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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.

    Dustin E Porter says: "Interesting listen"
  • 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 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!"
  • 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 Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen | Susan Bordo

    The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Susan Bordo
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
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    Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: Neither.) And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne’s death more than her life.

    Roswatheist says: "Most Enjoyable Biography--Win!"
  • 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"
  • 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.

  • 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"
  • The Great Republic | Sir Winston Churchill

    The Great Republic

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    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Winston S. Churchill
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    The Great Republic is Sir Winston Churchill's personal vision of American history, from the arrival of the first European settlers to the dawn of the Cold War. Only Sir Winston Churchill's special perspective on America, his experience as a leader, and his great gifts as a narrative historian could have produced a story that lays out America's history with this audio's special brilliance.

    Robert says: "Exceptional Insights and Magnificent Prose"
  • Froissart's Chronicles: Selections from The Great Wars of England and France | Jean Froissart

    Froissart's Chronicles: Selections from The Great Wars of England and France

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Jean Froissart
    • Narrated By John Horton
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    The first great war correspondent of the Middle Ages, Jean Froissart chronicled events during the period of English-French rivalry known as the Hundred Years War. Drawing on personal experience and far-ranging travel, Froissart takes you to the front lines of war for interviews with the combatants in such historic struggles as the Siege of Calais (1347) and the Battle of Poitiers (1356), as well the birth and death of England's King Richard II, and more.

    Robert says: "Detailed Battle History"
  • The Lost Colony of Roanoke and Jamestown: The History and Legacy of England's First American Colonies | Charles River Editors

    The Lost Colony of Roanoke and Jamestown: The History and Legacy of England's First American Colonies

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charles River Editors
    • Narrated By Kadee Coppinger
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    Nearly 20 years before Jamestown was settled, the English established one of the earliest colonies in North America. Like other early settlements, Roanoke struggled to survive in its infancy. The colony's leader, John White, sailed back to England in 1587 to bring more supplies and help. What White found when he came back to Roanoke led to one of the most enduring mysteries in American history. Despite the fact he left over 100 people in Roanoke in 1587, White returned to literally nothing, with all traces of the settlement gone and no evidence of fighting.

  • 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.

  • Shakespeare's Kings: The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485 | John Julius Norwich

    Shakespeare's Kings: The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated By John Curran
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    William Shakespeare may have been the greatest playwright in the English language, but how does he measure up as a historian? In this brilliant comparison between the events and characters in Shakespeare's history plays and the actual events that inspired them, acclaimed historian John Julius Norwich examines the nine works that together amount to an epic masterpiece on England's most fascinating period.

    Jessica says: "The program demands an optional headline"
  • 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 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 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."
  • 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

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    • 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.

  • The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War | Fred Anderson

    The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fred Anderson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years' War, and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In January 2006, PBS will air The War That Made America, a four-part documentary about this epic conflict. Fred Anderson, the award-winning and critically acclaimed historian, has written the official tie-in to this exciting television event.

    Michael says: "A thorough and absorbing history"
  • 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.

    Ryan says: "Good but not great"
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