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  • A New History of the Middle Ages
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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From the best-selling author of The Templars, Dan Jones' epic new history tells nothing less than the story of how the world we know today came to be built.

Across 16 chapters, blending Dan Jones' trademark gripping narrative style with authoritative analysis, Powers and Thrones shows how, at each stage in this story, successive Western powers thrived by attracting - or stealing - the most valuable resources, ideas and people from the rest of the world. It casts new light on iconic locations - Rome, Paris, Venice, Constantinople - and it features some of history's most famous and notorious men and women. 

This is a book written about - and for - an age of profound change, and it asks the biggest questions about the West both then and now. Where did we come from? What made us? Where do we go from here? 

©2021 Dan Jones (P)2021 W F Howes
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Quite astonishing

Half way through the book, I remember thinking, I must write that as the review. So here it is, “I felt like a dog sticking his head out a car window.” Maybe that makes sense to you…

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Exceptional Research

I highly recommend this book for those who like factual details rather an entertaining read.
I really enjoyed hearing how the European world fared in the Medieval times, as I have studied Britain in detail over the decades.
I gave 5 stars overall for the excellent facts and the narration was pleasant to the ear.
Well done Dan Jones

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Decent chronological history

Dan Jones provides us with a compelling chronological narrative of the European Middle Ages in its totality. To either it’s fault or benefit he goes beyond the conventional time period providing an account of the fall of the Roman Empire and the early 16th century.

Alongside a general chronology of events, chapters have a focus on particular developments within culture, religion, architecture and military.

Jones’s narration is very well performed. A good choice since his vocal emphasis is clearly in line with his authorial intentions.

In terms of narrative I found the book underwhelming, aside from vague gestures to relevancy in the 21st century I found deeper analysis lacking.

Likewise, the use of analogies to modern culture, news and technology I find to detract from a more grounded discussion of the topic.

Lastly, I found the conclusion underwhelming, seeming more to wrap up hastily than to bring the various strands of thought to a compelling finale. There is no discussion of the topics analysed in previous chapters, and no cohesive narrative to bind these various discussions together.

Altogether it’s a reasonable overview of the topic.

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Comprehensive and digestible

This book skilfully weaves together various influences of the Middle Ages and highlights different perspectives from war, disease to religions.
A lot of content is covered but is digestible and, throughout the entire book, remains entertaining.
Despite it being long, if you are interested in better understanding the Middle Ages (and today) I recommend listening until the end.

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Masterful yet compelling

An authoritative and well researched book that added to my understanding of the issues and period of history immensely. Dan Jones manages to make what could be dry and factual history into an engaging narrative, and it is so refreshing to have the author as narrator. A must read/listen for those seriously interested in history, but if you prefer to listen to the latest Jack Reacher American Hero novel maybe give this a miss.

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Great sweep through Middle Ages

This is a very big-picture survey of the Middle Ages: there isn’t room for a lot of detail. I’m not a historian, so while I’d picked up bits here and there over the years, they were just isolated details. As a sweeping narrative weaving together many strands, this book brings organisation to my random facts. I loved it!

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Very very basic history o the middle ages

Very very basic history. If youre bored then go ahead and listen but better off going for more indepth topics depending on what interests you

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Brilliant work

loved this book anyone that loves history should get this book. Dan Jones narration is fantastic, his performance was great.

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BORING

History is usually interesting but he made it boring. Couldn’t even finish the book it was that boring.

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Great overview of the Middle Ages.

Thoroughly enjoyed this sweeping history of the Medieval Era. The only flat spot I found to be were the chapter regarding the construction of buildings and castles. Overall a great narrative history.

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