• The Plantagenets

  • People & Places
  • By: iMinds
  • Narrated by: Ellouise Rothwell
  • Length: 8 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (133 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Learn about The Plantagenets with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.The House of Plantagenet was a royal house of 15 monarchs who ruled England from 1154-1485.

The Plantagenets originally came from France, where they ruled a county called Anjou. They were a strange and powerful family, complex and prone to insanity. Their founder, Count Fulk III (known as “The Black”), had his wife burned at the stake in her wedding dress when he discovered she was sleeping with a goatherd. His great grandson, Geoffrey V gave the dynasty its name. The word Plantagenet comes from the name of a flower: plante genêt in French, or “common broom”. Geoffrey V was said to have worn a sprig of the golden flower in his battle helmet.

Geoffrey married the Empress Matilda, daughter of Henry I of England, and their son, Henry II, became king on 19 December 1154, after a brief civil war known as “The Anarchy”.

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  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

Critic Reviews

"I'm learning all sorts of stuff about stuff I didn't even know I didn't know. And it sticks. In a nutshell: wonderful." (Jonathon Margolis, Financial Times)

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Major error

This stated that Richard did not have any skeletal deformity. Not true. His skeleton was discovered in the last century with what is referred to as a “Dowager’s Hump.” It’s a more “modern” term for hunchback.

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Skip the background noise and I will consider your book again. I like the voice

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High-school book report.

Poorly, written, researched and presented.I wish I had the time back! oh well, I'll know better next time....

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The Plantagenets

Very short but well written and concise! Gives a very brief overview of the Plantagenet kings of England.

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I love Plantagenet/Tudor history and the narrator's performance was great. Needed more story though.

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Really informative!

Lots of information packed into 8 minutes. I wish there were more audiobooks like this.

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cool blurbs!

very nice - learned some obscure historical & modern day facts - let's have some more like this

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French and English House of Crazies

This is one of the more interesting and offbeat iMinds listens. In eight short minutes I learned a lot! The Plantagenets, originally ruling a county in France called Anjou, became a royal house of 15 monarchs who ruled England from 1154-1485. They were prone to insanity, evidenced by Count Fulk III (The Black) having his wife burned at the stake in her wedding dress after learning she had slept with a herd of goats. 🙄 Six of the eight of England's King Henry's were Plantagenets, coming to rule during the time period of 1154-1485, one of which whom was only nine or ten years old when he became king (Henry III).

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Brief! Fine

If you want a detailed nuanced take, you have other options. This is an overview.

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I bought this before I could see the length, and hoped it would be an indepth history of the Plantagenet family. It's a mediocre review of highlights at best.

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Too short

Well presented and interesting but just over 8 mins isn’t long enough and felt there was more that could have been covered.

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  • 12-28-21

This is not a book

This is just a short intro to a proper book. Would not have bought it.

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  • 12-04-21

succinct overview

thoroughly enjoyed the overview of the Plantagenet history. Well narrated and sufficient to whet the appetite for more.

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