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  • The Plantagenets

  • The Kings Who Made England
  • Written by: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This brilliant new audiobook explores the lives of eight generations of the greatest kings and queens that this country has ever seen, and the worst. The Plantagenets - their story is the story of Britain.

England’s greatest royal dynasty, the Plantagenets, ruled over England through eight generations of kings. Their remarkable reign saw England emerge from the Dark Ages to become a highly organised kingdom that spanned a vast expanse of Europe. Plantagenet rule saw the establishment of laws and creation of artworks, monuments and tombs which survive to this day, and continue to speak of their sophistication, brutality and secrets.

Dan Jones brings you a new vision of this battle-scarred history. From the Crusades to King John’s humbling over Magna Carta and the tragic reign of the last Plantagenet, Richard II, this is a blow-by-blow account of England’s most thrilling age.

©2019 Dan Jones (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Stonking narrative history told with pace, wit and scholarship about the bloody dynasty that produced some of England’s most brilliant, brutal kings." (Observer)

"Colourful and engaging...Jones has produced an absorbing narrative that will help ensure that the Plantagenet story remains stamped on the English imagination." (Sunday Times)

"Action-packed...Filled with fighting, personality clashes, betrayal and bouts of the famous Plantagenet rage." (Daily Telegraph

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Medieval Transformations Explained

Trace the history of the development of English political institutions as illustrated by colorful characters such as Richard the Lionheart and Edward Longshanks. Narration by the author adds a great personal touch!

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Brilliantly curated

Excellently chronicled historical story telling. I'll definitely be listening to it again. I found myself seeking out opportunities to listen at home.

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Dissapointing

Very interesting subject matter but not a great presentation. I couldn't make it through the whole book which is unusual for me. I tried really hard to get through it but it didn't hold my attention enough to see it through.

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A Well-Read Gloss

Dan Jones, as both author and narrator, is clearly a TV presenter first and a historian second. Excellent presentation redeems a history which attempts to cover far too much too quickly, with the outcome a shallow gloss of the Plantagenet dynasty. It is given a little too much to salacious quotations and too little to deep analysis, even if the most basic questions, not least of which is whether the mere fact of continuous lineage is sufficient grounds to consider Plantagenet rule in England as a historic period. Fine for a casual listen, but a serious student of English history will want to seem out more thorough work with more precise focus.

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Wonderful

Addictively good. Beautifully read, wonderfully written history. Entertaining and fresh. Listening to it on walks made the time fly by.

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Very good overview

Very good and engaging summary of the rule of the Plantagenets without getting too bogged down. Added Dan Jones’ other works to my wishlist

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Far better then a text book

I have read and listened to many boring, dry and overly technical history books, but this is nothing like those. This work is entertaining without glossing over the historical truths or making changes for dramatic effect. Dan Jones reads to us in conversational English without dumbing the language down and makes the reader actually enjoy learning about this period. I highly recommend viewing his 4 part documentary on the Plantagenets (down through Timeline) to see these larger then life figures in action.

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I really enjoy Dan Jones' history books.

Dan Jones does a great job of making history come alive in audio format, as well as occasionally bringing a wry sense of humour to the events he's describing that I appreciate. If you ever read this Dan, I think you've written some fantastic books, and you've done a fantastic job reading them!

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  • 2019-05-17

Plantagenet Powerhouse

A great listen on my favorite English monarch dynasty! Great job Dan Jones! Thank you!!!