Rebellion

The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution
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Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Series: History of England Series No: 3
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Dec 02, 2014
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (19.00 hours)
Product Number: Z100082414
Released: Dec 02, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483033990
Narrator/s: Clive Chafer
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Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning the progress south of the Scottish king James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first Stuart king of England, and ending with the deposition and flight into exile of his grandson James II. The Stuart monarchy brought together the two nations of England and Scotland into one realm, albeit a realm still marked by political divisions that echo to this day. More importantly perhaps, the Stuart era was marked by the cruel depredations of civil war and the killing of a king. Shrewd and opinionated, James I was eloquent on matters as diverse as theology, witchcraft, and the abuses of tobacco, but his attitude to the English parliament sowed the seeds of the division that would split the country during the reign of his hapless heir, Charles I. Ackroyd offers a brilliant, warts-and-all portrayal of Charles's nemesis, Oliver Cromwell, Parliament's great military leader and England's only dictator, who began his career as a political liberator but ended it as much of a despot as "that man of blood," the king he executed. England's turbulent seventeenth century is vividly laid out before us, but so too is the cultural and social life of the period, notable for its extraordinarily rich literature, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of John Donne and Milton, and Thomas Hobbes's great philosophical treatise, Leviathan. Rebellion also gives us a very real sense of the lives of ordinary English men and women, lived out against a backdrop of constant disruption and uncertainty.

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Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Narrator(s): Clive Chafer
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Genre: History
Product Number DD13529
Released: Dec 02, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483034034
eBook
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Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
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Genre: History
Product Number EB00533125
Released: Oct 21, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781466855991

Professional reviews

"AckroydÕs history of Britain in the 1600s has many dramatic high points, but its audio delivery proves wearisome. Clive Chafer is an accomplished narrator, with many fine titles to his credit. But heÕs locked into a professional style that puts heavy weight onto the closing word in a sentence, clause, or phrase, and, once noticed, this practice becomes more and more distracting, and soon monotonous. Possibly this is a matter of taste, and another ear will hear him differently. AckroydÕs history proves to be fascinating and well told, and can be recommended on its own merits. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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