A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts : The Great Courses: Renaissance & Early Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Robert Bucholz
  • Series: The Great Courses: Renaissance & Early Modern History
  • 24 hrs and 30 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

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, Louis XIV of France and Philip II of Spain. But they did much more than survive. They produced a great culture, giving the world the ideas of John Locke, the plays of Shakespeare, the wit of Swift, the poetry of Milton, the buildings of Christopher Wren, the science of Isaac Newton, and the King James Bible, to name a very few. And, despite the cruelty, bloodshed, and religious suppression they visited upon so many, they ultimately left behind something else: the political principles and ideals for which we-and so many of them - would work and die, and on which we would build our own nation.
Now you can watch this remarkable panorama of society, economics, religion, and politics unfold in a series of 48 transfixing lectures by a justifiably honored teacher who takes you into the lives of not only Britain's ruling royal houses, but the English people themselves, describing how they were born, worked, played, worshiped, fell in love, and died.
Cinematic in their presentation and detail - whether describing the likely thoughts of Charles I on the way to his execution or the overheard weeping of Queen Anne after she fired her Lord Treasurer - these lectures are as memorable as the history they describe.

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Old-fashioned and inaccurate

Bucholz has written some respected texts, but in this series he has relied on outdated research. His lectures on Henry VII and Henry VIII are sound enough, but by the time he got to Edward VI it was clear he had read no recent historical writing; he repeated the myth that Edward was weakly from birth, that Northumberland had conspired to put his son and daughter in law on the throne, and a number of other inaccuracies. Finally I had to stop listening. There are better books out there: David Loades' books on each of the Tudor monarchs are excellent, readable, and well-researched, Diarmuid MacCulloch wrote a good one on Edward, Dale Hoak's Age of Henry VIII is both interesting and easy to listen to.
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- E. Stein

History-lite according to Braveheart

What disappointed you about A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts?

Unlike "The Great Courses" Medievil History of England lectures, this series is poor—it is a self promoting series by Rovert Bucholz that doesn't back up most of his views with archeology and primary texts—instead he does melodramatic readings of Shakespeare, hearsay, gossip, and movie quotes.


What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

His voice—he tries to convince you through raising his voices into an affected form of rhetoric instead of calmly presenting opposing views. He talks about the lecture its self as if were a primary source and makes leaps of logic.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Robert Bucholz?

Jennifer Paxton who did The Story of Medieval England


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disbelief—I'm sure which parts are true and which parts are not. I'll need to find a more balanced book about the Tudors and the Stuarts.


Any additional comments?

It's lectures series like this that cause people to study science and give up on the humanities.

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- lattetown "I like books when they are read... To me with different voices for all the characters... By a talented author. ~Haiku"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses