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The Hollow Crown

The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors
By: Dan Jones
Narrated by: Dan Jones
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The 15th century saw the crown of England change hands seven times as the great families of England fought to the death for power, majesty and the right to rule. 

The Hollow Crown completes Dan Jones' epic history of medieval England, and describes how the Plantagenets tore themselves apart to be finally replaced by the Tudors.  

Some of the greatest heroes and villains in British history were thrown together in these turbulent times: Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt and prudent rule at home marked the high point of the medieval monarchy; Edward IV, who was handed his crown by the scheming soldier Warwick the Kingmaker, before their alliance collapsed into a fight to the death; and the last Plantagenet, Richard III, who stole the throne and murdered his own nephews, the Princes in the Tower. Finally, the Tudors arrived - but even their rule was only made certain in the 1520s, when Henry VIII ruthlessly hunted down his family's last remaining enemies. 

In the midst this tumult, chivalry was reborn, the printing press arrived and the Renaissance began to flourish. With vivid descriptions of the battle of Towton, where 28,000 men died in a single morning, and the Battle of Bosworth Field, at which Richard III was hacked down, this is the real story behind Shakespeare's famous history plays.

©2014 Dan Jones (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Brilliant Again

learned so much, yet always so interesting to listen to. Dan Jones does it again

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A very well balanced book

I thoroughly recommend this book.A very well written piece ,read by
the author .I would certainly recommend this to all history buffs.

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  • Able Marle Devon
  • 12-03-2019

History by a true historian

There are so many celebrity historians around now however Dan Jones is one of the best. He brings history to life!

As my favourite period in history by far, I thought I knew all about the Wars Of The Roses but there was such much detail in this book I now know even more which is great.

You’re a bit of a star Mr Jones - not only do you write incredibly detailed and interesting books, you are one of the best narrators I’ve heard!

Thoroughly enjoyable experience all round. Even if you are not into history, you will find the Plantagenets a fascinating story.

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  • Nick Shoubridge
  • 14-02-2019

Bunch of Roses

Excellent historical fare well presented by the author. You couldn't make up a better historical yarn!

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  • Copperfish
  • 09-02-2019

insightful and a good listen.

enjoyed the book the narrative was very good and made it easy to listen to.

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  • Foxhole
  • 28-01-2019

More unbelievable then Game of Thrones!!

Dan Jones clearly loves the subject matter and its infectious. My only complaint is that I want more. We are told in education a lot about the Tudors and I have never understood why the Plantagenets have take back seat when they're so fascinating. War, murder, friendship, betrayal, it has it all.

A must read for history fans.