The Medieval Anarchy: History in an Hour : History in an Hour

  • by Kaye Jones
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • Series: History in an Hour
  • 1 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. Nicknamed ‘The Anarchy' for its unprecedented levels of chaos and disorder, the succession crisis that followed the death of King Henry I in 1135 resulted in England's first civil war.
The Medieval Anarchy: History in an Hour neatly covers all the major facts and events giving you a clear and straightforward overview of the plots and violence that ensued during the the nineteen-year conflict. The Medieval Anarchy: History in an Hour is engagingly written and accessible for all history lovers.
This, in an hour, is the story of ‘The Medieval Anarchy’ through the personalities, context, events and aftermath of England's first, and often forgotten, civil war. Love your history? Find out about the world with History in an Hour…


What the Critics Say

“If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past” (Dominic Sandbrook)
“The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age” (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
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Everything you could ever need to know about 'the first English Civil War' in an hour. Very good indeed. Enjoy.
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- Mr. C. J. King

An excellent gallop through history

I bought this title on a whim as I was intrigued how they could cover such a large subject in just one hour. Well I was not disappointed; the ubject matter was concise and yet covered all the major events and players, and the whole thing was very much aided by Jonathan Keeble's excellent narrative.

He has a real talent for engaging the listener, so that the end result is like listening to an interesting stranger on a train. The narrative also sticks to the known facts and never drifts off into opinion or myth as so many history books can have a tendency to do.

An excellent title, which has prompted me to buy another in the series, being "World War 1 in 1 hour"

Highly recommended
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- Colin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-04-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited