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In this second volume of short essays, renowned historian Robert Lacey opens with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the flowering of the modern English language in the final years of the 14th century and ends with the Glorious Revolution of 1688-9, when Parliament secured control over the Crown. Along the way we hear about Dick Whittington and his cat, the origin of the V sign at Agincourt, The Wars of the Roses and all the pivotal events which have fashioned a nation.

©2004 Robert Lacey (P)2006 W F Howes Ltd

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  • James
  • Santa Maria, CA, United States
  • 01-13-12

Good stories with needless liberal jabs

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

I was able to place major characters and events from English history in chronological order. The level of detail was just right for tying together the historical chain presented.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Several times the author took occasion to make a snide comment about conservatives. It was jarring and out of place when talking about people and events from hundreds of years ago.

Any additional comments?

The rude asides by the author, commenting on modern conservatism, will likely stop me from listening to the rest of this series.

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Great overview of British history

Absolutely loved. An excellent summary of British monarchy, religion, and politics. Enough personal stories and interesting facts to keep it from being dry and boring, yet managing a succinct overview. Highly recommend.

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  • Kenny G
  • 01-18-17

A historical and political overview of English history

This is the second volume I have listened back to back and it gives a historical overview which supports more detailed history books and a wider context of English social and political development

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  • Kf
  • 05-29-16

Chunky highlights

A brilliant way to discover history, all the better for being narrated by the author: an enthusiastic presenter and historian who cuts to the chase on this potted history deluxe. Perfect to dip into, as each segment is petite, but enough detail to satisfy and inform and whet the appetite for more!

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  • Will
  • 01-20-15

Ok for history novices

If you are new to history this is a great little overview of the more famous stories, if you are already into history this book is a little simplistic - you probably already know the general story and this book doesn't go into great detail. I listen to this with my 8 year old son as we do chores or he is in the bath.

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  • AshaTestMbsPlan-UP-add
  • 11-11-11

This is really a good book and worth Reading it

This is Really a Good Book and worth Reading it ...and i recommend this book to everyone.

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