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Monarchy

Narrated by: David Starkey
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: History, World
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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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  • Michael
  • 09-04-2010

A "must read"!

This is a thoroughly engrossing history of the British monarchy from the 15th century Wars of the Roses to the Victorian era. Frankly, it is more of a survey than a comprehensive study as no author could be expected to adequately review and analyze more than 400 years of British history in a single work. Thus, some of the portraits of monarchs are rather hastily sketched. But it is particularly strong in Starkey's study of the Tudor era, his specialty as a historian. Nevertheless, the book is full of richly drawn descriptions of virtually every holder (and pretender) to the throne over four centuries, including a fascinating study of the Cromwellian "republic." It also traces with remarkable clarity the development of the British system into the present era as the monarchy slowly lost its ability to control events with the growth of that new political power center, Parliament--a development not lost on observers in 13 North American colonies throughout the 18th century. "Monarchy" is intelligently written and beautifully narrated by the author. It deserves a place in the library of anyone even remotely curious about the origins of the modern world.

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  • David
  • 28-04-2012

Seminal history of the British monarchy

Not so much a history of the lives of individual monarchs, as a history of the institution of monarchy itself. Covering the period from Henry VII to Victoria, this book shows how the British monarchy has been instrumental in shaping the modern world.

Some of the individual kings and queens receive rather brief biographical sketches, but this is more a story of their most notable successes - and spectacular failures - than of the minutiae of their daily lives. An interesting theme is the way in which even the spectacular failures (eg. much of James II's reign) are extremely important - because they provided the impetus for many of the social and political changes which led to our modern forms of democracy.

I always enjoy hearing the author read his or her own work, and Starkey's characteristic narration is definitely no exception - he has an obvious passion for his field of study, and the way his tone rises with excitement and descends into an almost reverent hush is very well-suited to the weighty topics he discusses.

This book was one of my first and still one of my very favourite Audible audiobooks, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in history.

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  • Donald E. Campbell
  • 28-11-2012

Awesome

If you could sum up Monarchy in three words, what would they be?

You'll be hooked

Which scene was your favorite?

This is a lot of history and it would be easy to forget who is who. Starkey keeps the players sharp in the memory. I think the book is amazing.

Any additional comments?

Definitely makes me want to learn more about English History.

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  • Kfranz
  • 19-06-2015

A fantastic overview of the British monarchy

Where does Monarchy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A wonderful history of the British monarchy, very comprehensive and detailed. A lot of surprising information on lesser known kings and the stories that go with them

What did you like best about this story?

David Starkey narrating is own book! Having watched the video series, which I enjoyed immensely. I was delighted to find David reading the book. It adds great touch and really ties it all together with his video series.

What does David Starkey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He Oxford accent and his way with words bring a regal touch to the listening experience.

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

I really learned a lot! I do plan on listening to it again, since there is so much to take in.

Any additional comments?

Would love to hear David narrate more of his books! Thank you for the experience.

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  • Imdamama
  • 06-08-2019

The book that got us hooked on Audible!!

We found this book based on a TV series. The narration is great. The pacing is great. Our family learned a lot listening to this book and I wish Dr. Starkey's other Monarchy book were available on Audible. This book doesn't contain a lot of bias and it also doesn't get too deep in the weeds for someone who enjoys history but will never be a history major. Highly recommend!!

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  • Nico Vela
  • 07-06-2019

An interesting book!

An interesting book that travels through Monarchical history from the Wars of the Roses to Victoria. Enlightening and offers a new look on the Monarchy

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  • Tarek
  • 14-06-2017

Outstanding content and narration

Gripping events narrated more like a story than a series of monotonous incidents,and beautifully narrated by Dr David Starky whose voice is engaging and keeps you listening.He needs to narrate all his books as once you've heard him narrate one,no one else will do.

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  • Kate Dickie
  • 02-12-2015

Illuminating

What did you like most about Monarchy?

The decisions made by kings and queens hundreds of years ago still affecting our lives today. It was absolutely fascinating and told in an engaging way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Monarchy?

learning about Henry VII.

Have you listened to any of David Starkey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No - but I would like to!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I listen on my walk to and from work, and I couldn't wait for the next chance I would get to listen!

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This is the first non-fiction book I have listened to, and I absolutely loved it. It was very much an impulse buy, but not one I regret!

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  • Mair
  • 18-02-2010

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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  • El
  • 12-12-2015

Interesting approach to the history of monarchy

What made the experience of listening to Monarchy the most enjoyable?

The angle chosen by the author goes at the core of the issues raised by power: how to get to the top and how to stay there in an ever-changing world by creating and adapting influence, status, image, control ... under the notion of "royal family"
The book is very erudite, filled with pertinent comments, in a clear structure that allows us to keep the thread through centuries of British monarchy.

What does David Starkey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It is a pleasure to hear him read his own book. David Starkey is a very good orator and speaker and it is commendable he did the narration himself.

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

To stay a monarch, you need to reinvent oneself constantly while always giving the impression you are immemorial and imperturbable.

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  • phantom lover
  • 16-11-2012

Mr Starkey does it again.

I always enjoy David Starkeys work regardless of the media its in.Once again he meets my expectations.Highly recommended.

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  • D. Payne
  • 06-03-2018

A royal result!

I am no lover of the monarchy by a long shot, but who could resist a history of some of our most powerful and colourful characters, with all the intrigue, scandals, murder and conspiracy that comes along with being over-privileged and entitled human beings, all told by the passionate and erudite author himself?

There is a lot of information being thrown at you, and I used the skip back button a LOT when realising I'd missed an important detail, so it's not the easiest, or most relaxing listen, but fascinating nonetheless.

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  • Hummingbird
  • 21-10-2017

informative

this was a very succinct narrative which vividly took me back in time.
we'll done

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  • clivep
  • 21-10-2015

You couldn't make it up

ignorant if our own history I felt a need to explore it in a way that would not bore me. This is it!
If it wasn't based on well researched facts the story is one that is hardly believable.
read with such authority by the leading authority I enjoyed it so much that I am going to listen again to commit more to memory.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-2014

A brilliant and addictive listen!

What made the experience of listening to Monarchy the most enjoyable?

The narrative style keeps you spell bound, chapter by chapter.

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The story of the Monarchy in England and subsequently the United Kingdom is incredible. But it takes a great author and historian to deliver the content in such a compelling manner. Many thanks.

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  • Alison
  • 07-12-2014

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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