• History of Portugal

  • A Captivating Guide to Portuguese History from Ancient Times to the Present
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $19.95

Buy for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Did you know modern-day Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is the first European city built with seismic safety in mind?

And there is a very good reason for that! In 1755, Portugal was hit by an earthquake that would measure nine on the future Richter scale.

Portugal, which is located in the Iberian Peninsula, has a rich history that dates to prehistoric times. The first settlers left amazing art behind in the form of rock carvings and rock monoliths. These first peoples never left their country, but were integrated into the many societies that came to Portugal over time. 

Even though Portugal is probably best known for exploring the world during the Age of Discovery, the history of mainland Portugal is rarely described outside of the country. The purpose of this audiobook is to familiarize English speakers with the events and personas that built the Portuguese kingdom, its overseas empire, and the state that Portugal is today.

In this audiobook, you will learn:

  • Who were the first people that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula?
  • What was the early culture and religion of the peninsula?
  • Which civilization first discovered the shores of Portugal?
  • How did trade with the Phoenicians develop the culture of the indigenous people?
  • How did the Carthaginian and Roman wars shape the Iberian Peninsula?
  • Why did the Germanic tribes invade the peninsula?
  • Did the Iberian Peninsula thrive under Islamic rule?
  • Why did the Christian kings of the north launch the Iberian Reconquista?
  • How did Afonso I form the medieval Kingdom of Portugal?
  • How did the House of Avis rise to power and start the golden age of Portugal?
  • Why has Portugal always struggled to preserve its independence?
  • How did the empire end, and how did Portugal become a republic?

Scroll up and click the “add to cart” button to learn all that and more!

©2022 Captivating History (P)2022 Captivating History
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

What listeners say about History of Portugal

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Other part of the Iberian peninsula gets its due

This is a very good overview of Portuguese history and shows the complexity of its rise and fall as a world sea power. I enjoyed the contextualization of the Portugal's political situation in the greater picture of Spanish, Hapsburg, and other empires. I found the intricacies of the time when it was combined with the United Crown and how Portugal had varying degrees of autonomy throughout.

I was very happy to come to know the ancient history and various peoples that made up the cultural and political aspects that came to be the kingdom and country of Portugal.

Colin Fluxman's narration was enjoyable and engaging. (Although the ARC version I reviewed had a section missing - it has been fixed in the updated version).

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

History of Portugal

I had no idea that the history of Portugal was so interesting. The chapter on the Reconquista was very interesting, I highly recommend this book.