordinary intonation but wonderfully clear diction. Information very interesting and well written.
I'm an insomniac and I'm glad I bought this book because I use it as a sleep aid...the narration inflections are a predictable pattern.
The book itself was quite good and well-written, but the reader's intonation is highly distracting. Almost every clause ends with the same inflection, whether mid-sentence, the end of a paragraph, or the end of a chapter. It gives the impression that no line of thought is ever complete, and it makes the story hard to follow. The problem slowly fades over the course of the book, or maybe I just started to get used to it and filter it out. Nonetheless, I will not purchase another audiobook narrated by Clive Chafer.
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Very comprehensive history of the Tudors. not quite the sweep of the first book Foundations, but a deeper dive into two centuries.
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