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  • Powers and Thrones

  • A New History of the Middle Ages
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (459 ratings)

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Summary

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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A stunning recounting of the past (and probable lesson for the future)

Dan Jones I just finished the magnificent Powers and Thrones audiobook- thank you for an enlightening and entertaining 24 hours and 33 mins! Aside from the illuminating real life stories that are fascinating to hear now that the Thrones television phenomenon is concluded (from Byzantine Greek Fire - I visualised wildfire at the Battle of the Blackwater - to royal ransoms, poisonings, strategic marriages and lots of heads on spikes a la Ned Stark) it was fascinating to hear how the world from Roman Empire through Reformation was so hugely impacted by climate, pandemics, movement of people, commerce and the misuse of religion through politics over spirituality , as you so aptly put it. I sincerely hope your closing words of “more another time” are a promise and not an epilogue. “Crusaders” helped us through lockdown but “Powers” might well be a manual of past lessons for the future post-Covid-19 world.
p.S. wife and child would fall asleep at the sound of your voice on long car journeys but i saw that as a strategic advantage when needing some quiet time! Dan you may just be the last chivalrous knight of the realm. Already looking forward to your next work.

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Oh Dear.

A rather conventional general history spoiled by the authors rather bizarre rant about "medieval wokeness" predicated on a modern axe he wishes to grind. The use of contemporary buzzwords is grating and the flabbiness of the theory underpinning the chapter should embarrass Dan Jones.

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Disappointing

Dan Jones is prone to an over blown style, and dramatic sweeping phrases in a manner which can become grating. Sadly the narrator here has made things worse and as a result the book is utterly impenetrable

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Brilliant

This is a brilliant overview of the medieval ages. It’s a 1000 years in 27hrs so although it’s long it never lacks momentum. Highly enjoyable and recommended!

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History at its best

Very interesting history of Europe from the end of the Roman Empire to the Reformation.

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Brilliant

Really enjoyed this book. Learnt a lot of things i previously had no idea about.

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Utterly Fabulous

Engaging, detailed, pop history. Nothing more to ask for. Well worth a listen if you are at all interested in medieval history.

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Brilliant!

A tour de force covering a thousand years of history. Beautifully written. Compelling storylines. It held my attention from first to last. Thank you Dan Jones.

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Great dash through European history up to 1530

I am a fan of the author's works and this does not disappoint. It was particularly sobering to listen to the book as events in Ukraine unfolded. There were so many compare and contrast moments.
Good narration style, although I did wince at the pronunciation of some German towns, particularly Mainz.

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Loved this.

I will listen to this more than once. Ambitious scope so inevitably some gaps but topics well selected with interesting detail included. History made entertaining, Well delivered by the author.

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