• The Lion Rampant

  • Birth of the Plantagenets, Book 2
  • By: Blanche d'Alpuget
  • Narrated by: Colin Morgan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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The Lion Rampant

By: Blanche d'Alpuget
Narrated by: Colin Morgan
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The second book in the captivating Birth of the Plantagenets series brings the 12th-century reign of Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, to vivid life.

1154. After years of manipulation and political cunning, young Henry II accedes to the throne of England, with the beautiful and indomitable Eleanor of Aquitaine by his side.

But the kingdom he inherits is an impoverished shambles after the long, troubled reign of Stephen the Usurper. Together, the tempestuous royal couple use their charisma and shrewd diplomacy to restore England's prestige and power, and ensure the future of their mighty dynasty.

In order to replenish the English treasury, Henry appoints Thomas Becket, the unordained Archdeacon of Canterbury, as Chancellor. Becket is no ordinary man: born without rank, he is charming, quick-witted, a masterful intriguer and a lavish dresser with a genius for raising money. Beneath this lies a man seething with ambition, jealousy, treachery and desire.

In a dance of scheming, vengeance and forbidden passions, during one of the most turbulent and compelling periods of English history, Henry, Eleanor and Becket fight for political power and control against forces seen and imagined - each with their own agenda, each determined to hide their own shameful secrets.

©2014 Blanche d'Alpuget (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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The enjoyment continues

I enjoyed listening to the first book and wasn’t disappointed by this second one. I did find myself wondering about some of the cultural aspects portrayed by the actions of the characters and spent some time reading about them.
However, like the first book, the narration made the story. Colin Morgan’s acting/voice skills are phenomenal and carry the listener along like floating down a river.

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Nice historical atmosphere

In this second book we continue to follow the adventures and misadventures of Henry Plantagenet. The rhythm is really nice and Colin Morgan narrates the story majestically performing various voices and acting all the way through. The author is quite good at rendering the atmosphere of this late middle age period, and gives the story one extra gear.
I am now looking forward to read the third and last book of the trilogy.

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Continuation of a wonderful story

I absolutely loved book 1 of this series, and anxiously anticipated the release of this second one - and it definitely was worth the wait! The continuation of the story grabbed me from the beginning and never let go! But for me, even more than the story itself, my love of these books is because of Colin Morgan's narration. His soft Irish lilt makes listening a pleasure, and his exceptional talent with accents, gives the characters such life. I've listened to many different, very good, narrators, but Colin Morgan is by far my favorite. I hope he will be the narrator for book 3, and I will wait anxiously for it's release!

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  • 08-23-23

Great book

The narration is brilliant, the writing is detailed in every way, the plot complex and adds in many other unknown parts (not sure if factual characters) but add great quality to the story telling and to the much known story of the king and becket.

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  • Wencke C. Petersen
  • 10-22-21

super performance

Loved it from start on. awesome Storytelling with historical background and mostly engaged performance and lovely Voice

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  • Susan Ibi Preus
  • 10-06-21

Superb

The story is really well written, interesting, entertaining and captivating. Highly recommend it.
The performance is outstanding, it is just an absolute pleasure to listen to Colin Morgan unfold the characters, providing subtle as well as extravagant voices where needed. Simply amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-21

A good instalment of the 2nd Lion series

A very well written 2nd book, never a dull moment. I find Colin Morgan voiced Beckets so to his character, he has done that beautifully. I enjoyed this book very much shall look forward to the 3rd

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  • emrys
  • 04-24-20

A Great Story.

The book takes a journey through the life, attitudes and politics of the reign of Henry 11. I enjoyed every page, partly because it ventured into aspects I was not expecting. I must admit my knowledge of the relationship between the King and Thomas Becket derived from the film " Becket " and I had always imagined them being very close friends before Thomas was elevated to become Arch Bishop. According to the author it was a much more profound and difficult friendship. I am now going to discover what really went on and forget about the Film's version. In spite of this I must say the book is excellent and very intense in places.
I cannot praise the narrator, Colin Morgan, highly enough. His approach is fresh and delivered in an eminently clear tone, with great variety of voice and panache.

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  • Olly
  • 04-07-20

Exceptional Narration

Every character is brought to life with great skill by the wonderful narrator making this an immensely enjoyable story. Very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

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