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The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England

By: Dan Jones
Narrated by: Dan Jones
Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
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This brilliant new audiobook explores the lives of eight generations of the greatest kings and queens that this country has ever seen, and the worst. The Plantagenets - their story is the story of Britain.

England’s greatest royal dynasty, the Plantagenets, ruled over England through eight generations of kings. Their remarkable reign saw England emerge from the Dark Ages to become a highly organised kingdom that spanned a vast expanse of Europe. Plantagenet rule saw the establishment of laws and creation of artworks, monuments and tombs which survive to this day, and continue to speak of their sophistication, brutality and secrets.

Dan Jones brings you a new vision of this battle-scarred history. From the Crusades to King John’s humbling over Magna Carta and the tragic reign of the last Plantagenet, Richard II, this is a blow-by-blow account of England’s most thrilling age.

©2019 Dan Jones (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Stonking narrative history told with pace, wit and scholarship about the bloody dynasty that produced some of England’s most brilliant, brutal kings." (Observer)

"Colourful and engaging...Jones has produced an absorbing narrative that will help ensure that the Plantagenet story remains stamped on the English imagination." (Sunday Times)

"Action-packed...Filled with fighting, personality clashes, betrayal and bouts of the famous Plantagenet rage." (Daily Telegraph

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Fascinating

Really interesting, well researched and read. Highly recommended. Fascinating period of history and well worth listening.

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Brilliant Enlightment

I had heard of the White Ship, I remembered being fascinated by the late 70s TV drama 'The Devil's Crown' (on the back of which my daughter's names include Eleanor), I loved The Daughter of Time and knew of the York and Tudor struggles called The Wars of the Roses. However, the wealth of information provided by the author in this book, closely followed by listening to the next instalment in the saga, The Hollow Crown, have broadened my knowledge immensely, and spectacularly brought the players and the period to life. Dan Jones' research and scholarship, complemented by his skills in narrating his works have made listening a delight. I will now start over!

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Absolutely love Dan Jones books

This was such a great book and beautifully read by Dan Jones
I have read all his books available on audible and eagily await his new one on the Crusades

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-2019

Plantagenet Powerhouse

A great listen on my favorite English monarch dynasty! Great job Dan Jones! Thank you!!!

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  • tombanx
  • 13-06-2019

Fascinating and well read

This was a great overview of a fascinating period. It is well worth a listen.

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  • CR STUHLFELDER
  • 06-06-2019

Thoroughly engaging piece of work

A well written, balanced piece of research, read with authority by the author. Excellent twenty odd hours!

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  • mr r d hepton
  • 12-06-2019

Historical masterpiece and fantastic account of a brutal age!

Dan Jones has captured a period of English History in such a brilliant way, that even the most none historical of us can enjoy! Such an amazing book! Can’t wait to listen to the Templar’s now!

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  • Daniel Rive
  • 12-08-2019

Well read.

Dan Jones was very easy to listen to, he gave the book a 3rd dimension by reding it so well. I was able to keep up with the text while walking my Dog.

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  • paul w.
  • 03-08-2019

Good overview

Very good overview of the individual kings and political events over the 250 years of Plantagenet rule. A little more background on the social and economic scene would have been good but nevertheless a very good piece of historical narrative

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  • susanne H
  • 19-07-2019

Marvellous

Succinct , accurate.An amazingly concise précis of a hugely formative era of our history. Bravo. I will listen again ( probably more than once)

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  • mrssharpe
  • 15-07-2019

Excellent

A long book, but so worth it. Excellent narration by Dan Jones as well as the content. Please write the next part of the Plantagenet dynasty.