Crown & Sceptre: 1000 Years of Kings and Queens Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
'This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle.' (William Shakespeare, Richard II)
The British monarchy is the one of the most iconic and enduring institutions in the world. It has weathered the storms of rebellion, revolution and war that brought many of Europe's royal families to an abrupt and bloody end. Its unique survival owes much to the fact that, for all its ancient traditions and protocol, the royal family has proved remarkably responsive to change, evolving to reflect the times. But for much of its history, it also spearheaded seismic change, shaping our religious, political and cultural identity and establishing the British monarchy as the envy of the world.
There has never been a more apposite moment to consider the history of this extraordinary survivor. Within the next decade, there is likely to be a change of monarch, sparking renewed global interest on a scale not seen since Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953. Even the media and popular frenzy evoked by recent royal events such as royal weddings and births will not compare to that generated by the accession of a new king. In the lead up to this pivotal moment in Britain's history, Crown & Sceptre explores the history and evolution of the monarchy from 1066 to the present day, feeding the renewed interest not just in the modern royals but in the predecessors who helped shape the institution into what it is today.
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|Listening Length||20 hours and 16 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.co.uk Release Date||18 November 2021|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 21,859 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
61 in Biographies of Royalty
93 in History of The Norman Conquest & Norman Britain
263 in Great Britain History (Audible Books & Originals)
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For example it described Julius Caesar as being a Roman Emperor when in fact his successor Augustus was the first Roman Emperor a fact which most school children would know and there were other such elementary errors throughout the book.
I also detected a hint of pro monarchy bias in the text which I found rather annoying. I bought this audiobook to gain historical knowledge and did not expect it to be a royalist propaganda piece. I leave that to the BBC News channel.
There are more sophisticated modern books which look at the history of England and its monarchy through the centuries. Most notable in this respect is David Starkey's Crown and Country and Peter Ackroyd's excellent series on the History of Britain which has been released over a number of volumes.