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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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    Tex E. 06-18-13
    Tex E. 06-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Exceptional Plantagenet Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just a good read. Great information. Well developed and presented.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a few things that got glossed over, like Edward II but overall it was exceptional.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    stephen 05-06-13
    stephen 05-06-13

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    "Enjoyed, equal of Thomas Costain"
    Would you listen to The Plantagenets again? Why?

    yes, and use as a history


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrator,spoke with english voice, french was wonderful and tranlated the french to english


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Clive Chafer?

    yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I read Thomas Costain's plantagenet , I liked it as well and learn more in reading the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sandy Paradise Valley, Montana 01-18-15
    sandy Paradise Valley, Montana 01-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating and engaging"
    Where does The Plantagenets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 % of history. Dan Jones writes a thoroughly researched and engaging book, well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Clive Chafer’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    So much research was done for this book, it was a grand entertaining education in detail. It was riveting, not pedantic.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Stevenson Houston, TX, USA 01-05-15
    James Stevenson Houston, TX, USA 01-05-15
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    "Easily digestible, but still erudite"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 01-04-15
    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 01-04-15

    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!

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    "This kept my 14 year old listening with me!"

    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!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Fitzgerald GREENSBURG, KY, US 10-17-14
    Kate Fitzgerald GREENSBURG, KY, US 10-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I Loved It!"
    Would you listen to The Plantagenets again? Why?

    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.


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

    This was my first Clive Chafer experience, and I enjoyed his presentation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann MANITO, IL, United States 10-14-14
    Ann MANITO, IL, United States 10-14-14 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Narration can be key"
    What did you like best about The Plantagenets? What did you like least?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's voice was amazing. But EVERY. SENTENCE. Had the same. Exact. Cadence. And. Pitch.


    Was The Plantagenets worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    zein 09-18-14
    zein 09-18-14 Member Since 2013

    I am obsessed with learning. Either about history of society, epidemiology or spirituality. I would say I'm a seeker.

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    "Fantastic: Definate Recommend"
    Where does The Plantagenets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the absolute best


    Which character – as performed by Clive Chafer – was your favorite?

    He did a marvelous job with all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Arnold United States 07-09-14
    Carrie Arnold United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting book but not a great narrator."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    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.


    What three words best describe Clive Chafer’s performance?

    Tedious tedious tedious.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kaki's Kindle List 06-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "In depth and entertaining..."

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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