Henry V is regarded as the great English hero. With his victory at Agincourt and his rigorous application of justice, he was elevated by Shakespeare into a champion of English nationalism. But does he deserve to be thought of as 'the greatest man who ever ruled England?' Here Ian Mortimer portrays the dramatic events of 1415, offering the fullest, most precise and least romanticised view we have of Henry and what he did.
|Narrator||James Cameron Stewart|
|Publisher||Clipper Audio; 2019|
THE FEARS OF HENRY IV
King Henry IV survived at least eight plots to dethrone or kill him in the first six years of his reign. Such threats transformed him from hero to murderer, prepared to go to any lengths to save his family and throne. Against all the odds, however, he took a poorly ruled nation, established a new Lancastrian dynasty, and introduced the principle that a king must act in accordance with parliament.
THE PERFECT KING: THE LIFE OF EDWARD III
King Edward III’s life is one of the most extraordinary in all English history. He ordered his uncle to be beheaded, he usurped his father’s throne, and started a war which lasted for more than a hundred years. Dr Ian Mortimer unveils that behind the strong warrior king was a compassionate, conscientious and often merciful man - resolute yet devoted to his wife, friends and family, and the father of both the English nation and the English people.
THE TIME TRAVELLER'S GUIDE TO ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND
What was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would that glory sit alongside the vagrants, diseases, violence, sexism and famine of the time? Ian Mortimer answers the key questions that a visitor to late sixteenth-century England would ask.
THE TIME TRAVELLER'S GUIDE TO RESTORATION BRITAIN
If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. It’s the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, the libertine court of Charles II, Christopher Wren, Henry Purcell and Isaac Newton. Ian Mortimer answers the crucial questions that a prospective traveller to seventeenth-century Britain would ask.