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The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England | [Dan Jones]

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

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.
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Publisher's 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 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.

©2012 Daniel Jones (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kaki's Kindle List 06-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "In depth and entertaining..."

    Great narrative of an often overlooked period of history. Really enjoyed the content and narration.

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    Airemail High Springs, Fl United States 05-21-14
    Airemail High Springs, Fl United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Outstanding book for history buffs"
    Would you listen to The Plantagenets again? Why?

    While it would appear to be a dry subject, the author covers the era with style and wit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author gives you facts but without making it feel like you are still in college and gives you tidbits that make each king and queen come to life.


    Have you listened to any of Clive Chafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other performances by Mr. Chafer but his very clear pronunciation and lyrical voice makes the novel go by quickly!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't not stop listening to the book, while very lengthy, it was very enthralling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.N. Clayton 04-17-14 Member Since 2012

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    "First class compelling history of the Plantagenets"
    What would have made The Plantagenets better?

    Another narrator. This is in no way a criticism of the book and the narrative. I found it a superbly written book that brought the characters to life in a most instructive way.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Clive Chafer’s performances?

    No. By comparison your reader, Carole Boyd is superlative. I recently read 'Bertie' and thoroughly enjoyed her performance and as a result, the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. It was ruined for me by the narration. Right from the introduction I found the performance monotonous. Mr. Chafer has a most annoying narration style whereby each pause and sentence, almost without fail, ends on the same downward note. This became so grating that I gave up a quarter of the way through and went out to buy the hard copy to read.


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    John Lyons, OR, United States 11-28-13
    John Lyons, OR, United States 11-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Facinating and well told"
    Where does The Plantagenets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    upper middle. I've listened to some exceedingly excellent audiobooks


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Plantagenets?

    The fall of prince John. The reality of the Robin Hood legends.


    Have you listened to any of Clive Chafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, both were excellent. I would choose his rendition of a title over any others' available


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The thrones of conquest and deceit


    Any additional comments?

    It is tough to keep the players straight when nearly every king is a Henry, Edward, or Richard. The intrigue and double dealing are amazing. The story is well told and you learn a great deal of history without it ever seeming to be a lesson. There is great insight into how England's place in the world developed and how the Plantagenet's influence is still felt in our modern world. I will be looking for a history of the house of Lancaster next!
    Clive Chafer does an excellent job, consistent in tone and meter yet never dull!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Homebound Charlotte, NC, United States 08-20-13
    Homebound Charlotte, NC, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great history!"

    Who said history is dull? This is a great story, well-researched, and superbly told. Nevertheless, I found the reader's voice harsh and annoying, especially after listening for long periods at a time. Do not let this opinion deter you from picking up this book, however, as it is well worth your time.

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    Blaine Rexburg, ID, United States 01-16-14
    Blaine Rexburg, ID, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you like best about The Plantagenets? What did you like least?

    I love history and this time period is not one that I know alot about so I was anxious to learn more. I was disappointed with the seemingly bullet list approach. While I am sure that Mr. Jones is very capable, this book is not very "entertaining" as he said was one of his goals.


    Would you recommend The Plantagenets to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The story is too succinct and the narration is not engaging.


    What didn’t you like about Clive Chafer’s performance?

    Not very engaging.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Pooler, GA, United States 09-27-13
    Karen Pooler, GA, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Should have been better"

    Maybe its the breadth covered; maybe its the speed of which it is covered, but over time it lost my interest.

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    judith Miami, FL, United States 07-09-13
    judith Miami, FL, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great material, but way too much of it..."
    What did you like best about The Plantagenets? What did you like least?

    Well researched


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never got to the ending


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Could you see The Plantagenets being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't hold my interest.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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