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The New World

(A History of the English-Speaking Peoples #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  900 ratings  ·  66 reviews
In Volume 2 of Winston Churchill’s epic four-volume account of British history, he details the turbulent period of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries—taking us from the dramatic clashes of the powerful Tudor and Stuart families through the growth of monarchic power, the Protestant Reformation, England’s Civil War, and the discovery of the Americas.

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Published 1963 by Bantam Books (first published 1956)
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Ray Campbell
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The saga continues in this second volume of A History of the English Speaking People. In this book we go from the rise of the Tudors to the rise of the American Colonies and the Restoration of the monarchy. It is fascinating to see the development of rights and the evolution of the common man taking powers bit by bit over the centuries.

Churchill is clearly writing with the perspective of a leader who has seen the worst of what dictators can be. I've read other accounts of this period which aggra
While many have found fault with his historical method, and others have critiqued his idiosyncrasies, Time itself will — I believe — prove the truth in the spirit of Winston's writing if not in the letter. For all his faults, I love him! Although his bust no longer adorns the Oval Office, my four volume set of Winnie's History of the English Speaking Peoples shall continue to adorn my bookshelves and be referred to whenever the subject of British history comes up. Sadly, I have never read them c ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Volume II proceeds more slowly and deliberately than Volume I, covering fewer regimes in a greater number of pages. Henry VIII breaks with the Catholic Church, Richard II is a swine, and then Charles I tries to get the king’s mojo back, but his reign devolves into 12 years of “Personal Rule” and a dissolved Parliament, which then brings on Cromwell and the Roundheads, and the first standing commoner-officered army who end up reeking Puritan havoc on the land, and when finally the dust settles an ...more
Cherif Jazra
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very engaging book I highly recommend. It was my first, delving into the intricate threads shaping English rule in the 16 and 17th century. The focus of this volume is mostly on the kings and queen and their interactions with the House of Commons and lords, with which they often fought. From the start of the Stuart monarchy with Henry VII, the break wth Rome over the divorce of Henry VIII with Catherine in order to marry Ann Boleyn(which he later got rid of), the rules of queen Elizabe ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pleasure to listen to. The narrator is very competent, and manages to interpret the text with wit and meaning. The information in it is very extensive, and very well presented and balanced. Even though it comprised periods of history which I don't know much of, I was able to follow the main events and personages and learn a lot from it. Churchill's phrasing and writing is superb. There are various parts in which he seems to speak to the reader, in which he puts asides about curre ...more
Andrea Zuvich
A very good and relatively brief overview of the time from Henry VIII to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Some (not much) historical information contained herein is, granted, generally out-of-date now (due to more research having been done since the publication of the book) but on the whole, this book was well-written, interesting, and informative.
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm fairly convinced that from 1457 till 1688, Wales did not exist.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stretching from the reign of Henry VII to William III of Orange, Churchill's coverage of the time period spanning the revolt against the Catholic Church, the rise of the Protestants, the intertwining of the British and Dutch fates - and even at times appearences of his own ancestors among events - is once more an excellent read.

The series in and of itself is not an in-depth history, it simply couldn't have been in order to cover the timescale in a reasonable manner for Churchill, who was interru
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This volumes covers The Tudor Dynasty, sorting out the mess of Henry VIII and the church. There is considerable coverage of the religious issues of the day. The Cardinal Wolsey episodes, the break with Rome, Martin Luther's impact in the world leading to the reformation. England's clash with Spain in the Spanish Armada, the beginning of the new frontiers in America as the Mayflower sets sail. The final quarter of the book deals with the English civil war, the Cromwell era, and as the political p ...more
This second volume of Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples was fantastic. I love the way Churchill writes, and I think for these historical works, he mixes in just the right amount of information with his personal touch and opinions. I think he is biased toward the greatness of England (in his mind), but I find this gives more character to the books. This volume covered the Tudors and the Stuarts and filled in some gaps in my knowledge (particularly with the Stuarts). Looking forw ...more
Curtis Bentley
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Other reviews have summer up the content. The Tudors through 1688, with a dash of America thrown in. You either love Churchill's narrative historical style, or you hate it. I enjoy it. This is all new to me, and I'm learning a lot. The series is highly recommended, especially for Americans looking for a high level overview of English history.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as compelling as volume 1. So many names of minor historical figures that only a student of English history could put them in perspective.
The constant warring over royal succession and religious controversies make it clear why our founding fathers created our government structure the way they did.

James Richardson
I just read The New Word A History of the English Speaking Peoples Volume 2 by Winston Spencer Churchill. Great book highlightening the reigns of the Tudors and Stuarts, often turbulent, and the Protestant Reformation's impact on England. The English Civil War and colonization is also stressed. A fine book. I especially liked the information provided on Oliver Cromwell.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, high level view of the history of the English speaking world as seen by the great Sir Winston Churchill. Covers the Tudors and the Stuarts. Perhaps most amusing is the brief mention of the author's eponymous predecessor.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As good as the first volume. For me it’s a wonderful enlightening overview of English history. I especially liked the part on the Tudor dynasty. Ends just before Wm. and Mary take over.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, erudite account of British history by a remarkable statesman and gifted writer!
Frank Ashe
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Churchill could write so well. That's what gives this 5 stars.
Liza May
Bit more tedious than Volume I, but fantastic; and narration for the audible version is excellent.
Todd Stockslager
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Review title: A history of the rulers of the English speaking peoples, you mean

In Volume Two of Churchill's classic, the weight of historical documentation starts to tell on the ability of a narrative history like this to encompass its scope, such that even with a much narrowed focus (covering just two centuries) Churchill is also forced to narrow his scope even further, to basically a history of the rulers; even Shakespeare fails to earn a mention in the index and the text. As modern readers, w
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winston Churchill was without doubt the greatest man to live in the 2nd millennium A.D. When the whole world was either neutral, allied with or dominated by Nazi Germany, only England stood against it. England was ready to fight but needed someone to provide the leadership and Churchill, the right man and the right time, provided it. It could so easily have gone the other way. Churchill, the son of and English father and American mother was all English but always believed that those nations whic ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written. I’ve read quite a bit but every other page contained a new word that I had to check up. But language used was ideal for the subject matter.
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shortly before the eruption of the Second World War, Winston Churchill was busy at work authoring a history of the English and American people, of which this is volume II. Although one might think The New World is set in North America, the new world here is one of political culture, not geography. To be sure, this volume is set in in the Age of Discovery, and there is a section on the first few English colonies...but this work's primary focus is charting the transformation of England from a stro ...more
Tony Cavicchi
Winston Churchill, in his classic energetic yet understandable prose, narrates the history of Britain from the ascension of Henry Tudor at the end of the Wars of the Roses to the crowning of William of Orange in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. This book in his history covers the evolution of Parliament into what we know today--the supreme authority in the British Constitution. This book should be the first resource for anyone seeking to understand the personalities, causes, and effects of the E ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was written by Winston Churchill the famous war leader and politician and he actually won the Nobel prize for literature for this series of four volumes of English history.

I read this because my knowledge of English history is surprisingly full of holes. Instead of Learning from start to finish we learnt the highlights and hopped over loads of stuff. For instance Charles I got his head cut off and then it was fast forward t the restoration and then suddenly the American war of independ
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this series when I was in high school but I'd forgotten nearly everything. This was a good volume to start with, for me at least, as it covers the period of British history about which I know the least - the 16th and 17th century. If I'd read this in undergrad before I had my course on Restoration lit it would have helped; as it is, I was reminded of: Roundheads, Cavaliers, the beheading of Charles I, the English invasion of North America, and why the Irish really, really loathe Cromwell. ...more
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very, very good. This second volume covers quite a bit less (in terms of time as well as in page numbers) than the first, and Churchill is both better and worse in terms of writing and mood. Churchill gets deeper into both the politics between King and Parliament (which was fascinating) and the twisting and turning of generals and admirals in war (which I have never found interesting). One thing I did appreciate was that, no matter who he was writing about, Churchill found something good to say. ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of four volumes in Churchill's (thus far) lively and interesting history. His very strong sympathies and prejudices were even more apparent in this volume than the first (especially when he was talking about Cromwell or the Scots), but I tend to like that kind of unapologetic, honest bias, even when it's not the slant that I would personally take; at least you can be sure of where the author stands, without having to spend most of the book trying to figure it out. For all that I did d ...more
Sally Ewan
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dempsey and I finished this book today. It covers English history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from Henry VIII through Cromwell and ending with the Glorious Revolution of 1688. My main problem with these books is that Churchill assumes a lot of familiarity with the topic on the reader's part, so the less informed of us have a hard time following some things.

This book saw the Appearance of the Churchills, which was at once charming and obnoxious. He mentioned his forebearers when
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a very interesting history that I will likely read again to help myself remember much of the detail better. It covers 200 years of history, from 1485 to the 1680s. The writing is information dense, so keeping the people straight and their allegiances is difficult. The writing is engaging, but I sometimes get the feeling that there are aspects of what is going on that I do not understand as well as I should because I lack much background in understanding the current system of g ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Churchill continues his magnificent history in this volume covering the end of the Wars of the Roses with the founding of the Tudor dynasty up to and including the Glorious Revolution.

Churchill's use of language is astounding as he is able to draw the reader into the various scenes with portrayals of various personages that stay with one even over dozens of pages. I for one am always moved by Churchill's account of the English Civil War culminating in the regicide of Charles I.

This is quite a pa
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