Comic History of England

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.9 stars; 32 reviews)

Edgar Wilson “Bill” Nye (1850 – 1896) was a distinguished American journalist, who later became widely known as a humorist. Jim “jimmowatt” Mowatt is a distinguished LibriVox volunteer, widely known for his continued devotion both to regularly producing the LibriVox Community Podcast and to regularly creating more and more history audiobooks for the public domain, renowned for his humor and his historically kind demeanor, lately recognized as holding a diploma as well as a mic. In light of that new holding, in celebration of graduation, this bit of history has been recorded with Jim in mind, owing to all that we owe him, glowing with glee that we know him, it’s what we’ve done just to show him that he’s a jolly good fellow. (Summary by Anita and Alan) (2 hr 53 min)


Preface 2:11 Read by Ezwa
Invasion of Caesar: The Discovery of Tin and Subsequent Enlightenment of Britain 8:26 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
The Various Roman Yokes: Their Growth, Degeneration, and Final Elimination 7:05 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
The Advent of the Angles: Causes Which Led to the Rehabilitation of Britain on … 9:13 Read by Catharine Eastman
The Influx of the Danes: Facts Showing Conclusively Their Influence on the Brit… 8:51 Read by Kristin LeMoine
The Troublous Middle Ages: Demonstrating a Short Reign for Those Who Travel at … 8:07 Read by Betsie Bush
The Danish Oligarchy: Disaffections Attending Chronic Usurpation Proclivities 10:32 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Other Disagreeable Claimants: Foreign Foibles Introduced, Only to be Expunged w… 12:04 Read by Gesine
The Norman Conquest: Complex Commingling of Facetious Accord and Implaccable Di… 11:43 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
The Feudal System: Successful Inauguration of Homogeneal Methods for Restrictin… 6:43 Read by Karen Savage
The Age of Chivalry: Light Dissertation on the Knights-Errant, Maids, Fools, Pr… 11:53 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Conquest of Ireland: Uncomfortable Effects Following the Cultivation of an Acqu… 10:05 Read by Sean McGaughey
Magna Charta Introduced: Slight Difficulties Encountered in Overcoming an Unpop… 8:12 Read by Hugh McGuire
Further Disagreements Recorded: Illustrating the Amiability of the Jew and the … 8:35 Read by Rainer
Irritability of the French: Interminable Dissension, Assisted by the Plague, Co… 9:50 Read by Esther
More Sanguinary Triumphs: Onward March of Civilization Graphically Delineated w… 10:48 Read by David Barnes
Unpleasant Caprices of Royalty: Introduction of Printing as a Subsidiary Aid in… 9:06 Read by Cori Samuel
Biography of Richard III: Being an Allegorical Panegyric of the Incontrovertibl… 7:11 Read by Kristin Hughes
Disorder Still the Popular Fad: General Admixture of Pretenders, Religion, Poli… 13:11 Read by Gesine


Fell a little flat.

(3 stars)

I think the book would have been better if it only had one reader. All the readers did very well individually but it was difficult switching to a different reader every chapter. Especially with some chapters only lasting 5 to 10 minutes. Bill Bryson is the closest author I can think of comparing two for the humor. Some tongue and cheek some dry and so forth. unfortunately he perished before the book was completed and I think it would have ended up better obviously if he had been able to finish it and edit it properly.

Humorously Entertaining

(3 stars)

Having enjoyed another audio book by Bill Nye titled A Comic History of the United States I searched for others by Bill and found this one. The subject was very well written, however some of the readers were very hard to understand. That being said, two of them were quite entertaining when they got tickled with what they were reading and laughed out loud.

Rather boring narrative and terrible readers

(2 stars)

Good dry English humour but the narrative gets boring and most readers are terrible: monotonous reading and some of them have noise and laughter in the background or break into laughter themselves.

humorous, though tedious

(3 stars)

A very dry wit is embed throughout a very detailed and tedious history. Fun, but you have to be awake to laugh and not much time is spent on the punchlines.

Well, I liked it, but you really need to know history to get the jokes.

(4 stars)

A series of quick in-jokes for history buffs.


(4 stars)

Very funny especially if you appreciate dry humor.