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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
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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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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Great storytelling although maybe a bit biased to the Tudors

Wonderfully told and enjoyable to listen to. On historical accuracy I felt the author maybe was a little too biased to the Tudors and didn’t really explore if Richard III did have a legitimate claim to the throne.

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Superb history well told. Better than Game of Thrones . It is to be thoroughly recommended

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This tale of Roses and crowns doesn't ring hollow

An epic tale about the Wars of the Roses which ripped England apart during the 15th century is masterfully explained and examined by Dan Jones. I would definitely read it again.

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Brilliant history of the last Plantagenets

Well researched, well written and well read. Dan Jones finds the balance between historical accuracy and juicy melodrama in this history of the wars of the roses and the change from Plantagenet to Tudor kingship. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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‘The Hollow Crown’

Wow!!!! Addictive reading. Have read a lot of books about this part of English history but this encompasses the whole saga in such an informative yet entertaining way that it really stands out. I recommend it highly!

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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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Excellent book.

Written and read wonderfully by Dan Jones. i absolutely loved this book and learnt so much. i will listen again and again.

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Excellent! Loved the entire production

Well worth a listen and worth going over and over! Loved the details and ease of listening- would definitely recommend - if you love history you’ll love this xx

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A Complicated Maze

This was just so interesting and helped me to get a better understanding of how the Tudors eventually won their.

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Loved it!

Could not stop listening! The history was very interesting and reminded me of GOT. The Earl of Warwick and Richard 3, get exactly what they deserved.

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