A History of the Plantagenets
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    The Conquering Family | Thomas B. Costain

    The Conquering Family

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    • By Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated By David Case
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    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.

    An Entrancing History of the Early Plantegenets

    The Conquering Family is the first of Costain's four volume history of the Plantagenets. It covers the founding of the dynasty, the rise and fall of H..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 20 2009 by Peter (Ann Arbor, MI, USA)
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    The Magnificent Century | Thomas Costain

    The Magnificent Century

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas Costain
    • Narrated By David Case  
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    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.

    They don't write histories like this anymore....

    And they should, this first installment focuses on the difficult and contemplated times of Henry the second and Eleanor of Aquitane and of course, Tho..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 13 2013 by Mary Elizabeth Reynolds (SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States)
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    The Three Edwards | Thomas B. Costain

    The Three Edwards

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated By David Case
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    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.

    Superb history

    This is a superbly written account of a turbulent time in European history

    Reviewed on June 29 2009 by Howard (Austin, TX, United States)
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    The Last Plantagenets | Thomas Costain

    The Last Plantagenets

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Thomas Costain
    • Narrated By David Case  
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    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.

    Last Plantagenets Review

    This book covers the last century of Plantagenent rule in England, or 1377-1485 to be exact. I thought it was excellent except for the final bit on R..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 21 2010 by Michael Kehoe (Montana, USA)