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  • Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors: The History of England, Book 1 | Peter Ackroyd

    Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors: The History of England, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    In Foundation the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death of the first Tudor king, Henry VII, in 1509. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past - a Neolithic stirrup found in a grave, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, a medieval manor house.

    Maggie says: "Didn't Want It To End!!"
  • A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts | The Great Courses

    A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
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    During the 229-year period from 1485 to 1714, England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called "the first modern society" and emerged as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world.Those years hold a huge and captivating story. The English survived repeated epidemics and famines, one failed invasion and two successful ones, two civil wars, a series of violent religious reformations and counter-reformations, and confrontations with two of the most powerful monarchs on earth.

    E. Stein says: "Old-fashioned and inaccurate"
  • The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest | The Great Courses

    The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jennifer Paxton
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    These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

    Jake says: "I was happily surprised!"
  • Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England | Carolly Erickson

    Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    The tumult and opulence of England’s Regency era burst from the pages in this work of literary nonfiction by acclaimed author Carolly Erickson. When dementia forces King George III to vacate his throne, the kingdom slips into a decade marked with excess, scandal, and riots. King George has suffered bouts of mental instability before, but in 1810 he shows no signs of recovering. Public and government business halts as word of his condition leaks out. Hoping to control the crisis, Parliament appoints the king’s unpopular son Prince George IV as Regent or caretaker.

    EJJ says: "Riveting History of Regency Period"
  • A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 B.C. - 1603 A.D. | Simon Schama

    A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 B.C. - 1603 A.D.

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    A History of Britain poses questions that have universal timeless resonance. What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do you give your allegiance and why? Where do the roots of your community lie - in your hearth and home, your village or city, your tribe, your faith? And, finally, what is Britain? Also, listen to A History of Britain, Volume 2.

    Dennis says: "Accessible to the lay-person."
  • Westminster Abbey: The History of England's Most Famous Church | Jesse Harasta,Charles River Editors

    Westminster Abbey: The History of England's Most Famous Church

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated By Colin Fluxman
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    It almost goes without saying that Westminster Abbey is one of the foremost sites in Europe when it comes to being steeped in history. Dating back to the reign of William the Conqueror and the Norman conquest, Westminster Abbey has traditionally been the site of royal coronations, royal weddings, and royal burials, and anyone who enters can instantly feel that they are walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, from Henry III to Queen Elizabeth I.

  • For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History | Sarah Rose

    For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sarah Rose
    • Narrated By Sarah Rose
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    In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, botanist, and plant hunter, to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China - territory forbidden to foreigners - to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. For All the Tea in China is the remarkable account of Fortune's journeys into China - a thrilling narrative that combines history, geography, botany, natural science, and old-fashioned adventure.

    S. Mersereau says: "Like Fingernails on a Chalkboard"
  • The Tower of London: The History of England's Famous Landmark | Charles River Editors,Dr. Jesse Harasta

    The Tower of London: The History of England's Famous Landmark

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Charles River Editors, Dr. Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated By Phillip J. Mather
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    The Tower of London is one of the most historic sites in all of England and still one of the most popular. All around is the modern city of London, one of the world's most prosperous and power financial districts, but the Tower is still a daunting structure that looms across the landscape. Not a single structure but a vast network of medieval and early modern fortifications, it anchors the southeastern end of the old city and controls access to the River Thames and, through it, London's connection to the sea.

    A. Kessel says: "Fascinating History Brought to Life"
  • Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution | Peter Ackroyd

    Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    England's turbulent seventeenth century is vividly laid out before us, but so too is the cultural and social life of the period, notable for its extraordinarily rich literature, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of John Donne and Milton, and Thomas Hobbes's great philosophical treatise, Leviathan. Rebellion also gives us a very real sense of the lives of ordinary English men and women, lived out against a backdrop of constant disruption and uncertainty.

    Kathy says: "Essential Background Plus A Good Story"
  • The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England | edited by Antonia Fraser

    The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By edited by Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    The former King of England, Edward II was murdered in Berkeley Castle, near Gloucester, England. In 1326, Edward's wife, Isabella of France, led an invasion against her husband. The following year, Edward was made to renounce the throne in favor of his son Edward. This was the first time that a king of England had been dethroned since Ethelred in 1013.

    Ian says: "Excellent introduction of British History"
  • The Wars of the Roses: The History of the Conflicts That Brought the Tudors to Power in England | Charles River Editors

    The Wars of the Roses: The History of the Conflicts That Brought the Tudors to Power in England

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Charles River Editors
    • Narrated By Paul Bloede
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    Today, roses are a sign of love and luxury, but for over 30 years they provided the symbols for two houses at war for control of England. Thousands of people died and many more were injured fighting beneath the white rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster, and the noble families ruling England tore each other apart in a struggle that was as bitter as it was bloody.

  • The Great Fire of London: The History of the 1666 Fire that Destroyed England's Greatest City | Charles River Editors

    The Great Fire of London: The History of the 1666 Fire that Destroyed England's Greatest City

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Charles River Editors
    • Narrated By Pam Tierney
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    In the 17th century, the people of London could boast that they had developed some of the most advanced firefighting technology and methods in the world, including the use of primitive fire engines. There were even vendors of such machines who advertised in papers of their machines' abilities to quench great fires.

  • Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy | David Starkey

    Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy

    • ABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Starkey
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith, Jim Norton
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    The monarchy is one of Britain’s longest surviving institutions – as well as one of its most tumultuous and revered. In this masterful book, David Starkey looks at the monarchy as a whole, charting its history from Roman times, to the Wars of the Roses, the chaos of the Civil War, the fall of Charles I and Cromwell's emergence as Lord Protector – all the way up until the Victorian era when Britain’s monarchs came face-to-face with modernity.

    daniel says: "Needs Chapters - to good to stop!"
  • London: A History [Modern Library Chronicles] | A. N. Wilson

    London: A History [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By A. N. Wilson
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
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    This entertaining volume provides a concise history of one of the world's premiere cities. Acclaimed author A.N. Wilson starts at the beginning, when London was founded by the Romans, and continues to contemporary times, hitting all the historical highlights along the way. London is the perfect starter book for anyone wishing to understand this great city a little better, and even seasoned London fans will find new information here.

    Denise says: "Some Insights"
  • A Short History of England | Simon Jenkins

    A Short History of England

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Simon Jenkins
    • Narrated By Simon Jenkins
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    Which battle was fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge? In A Short History of England, bestselling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation. From the invaders of the Dark Ages to today's coalition, via the Tudors, the Stuarts and two world wars, Jenkins weaves together a gripping narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in his own inimitable style.

  • A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 1 | Clarence B. Carson

    A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Clarence B. Carson
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
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    This first volume covers our heritage, our links to England, how the colonies grew, the mighty force of religion in early America, and the oppression felt by the colonists. It describes why our ancestors fought for their beliefs, and their efforts to create a government limited in scope by checks and balances so that it would not have the power to oppress the people.

    Jared Lee McHatton says: "A Promising Series Degenerates"
  • Tudors: The History of England From Henry VIII to Elizabeth I: History of England, Book 2 | Peter Ackroyd

    Tudors: The History of England From Henry VIII to Elizabeth I: History of England, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    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.

    M. Nelson says: "Horrible narrator"
  • A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 BC - AD 1603 | Simon Schama

    A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 BC - AD 1603

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney.

    Patrick says: "The Best History of Britain Ever Written"
  • A History of Britain, Volume 2: The Wars of the British 1603-1776 | Simon Schama

    A History of Britain, Volume 2: The Wars of the British 1603-1776

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    Eminent - and best selling - historian Simon Schama takes the listener back in time to the Britain that existed in the 17th and 18th centuries, introducing us to the ill-fated Charles I and Oliver Cromwell, John Milton and Benjamin Franklin, and some not-so-famous characters who helped define the course of British history. "Delightfully accessible," say the critics, "a powerful experience."

    D. Littman says: "All around outstanding"
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization | Thomas Cahill

    How the Irish Saved Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
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    Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves.

    P says: "Fascinating book"
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