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)
A true Masterpiece.
I have no idea why this book has anything less than straight 5 stars. It is a very readable, compulsively addictive, in-depth story of the kings and queens who were the early ruling class: the Plantagenets.
If you want something as a quick beach read, go back to Phillipa Gregory. This is actual history, and amazingly the author does a fantastic job showing both the good and negative sides of each Plantagenet King (and one Queen).
This is historical NONFICTION, people.
I think it's exceptional, and I eagerly look forward to Jones' next book. As for Narrator, he is flawless!! The negative reviews shok me!
If you have a brain and are interested in the Plantagenets (early English kings beginning with Henry I and part of the war of the roses, with the Lancastrians) this is the best treatment of the subject on audible! Hands down!!
This is not light historical reading. It is a masterful, scholarly work filled to the brim with details and research. If you have a voracious appetite for facts and historical anecdotes, this book is for you. Being an audio book, some of the names and places may confuse listeners not familiar with the history of medieval England and France, but it is nonetheless worthy of a listen and will indefinitely prompt the curious to do some research on one's own, outside of the book, in order to further enrich the experience.
Amazing attention to detail. Well-researched, tightly written work.
Clive Chafer reads with such clarity and fluency that one would be hard pressed to find a better reader for a historical work.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
This is one of those great overview books where you get enough of the story to be engaged, but you're also left wanting more. In short, my kind of history book. I love these kinds of launch pads into deeper research. Without a book like this, the in-depth works keep the reader on the outside. A work like this helps a person to do so much more than tread water; it makes history accessible to everyone. This is not my first dip into the Plantagenet history, but it is the first time I've had it delivered cohesively and linearly. What a difference that makes, putting it all into persective! Now I can read these longer stories about Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard I, and so on with a far better understanding of how it all fits together.
Clive Chafer's narration... I have really mixed feelings about. I want so much to give him high marks. The man has an incredibly fantastic voice, the kind of voice you wish you could have so as to impress others. The problem is that his inflection and overall delivery comes across, and I hate to say this, as a parody of a BBC newscaster. Anyone remember those Monty Python skits where Eric Idle would read the news? It's that sort of thing, only with a more authoritative voice and no punchline. His cadence is very similar to this as well, where he's very "radio announcer" instead of being conversational or documentary narrative as it needs to be, and it's repetative. Let me attempt to illustrate this. You remember when your teacher first introduced you to Shakespeare and iambic pentameter, and that rhythm (da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM) was plugged in to stay for the rest of your life? Chafer isn't doing that exactly, but there is a cadence there in regard to his vocal inflection that will make itself known within just a few minutes of listening, and it goes like that to the end of the book. Maybe that's just how I'm hearing it, but if you do pick up this title - and it's well worth your credit to do so - you can judge for yourself and tell me if I'm just way off base. Based on other reviews, it seems I'm in the minority here.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I would. Even though it only goes through Henry IV, it brings such detail to their lives. I loved the understanding it gave me on their lives and reigns. Excellent history.
I loved Eleanor of Aquitane and also John. My husband is related to these two and the story made John more human than any other book I have ever read about him. He really helped the poorer people and it was the wealthy barons who hated him. I think it was a case of the winners re-writing history again.
I don't think so. He has a fine voice and is an excellent narrator for a history of this type.
No, I wanted to savor it and take the kings and queens a little at a time. That way I remember more of their individuality.
I love a great history book and was thrilled with this one. The Plantagenets lived over sized lives on a world stage. Wonderful!
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.
upper middle. I've listened to some exceedingly excellent audiobooks
The fall of prince John. The reality of the Robin Hood legends.
Yes, both were excellent. I would choose his rendition of a title over any others' available
The thrones of conquest and deceit
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!!
I loved this book. It is 20 hours of very intense English History and it is great from every vantage point. If you are watching The White Queen or Braveheart or something similar, you will get the details from this book like no other. A big recommendation.
It is the real Game of Thrones.
I love his voice. He has a great accent and his performance is superb.
I might have wanted to, but there was no way. It is 20 hours long. But, I did listen to it in big chunks over a couple of days. Seriously, I bought it because I am watching The White Queen on television and this is the real story behind it all.
This is a very comprehensive history of a very complicated time in English history. It really will help explain a whole bunch of historical fiction that you might not be totally familiar with.
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.
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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