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Publisher's Summary

The award-winning story of Britain, from the arrival of Julius Caesar in 55 BC to the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.

Christopher Lee's history of Britain provides the definitive radio account of the events and personalities that have shaped our nation. From foreign invasions and war to economic crises and social revolution, this is a compelling journey through centuries of dramatic change.

Volume 4, covering the years 1547 to 1660, describes some momentous events: the long reign of Elizabeth I; the personal union of England and Scotland under her successor, James VI and I; and, of course, the Civil War, the execution of Charles I, and the abolition of the monarchy for 11 years.

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Critic Reviews

"Wonderful....This Sceptred Isle has provided one of the greatest treats for listeners in recent years." (Sunday Times)

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Where does This Sceptred Isle Vol 4 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

7 out of 10

Who was your favorite character and why?

Robert Cecil. A lawyer.

What does Anna Massey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ease of listening.

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

No. But listened to it twice.

Any additional comments?

Great series. But where is Vol. 5 1660 - 1702?

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  • Smask
  • 05-22-14

Superb

What made the experience of listening to This Sceptred Isle Volume 4 the most enjoyable?

The mix of narrators is superb and makes listening to a complex story an absolute pleasure. This series is something I've listened to time and again.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the narration works and the clarity of the story, even if you are not a history buff you will enjoy it.

Which character – as performed by Anna Massey – was your favourite?

She is a superb narrator and all her characters are excellent.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Sorry no good at this.

Any additional comments?

Of course you get the best out of this of you listen on order.

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  • Andrew J Nolan
  • 06-13-16

Very good

This BBC radio series is great way to learn about this countries history. Anna Massey is a great narrator and really brings the story to life.

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  • Teresa Cooper
  • 03-14-15

Easy bites of history.

Clear and concise. Well written and narrated by two very well known thespians ( Christopher Lee [ author] and Anna Massey [ narrator] ). Good historical reading for everyone.

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