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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

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Entertaining snippets of history

What did you love best about Great Tales from English History: Volume I?

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.

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  • benoibe
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 08-02-13

I LOVE this book!! Exceptional!! Charming!

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!

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Best on English History

This was well done there is no better on English History that I have read or listened to. It was well researched and the narrative was very interesting. The author/narrator was very effective in bringing across his intended message and as someone who is interest in the history of England, this was very well done.

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Excellent for history buffs

If you could sum up Great Tales from English History: Volume I in three words, what would they be?

Interesting historical anecdotes

What did you like best about this story?

The format of the book. If you are looking for long narratives of historical events with lots of details, this is not the book for you. I however enjoy history in small snippets.

What about Robert Lacey’s performance did you like?

He is an excellent narrator in addition to being a great writer.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had a really long afternoon I would have. I did only take me about three sittings.

Any additional comments?

This is one of my favorite history series.

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  • Mr
  • 04-07-13

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.

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  • LadyShaftesbury
  • 07-17-14

Really Interesting

Where does Great Tales from English History: Volume I rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really liked it.

What did you like best about this story?

I found out lots of things about early British history that I did not know.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Boudica

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No bit heavy going for a full sitting with lots of information to absorb

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed it, cant wait to start on the second book

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  • Narny
  • 03-28-12

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-17

Lovely overview

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.

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  • Kenny G
  • 01-13-17

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.

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  • Mr. J. B. Whitehead
  • 08-06-16

Interesting but not attention grabbing

What did you like best about Great Tales from English History: Volume I? What did you like least?

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.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Lacey? Why or why not?

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.

What does Robert Lacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

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.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Not really suitable for a film, though could be a good TV series.