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During the 229-year period from 1485 to 1714, England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called "the first modern society" and emerged as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world.

Those years hold a huge and captivating story. The English survived repeated epidemics and famines, one failed invasion and two successful ones, two civil wars, a series of violent religious reformations and counter-reformations, and confrontations with two of the most powerful monarchs on Earth, Louis XIV of France and Philip II of Spain. But they did much more than survive. They produced a great culture, giving the world the ideas of John Locke, the plays of Shakespeare, the wit of Swift, the poetry of Milton, the buildings of Christopher Wren, the science of Isaac Newton, and the King James Bible, to name a very few. And, despite the cruelty, bloodshed, and religious suppression they visited upon so many, they ultimately left behind something else: the political principles and ideals for which we-and so many of them – would work and die, and on which we would build our own nation.

Now you can watch this remarkable panorama of society, economics, religion, and politics unfold in a series of 48 transfixing lectures by a justifiably honored teacher who takes you into the lives of not only Britain's ruling royal houses, but the English people themselves, describing how they were born, worked, played, worshiped, fell in love, and died.

Cinematic in their presentation and detail – whether describing the likely thoughts of Charles I on the way to his execution or the overheard weeping of Queen Anne after she fired her Lord Treasurer – these lectures are as memorable as the history they describe.

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  • Global
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  • E. Stein
  • 26/02/2014

Old-fashioned and inaccurate

Bucholz has written some respected texts, but in this series he has relied on outdated research. His lectures on Henry VII and Henry VIII are sound enough, but by the time he got to Edward VI it was clear he had read no recent historical writing; he repeated the myth that Edward was weakly from birth, that Northumberland had conspired to put his son and daughter in law on the throne, and a number of other inaccuracies. Finally I had to stop listening. There are better books out there: David Loades' books on each of the Tudor monarchs are excellent, readable, and well-researched, Diarmuid MacCulloch wrote a good one on Edward, Dale Hoak's Age of Henry VIII is both interesting and easy to listen to.

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  • JKR
  • 29/10/2016

A fantastic storyteller of a fantastic story

A must listen for anyone that is interested in history. It is very well presented and has enough depth. I've learnt a huge amount from this series and now have a desire to learn a lot more about the period.

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  • PrincessKaitlyn23
  • 24/10/2016

Engaging & thorough review of Tudor-Stuart Britain

I have really enjoyed this lecture series! The level of detail would make it easy for anyone to understand, not just those with a background in history. I love that he focuses on social history, as this was an aspect not often reviewed in my studies but is the part of history I enjoy most. I especially enjoyed that he spent time reviewing the lives of the lower social classes and what every day life would have been like during this time period!

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  • Betsy
  • 20/01/2014

Interesting

I thought this was a great overview of an interesting period. The only "critique" I have is that it was a bit of a slow start. The professor sort of glossed over Henry VII, in my opinion. But after that he was consistently enjoyable and engaging. And does a great balance of the big events of history and some social, political and economic history

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  • Jay
  • 27/08/2013

Better than any fiction

I listen to history fiction books for fun and entertainment. This true history course was as good or better than any books I have on this subject. Narrator is excellent!

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  • Edward
  • 11/08/2013

Easy listen

What did you love best about A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts?

I found the series and lecturer excelling at being able to bring a long and intertwined structure into a great narrative

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

Yep, i kept coming back to a long but very engaging read

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  • gerry
  • 14/12/2013

I don't usually give 5's

As a Canadian I thought we would be taught about the history of our colonial masters, but somehow I slipped well into middle age without learning any of this fascinating info. The professor delivers it in a passionate and compelling manner that makes the 48 hrs fly by.
It is hard to critique the factual nature of the subject, but the analysis of the competing social forces made me wish I read this type of insight in our common social fabric years ago. It does shed light on how the political system works even today. I just wish he was able to explain more about Canada during that time. This is my 2nd learning company lecture and I hope to buy more.

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  • lattetown
  • 28/12/2014

History-lite according to Braveheart

What disappointed you about A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts?

Unlike "The Great Courses" Medievil History of England lectures, this series is poor—it is a self promoting series by Rovert Bucholz that doesn't back up most of his views with archeology and primary texts—instead he does melodramatic readings of Shakespeare, hearsay, gossip, and movie quotes.

What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

His voice—he tries to convince you through raising his voices into an affected form of rhetoric instead of calmly presenting opposing views. He talks about the lecture its self as if were a primary source and makes leaps of logic.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Robert Bucholz?

Jennifer Paxton who did The Story of Medieval England

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disbelief—I'm sure which parts are true and which parts are not. I'll need to find a more balanced book about the Tudors and the Stuarts.

Any additional comments?

It's lectures series like this that cause people to study science and give up on the humanities.

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  • RNR 77
  • 16/02/2017

Few could be more passionate and knowledgeable!

I found myself several times during this course thinking how fortunate I was to be spending this time with Professor Bucholz. He takes plenty of time to describe what was going on in the life of the average Englishman or woman's life, so you get that perspective along the way. But the stories of the monarchs....their accomplishments and their oh so many foibles, are sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always entertaining.

I feel like I just wrapped an actual college course!

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  • Jim
  • 06/01/2017

Amazing. Detailed and immersive.

It was worth every single minute.

Clearly read. Well produced.

Professor Bucholz knows the subject AND can teach it as well.

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