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.
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Good stories with needless liberal jabs
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.
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.
The rude asides by the author, commenting on modern conservatism, will likely stop me from listening to the rest of this series.
Great overview of British history
- Jesse Corson