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 sign 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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"Dan Jones’ The Plantagenets is outstanding. Majestic in its sweep, compelling in its storytelling, this is narrative history at its best. A thrilling dynastic history of royal intrigues, violent skullduggery, and brutal warfare across two centuries of British history." (Simon Sebag Montefiore, New York Times best-selling author)
"The Plantagenets played a defining part in shaping the nation of England, and Dan Jones tells their fascinating story with wit, verve, and vivid insight. This is exhilarating history - a fresh and gloriously compelling portrait of a brilliant, brutal, and bloody-minded dynasty." (Helen Castor, prize-winning author of She-Wolves)
"This is history at its most epic and thrilling. I would defy anyone not to be right royally entertained by it." (Tom Holland, prize-winning author)
Just a good read. Great information. Well developed and presented.
He broke down different periods of Plantagenet rule that have been covered extensively before, with a perspective and clarity that is refreshing.The period with Stephen and Matilda was particularly good.
There were a few things that got glossed over, like Edward II but overall it was exceptional.
yes, and use as a history
Narrator,spoke with english voice, french was wonderful and tranlated the french to english
I read Thomas Costain's plantagenet , I liked it as well and learn more in reading the book.
Top 10 % of history. Dan Jones writes a thoroughly researched and engaging book, well done.
Since I discovered "Wolf Hall", my most favored book, I have been reading the history of England, Ireland and Scotland and the monarchies. I was very weak in this area of history and now find it absolutely absorbing; The fascinating lives kings and queens, the rule of law and the development of government.
I liked the narrator Clive Chafer's voice. He has a unique, deep voice. A great choice for this book. It is fast paced.
I also listened to the second book, "War of the Roses", by Dan Jones, and was disappointed that book, though well done, was narrated by someone else.
So much research was done for this book, it was a grand entertaining education in detail. It was riveting, not pedantic.
I highly recommend this book and this author if you are interested in history. I will probably read it again at a later date and I will read anything Dan Jones writes in the future.
Well written history of a fascinating period. And Clive Chafer is superb as usual. Good balance of detail and pacing, giving an excellent introduction if you're keen to delve deeper.
I'm a busy stay at home Mom, with an adolescent "special needs" kiddo & my husband with MS. I love gardening, cooking, reading, and hand crafts. Being able to listen to a book while I'm doing other things (including dreadful things like housekeeping) is heavenly!
I love history and Dan Jones has written this book so masterfully that my daughter stayed beside me to listen too.
The narrator, Clive Chaffer, used his voice in different ways to present the author's words (one tone to present the narrative, another for source quotations, etc).
Now onto "War of the Roses!"
I bought both the kindle and the audible yesterday and could not put it down. Twenty-four hours later, I am ready to listen/read it again, spending more thinking time on particular chapters.
This was my first Clive Chafer experience, and I enjoyed his presentation.
Bibliophile, nature nut, Kuk Sool Won student, physical therapist, and spaz. I love stories, learning new things, laughing and stretching my heart, mind and body.
I know nothing about this period. It was a good introduction. I do wish the author had been able to weave together more than one storyline; he kept going back and forth in time. If it is a narrative history, please just tell the story.
The narrator's voice was amazing. But EVERY. SENTENCE. Had the same. Exact. Cadence. And. Pitch.
I am obsessed with learning. Either about history of society, epidemiology or spirituality. I would say I'm a seeker.
one of the absolute best
He did a marvelous job with all of them.
The best account of a dynasty I have ever come across. He really made this family and their history human, in real time, tangible and multidimensional. This is the very definition of bringing history to life. This was a never ending waterfall of knowledge that was never stale or hard to get through. I would recommend to everyone, even people who have struggled with history. The drama in this real families history was WAY better than any reality TV show. Great read!
No not if they were a sighted person and could read the print edition.
If I ever decide to read this book again I will definitely opt to listen to it being read by the screen reader on my Kindle.
While I did learn a lot of interesting facts that I did not previously know, I can't say that there was one real stand out moment for me in this book.
Tedious tedious tedious.
I don't mean to keep picking on the poor narrator, but no because of the narration it definitely was not.
The subject matter was interesting and I should have been able to finish the book within a matter of 2 to 3 days but I had to force myself to finish this one.
If this is a period in history that you are interested in then I do believe that this book is worth checking out.
The author did a very good job of laying out all of the information and keeping the book interesting.
However, I would recommend reading this book rather than listening to it.
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