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Richard Burton narrates the second volume of this famous dramatic chronicle of the English Crown, a treasure of the BBC radio archive published in audiobook for the very first time.

Vivat Rex is the landmark drama series first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977. Over the course of 26 instalments, each one narrated by Richard Burton with a full cast, the fortunes of the English Crown are followed through 225 years of British history, from Edward II’s accession in 1307 to the birth of Elizabeth I.

Each drama is adapted by Martin Jenkins from the works of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and their Elizabethan contemporaries.This second volume features the final 13 instalments, beginning with Martin Jarvis as Henry V and concluding with the birth of Elizabeth I. Vivat Rex includes a stirring musical score by Christopher Whelen.

©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • 05-08-16

Very good

This is an excellent BBC radio series. The stories are good, and the casting is excellent.

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  • Rufus
  • 10-24-16

A 'must listen to' download.

This, along with volume one, make more than 24 hours of the best history. It covers 200 years ending with the birth of Elizabeth I ( no that isn't a spoiler...after all, it is history).

Well written, well cast and well presented all round.

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  • joan womersley
  • 07-22-22

brilliant

l loved this production especially Marlow 's Edward the Second and Richard Burton 's narration.

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  • Jonathan D Scott
  • 10-12-16

All the kings

It's good in places and has plenty of classic moments but Oh god the the thespian navel gazing and camp performances. Definatly of its time.

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  • 03-09-22

Highly recommend this title

An epic recording. Spectacular cast, full of magnificent voices and emotions. A perfect sequel to the first volume. I cannot recommend it highly enough.