• Four Princes

  • Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe
  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 04-04-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.2 (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

John Julius Norwich - whom the Wall Street Journal called "the very model of a popular historian" - has crafted a big, bold tapestry of the early 16th century, when Europe and the Middle East were overshadowed by a quartet of legendary rulers, all born within a 10-year period:
Francis I of France, the personification of the Renaissance, who became a highly influential patron of the arts and education.
Henry VIII, who was not expected to inherit the throne but embraced the role with gusto, broke with the Roman Catholic Church, and appointed himself head of the Church of England.
Charles V, the most powerful and industrious man at the time, was unanimously elected Holy Roman Emperor.
Suleiman the Magnificent stood apart as a Muslim, and brought the Ottoman Empire to its apogee of political, military, and economic power.
Against the vibrant background of the Renaissance, these four men laid the foundations for modern Europe and the Middle East, as they collectively impacted the culture, religion, and politics of their respective domains.
©2016 John Julius Norwich (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"British polymath, TV personality, and historian Norwich delivers lively biographies of all four characters...Bad behavior makes for entertaining history, and age has not diminished Norwich's skills." ( Kirkus)
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By Katie on 05-30-17

Really great

Fantastic story! Fascinating period of history and to have the interconnections of the major players of this era is fabulous. Norwich asway does a fabulous job. Had a few moment when the pronunciation by the author annoyed me but easily overlooked.

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By Paula on 02-05-18

For the most part, very informative.

Since everything else in this book seemed so well researched, I was very disappointed when the author claimed that Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, had 6 fingers on one of her hands. Any historian worth their salt knows that she certainly did NOT. This was a myth spread around by Catholic propagandists after her death.
Otherwise, I thought that this was a great book.

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