• by David Starkey
  • Narrated by David Starkey
  • 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The crown of England is the oldest surviving political institution in Europe. Throughout this audiobook Dr David Starkey emphasises the Crown's endless capacity to adapt to circumstances and reshape national policy, whilst he unmasks the personalities and achievements, the defeats and victories, which lie behind the kings and queens of British history. Each of these monarchs has contributed to the religion, geography, laws, language, and government which we live with today. Monarchy demonstrates exactly how these states were arrived at, how these monarchs subtly influenced each other, which battles were won and why, whose whim or failure caused religious tradition to wither or flourish, and which monarchs, through their acumen, strength and single minded determination, came to enforce the laws of England.


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Customer Reviews

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I loved it.

Excellent book. Informative, but not dry. Utterly riveting. More like a story, than like dry history. And I loved the way it was read.
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- Mair

Fascinating Review of our Monarchy

What did you like most about Monarchy?

David Starkey always goes into great detail about the historical characters he has researched and he tells their story in a no fuss, direct but highly entertaining way which is accurate and believable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is not a fictional novel, so all the kings and queens are interesting. Henry VIII is always fascinating of course, but it is also nice to hear about those monarchs who are less well known

Which character – as performed by David Starkey – was your favourite?

David brings them all to life - he speaks in a lively, dramatic style which involves the listener

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just wanted to keep on listening!

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- Alison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-09-2007
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks