The Plantagenets

The Plantagenets

The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

Audiobook CD - 2013
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The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights. This is the era of chivalry, Robin Hood, and the Knights Templar, the era of the Black Death, the Black Prince, the founding of Parliament, and the Hundred Years' War.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781470843540
1470843544
9781470843533
1470843536
Branch Call Number: 942.03092 J7132p 2013 CD
Characteristics: 17 sound discs (ca. 21 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Chafer, Clive
Blackstone Audio, Inc

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jandt_mcmurray
Aug 28, 2018

From the late 12th century to the turn of the 15th century, the Plantagenets ruled over the world's most dominant country - England. Author Dan Jones takes us on a walk through this time in history as we explore what each king added or took away from his country, his family, & his people. We are reminded that ruling this nation wasn't like what it is today. Their world is not like the one we are privileged to live in today. Rough times called for tough choices & even tougher rulers.

I personally LOVE reading up on the English monarchy, past & present. I am more read in the times of the War of the Roses & the Tudor reign. This gave a nice background into what the country had gone through & where things were left when the tumultuous 15 century rang in. The narrator had a very regal, English sound, which I did enjoy. However, at times it did get a bit annoying the way he would end a sentence. He had a special intonation that he used each time he finished a thought or sentence. It got old. But the story line was interesting enough to overshadow the narration. If you enjoy English monarchy or medieval history, I highly recommend giving this book a read.

Age recommendation: 14 & up (violence or war, violence of criminal punishment, higher reading level)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 7.

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Jul 10, 2017

Those who have the mentality of fourteen year old girls, the ins and out in social tactics and plots, will really enjoy this audiobook. Its primarily a narration of Plantagenet rulers, family dynasty, and other powerful people in late medieval Britain, with little about social, cultural, and economic history (they are mentioned, but only very briefly). I found the reader's voice irritating after a while, mainly his habit of extending the last syllable in a sentence.

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Aug 28, 2018

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Aug 28, 2018

Violence: war, medieval criminal punishment

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