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The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

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Clive Chafer

20 Hours 53 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

April 2013


Audio Book Summary

The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to grant the Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights. This is the era of chivalry, Robin Hood, and the Knights Templar, the era of the Black Death, the Black Prince, the founding of Parliament, and the Hundred Years' War.

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  • Anonymous

    Wow. After finishing this book I wanted to start it all over again just to spend more time with the jaw-dropping, fiery “cast” of Plantagenets, so vividly returned to life by Dan Jones. This is historical storytelling at its most exciting. The narrator was the only slight detraction to the audiobook. Mostly he was okay - a tad monotonous - but there was absolutely no need for him to raise his voice to a higher, artificial tone whenever he was delivering a quote from a medieval chronicler. It takes a bit of getting used to at first, but then the stories get so good that it’s easy to ignore everything but what the historical characters are up to. The sequel, Hollow Crown, is even better and there the audiobook narrator is crazy brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Good look into Elglish kingship and how it developed

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  • nab6215

    "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" by Dan Jones is thorough. A prior knowledge of geography and European history is helpful because this book has a narrow beam focused on the monarchy. The epilogue was superb and will help me keep the era of the Plantagenets in my memory.

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  • Becca Eller

    I love Dan Jones! He write beautiful narrative style history that drops you right in the middle of all the action

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  • Paul A. Tunick, MD

    Admittedly, I have Multiple Sclerodis, withc ogintive dysfunction, (that'e why I'm listenning to wudiobookes instesd of reaging, but I found this book to be cery sonvusing, and full of foo many details. I coldn't folllow it. Sorry Paul A. Tunick, MD, FACC ?rovessor of Medicine (retired) NYU School of medicine

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  • Ami Johnson

    Fantastic book that is well researched. I read the book before trying it on audio and its a good thing I did because this narrator is the worst! He sounds like a parody of a BBC newscaster. His inflection is absolutely the same no matter what is going on. He drones on about how much money Richard I raised for his Crusade as he did when discussing the murder of Thomas Becket. He drones on with zero emotion, quite simply saying the words on the page. Thank goodness they changed narrators for Dan Browns companion to this book, The Wars of the Roses (or The Hollow Crown for those in the UK).

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  • Arihana Vargas

    I had very high hopes for this book but it read like a list of boring facts (which in reality these facts were fascinating). There was no storytelling. I'll try the sequel and see if it's any better.

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