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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A bit too brief

I know, brief is right there in the title. However, there's a lot of History of Britain between 1485 and 1660, and this isn't a long book. If you are already familiar with the period this might make a good refresher, but to me it was so fast and dense at times that it felt like a list of names and dates. I don't think much of it will stick.

I should have probably have picked several longer titles covering aspects of the period.
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- Matthew

A fantastic way to be totally infomred on British

Would you consider the audio edition of A Brief History of Britain 1485-1660 to be better than the print version?

Moves at quite a pace, so you have to be alert to take in the details. brilliant way to absorb the heritage and fantastic happenings of the UK's history. I have scored far better in history quizzes since listening to this book and the others in the series. An essential for anyone who missed out on History at school.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh...too many to say, the narration was good though...so he was a good character...does that count!


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Unmissable....how we have got to where we are today


Any additional comments?

Should be part of the school curriculum.

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- Helen

Book Details

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