A History of the Plantagenets

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 498 ratings

The Conquering Family Publisher's Summary

Thomas B. Costain's four-volume history of the Plantagenets begins with The Conquering Family and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216.

The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and people, comes to life through Costain's storytelling skill and historical imagination.

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  • Book 1

    • The Conquering Family

    • By: Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108

    Thomas B. Costain's four-volume history of the Plantagenets begins with The Conquering Family and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216. The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and people, comes to life through Costain's storytelling skill and historical imagination.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing, dare I say WOW!

    • By Elizabeth on 04-02-12

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 2

    • The Magnificent Century

    • By: Thomas Costain
    • Narrated by: David Case  
    • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    The Magnificent Century, the second volume of Costain's "A History of the Plantagenets", covers Henry III's long and turbulent reign, from 1216 to 1272.

    During his lifetime, Henry was frequently unpopular, unreliable, and inconsistent. Yet his reign saw spectacular advancement in the arts, sciences, and theology, as well as in government. Despite all, it was truly a magnificent century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • They don't write histories like this anymore....

    • By Mary Elizabeth Reynolds on 04-13-13

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 3

    • The Three Edwards

    • By: Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    The Three Edwards, third in Thomas B. Costain's survey of Britain under the Plantagenets, covers the years between 1272 and 1377 when three Edwards ruled England. Edward I brought England out of the Middle Ages. Edward II had a tragic reign but gave his country Edward III, who ruled gloriously, if violently.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb history

    • By Howard on 06-29-09

    Regular price: $43.93

  • Book 4

    • The Last Plantagenets

    • By: Thomas Costain
    • Narrated by: David Case  
    • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    The final volume in A History of the Plantagenets covers the century from 1377 to 1485, when civil war ravaged England, rebellious peasants marched on London and wandering preachers sowed dissent in the credulous poor. The last Plantagenet monarchs governed in violence and confusion. Kings came and went, deposed or murdered. Princes and nobles slaughtered or were slaughtered in bloody battles or private feuds. It was an era of brilliant successes, tragic reverses, and wild extravagance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Last Plantagenets Review

    • By Michael Kehoe on 08-21-10

    Regular price: $43.93