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The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

By: Jennifer Paxton,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
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These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative - occasionally interrupted for lecture-long explorations of specific topics - you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation. And because so much of history is driven by specific individuals and not just historical circumstance, each lecture is rich in intimate portraits that reveal those individuals at the key moments of their historical destiny, including Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and John Wycliffe.The result is a lecture series that winds up being not only informative but deeply entertaining, with each lecture drawing you in with its own particular fascinations, including a probing look at the scope of the Black Death, a realistic examination of the legends of both King Arthur and Robin Hood, a riveting description of the Battle of Bosworth Field, and a discussion of the surprisingly nuanced penalties of the early Germanic law codes.

These lectures consistently deliver a fresh level of understanding about medieval England, its rulers and subjects, and their significance for the world we live in today. The chain of theme and event that links our world to theirs will never be clearer, rewarding every moment you spend with this series.

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outstanding.

i really enjoyed the series. it was well presented and full of historical intrigue. the main storyline was well presented with interesting digressions to discuss everyday life. the lecturer was engaging throughout.

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Mostly Excellent

Good narration and for much of the time the audiobook is interesting and entertaining. Too many times the lecturer says, "Now this is interesting but I won't go into it." If you wont explain the issue/story don't bring it up.

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Excellent story and narration

Jennifer Paxton is well spoken and articulate and makes an interesting history enjoyable to listen to and easy to understand and follow. Definitely recommend.

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Good account of Medieval England

Great walk-through the rise of the British Empire, with a good coverage of the general population dispersed amongst a discussion of the monarchy and nobility. Worth several listens to get the genealogy of the ruling lineage straight. It was useful to get the many different battles and conflicts of the time described in chronological order, with explanations about their causes.

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Fascinating!

This course has been amazing. Full of information and delivered with enthusiasm and humour; I loved it!

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Very enjoyable and easy to listen to.

This was very easy to listen to and follow. I was very happy with it.

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Let down by the narrator

I desperately wanted to enjoy this recording. Unfortunately the shrill voice of this narration prevented me from listening for more than 10 minutes.

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Brilliant

Professor Paxton is a good narrator and combines that with excellent subject knowledge to deliver a fantastic series of lectures.

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very interesting

very interesting, unfortunately the lecturer came across bias and she made a couple of obvious mistakes that she shouldn't have. but nevertheless was an interesting listen

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Can't get enough.

I couldn't get enough of this book. A most amazing listen. I never thought I'd be so enthralled.

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