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  • The Siege of Loyalty House

  • A New History of the English Civil War
  • By: Jessie Childs
  • Narrated by: Miranda Raison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Summary

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The Civil War was the most traumatic conflict in British history, pitting friends and family members against each other and tearing down the old order.

Award-winning historian Jessie Childs plunges the listener into the shock of the struggle through one of its most dramatic episodes: the siege of Basing House. To the parliamentarian Roundheads, the Hampshire mansion was a bastion of royalism, popery and excess. Its owner was both a Catholic and staunch supporter of Charles I. His motto Love Loyalty was etched into the windows. He refused all terms of surrender.

As royalist strongholds crumbled, Loyalty House, as it became known, stood firm. Over two years, the men, women and children inside were battered, bombarded, starved and gassed. Their resistance became legendary. Inigo Jones designed the fortifications and the women hurled bricks from the roof. But in October 1645, Oliver Cromwell rolled in the heavy guns and the defenders prepared for a last stand.

Drawing on exciting new sources, Childs uncovers the face of the war through a cast of unforgettable characters: the fanatical Puritan preacher who returns from Salem to take on the king, the plant-hunting apothecary who learns to kill as well as heal, the London merchant and colonist who clashes with Basing's aristocratic lord and Cromwell himself who feels the hand of God on his sword. And we hear, too, the voices of dozens of ordinary men and women caught in the crossfire.

The Siege of Loyalty House is a thrilling tale of war and peace, terror and faith, friendship and betrayal—and of a world turned upside down.

©2022 Jessie Childs (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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Excellent book but performance poor

This is a beautifully written, well-researched book but I had to give up listening as the performance was so poor, No emotion in the stilted narration. Such a shame,

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wonderful, exciting and very moving.

I have had the pleasure of re enacting with the Marquess of Winchesters Regiment at Basing , This has really enhanced my experiences there. Recently we welcomed back a member of the Paulet family to their ancestral literally, a pile. The King and the Cause , Aimez loyaute !

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Dreadful Narrator, I gave up.

This is undoubtedly a very good book. Jessie Childs is a great researcher and very engaging writer but the narration was SO poor that I couldn’t stand it, I gave up. She drones on and on, without ever apparently thinking about what she’s reading, just reads it out like a particularly tedious phone book.

Shame really as she has a nice voice but it’s read with no intelligence whatsoever and some VERY weird pronunciations, I mean jarringly odd. I hope that it is re-narrated at some point because this book is something I was really looking forward to and my review in no way should reflect on the book which is probably wonderful.

Please Audible, get this re-done, this woman is shocking and does the author no justice at all. She just drones continuously and adds in occasional accents (which are awful, the American one is just peculiar!)

I literally found it impossible to follow and she pays no attention to anything she’s reading, just reads like she’s reading the speaking clock or something equally uninteresting.

It’s a real shame and, I say again, this review in no way reflects on the quality of the book.

I hope it will be redone. And soon.

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A history you’ve heard, but from a different perspective

A familiar story, but from a different perspective. The brutality of war may not be for everyone, but the horrors are often overlooked, when taught. An ugly period in British (English?) history and one that should not be repeated. Excellent

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A fascinating history lesson

This book was beautifully narrated and gave suchan insight into some of the characters involved in this most important and overlooked period of the history of this country

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Wonderful Take on Civil War

Beautifully written - bringing alive wonderful characters on both sides of the divide. And read with great art and poignancy.

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Captivating, poetic and moving

I absolutely loved this book. I was captivated from the start and at times deeply moved. Her writing is poetic, accessible, and deeply humane. The narration was beautiful. Just perfect. One of the best I’ve listened to.

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Fascinating and Absorbing. Love the book!

As a local to Basing House I have been fascinated by its grand history and subsequent destruction for some time now. I always knew there could be a fascinating book in it and Jessie Childs has most certainly delivered. Comprehensive, meticulously researched and utterly absorbing. I also plan to buy a hard copy version of the book too for extra reference. Highly recommended 👌