The Thirty Years War

  • by C. V. Wedgwood
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Initially, the Thirty Years War was precipitated in 1618 by religious conflicts between Protestants and Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire. But the conflict soon spread beyond religion to encompass the internal politics and balance of power within the Empire, and then later to the other European powers. By the end, it became simply a dynastic struggle between Bourbon France and Habsburg Spain. And almost all of it was fought out in Germany. After 30 years of conflict, entire regions of Germany and Bohemia were depopulated and destroyed by marching armies, fire, famine, and disease. It bankrupted most of the participants while leaving thousands of German villages, towns, and even cities in smoldering ruin.
Because of the political and geographical complexity of the early 17th century, an understanding of The Thirty Years War can be difficult to grasp in the beginning. Listeners will be rewarded by patience. As an aid to comprehension, we recommend the online Wikipedia article "The Thirty Years War" for maps and overviews of the geography, principle leaders, and major battles.
Total running time: 19 hours and 48 minutes. Narrator: Charlton Griffin.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

it grows on you

I have listened to this audio book three times now as I find the period of the Thirty Years War fascinating. The book is, in my opinion, a masterpiece, extremely well written and, from what I can gather, well researched. At first I found the narration annoying with the curious (to my ears at least) pronunciations of some place names but, after listening for the third time, I realised it really didn't detract that much from the story; in fact it made some of it more memorable. I would recommend this book to others
Read full review

- james

Good overview

I knew very little about the 30 years war before listening to this. It gave a good overview of the political machinations behind the was and made the conscious decision not to focus on the destruction.
Read full review

- Richard Kapustynskyj

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-06-2012
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur