A Brief History of Britain 1485-1660

  • by Ronald Hutton
  • Narrated by Roger Davis
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the death of Richard III on Bosworth Field in 1485 to the execution of Charles I, after the Civil Wars of 1642-48, England was transformed by two Dynasties. Firstly the Tudors, who won the crown on the battlefield and changed both the nature of kingship but also the nation itself. England became a Protestant nation and began to establishment itself as a trading power; facing down impossible odds it defeated its enemies on land and sea. Yet after a century Elizabeth I died with no heir and the crown was passed to the Stuarts, who were keen to remould the kingdom in their own image.
Leading Historian, Ronald Hutton brilliantly recreates the political landscape over this early modern period and shows how the modern nation was forged in these anxious, transformative years. Combining skilful pen portraits of the leading figures, culture, economics and accounts of everyday life, he reveals insights in this key era in our nation's story.
This the second book in the four volume Brief History of Britain which brings together some of the leading historians to tell our nation’s story from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present-day. Combining the latest research with accessible and entertaining story telling, it is the ideal introduction for students and general readers.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Useful though not exciting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but only if the friend already has a real interest in history


What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reading was a bit dull; the voice is too deep for my taste, but that is of course personal.


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

Probably not.


Any additional comments?

To me, the best thing about this book are the references to recent scholarship and research. It is extremely interesting and important to have an idea of how views of particular subjects and periods have evolved.

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- Acteon

excellent history, balanced perspective

This is a superb history of the momentous era from before Henry VIII to after Elizabeth. The author also presents other historians' views, which changed sometimes dramatically over time based on the latest scholarship and trends. Religion and finance (economy) are two important areas that benefit greatly from balanced perspectives. This clear combination of current and historical scholarship is very interesting and helps the reader understand also how history is analyzed.
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- Reuel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios