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Summer of Blood: The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381

By: Dan Jones
Narrated by: Kris Dyer
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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Summary

Revolt and upheaval in medieval Britain by a brilliant new narrative historian, Summer of Blood breaks new ground in its portrayal of the personalities and politics of the bloody days of June 1381.

The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 is one of the most dramatic and bloody events in English history. Starting with village riots in the Essex countryside, chaos rapidly spread across much of the southeast of England, as tens of thousands of ordinary men and women marched in fury to London, torching houses, slaughtering their social superiors and terrifying the life out of those who got in their way. The burning down of Savoy Palace, home to the most powerful magnate in the realm, marked one of the Revolt’s most violent episodes.

The Peasants’ Revolt has remained an underexplored period of history. In revisiting the bloody events of 1381, Dan Jones has brought back to glorious life the squalor, drama and complex hierarchies of a society that until now seemed almost too distant to imagine. His examination of village life and the failings of government from the perspective of the Revolt’s key players is both intellectually stimulating and compulsively readable.

Vivid, atmospheric and beautifully written, this is historical writing of the highest quality.

©2019 Dan Jones (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Short, clear history of a long, hot summer." (Scotsman)

"Dan Jones seeks to uncover the idealism and brutality of this fateful summer…A fresh look." (John Guy, Sunday Times

"Dan Jones relates his tale with relish and zest…If anyone is looking for a racy account of England's 'summer of blood' this is it." (TLS

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A Most Informative Book.

This book goes into great detail into the Peasant's Revolt in a way I have not yet seen. It is very informative - I knew very little about this event before hearing the Audio Book - it is extremely well written - well it is by Dan Jones - and very descriptive, imbuing events with clarity and panache. The narrator is really good and brings " life "to the audio which is frequently missing in less adept speakers.

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How can such a gory tale be so boring to listen to

Dan Jones is an exceptional historian with a way of storytelling that really brings history to life. Unfortunately the narration was quite droning and at times mind numbing, I really struggled to finish it. Much prefer the books he has narrated himself.

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Peasants Brexit Vote

Great presentation and deatail for the Peasants Revolt and a very engaging reader bringing those bloody times to life

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This is why we love history

This is a book that details and explains from beginning to end probably the best known rebellion or uprising in history. There have been others yes but this one is as well known as some of the later uprisings and is proof that we need democracy and that is can work. the book puts you right at the heart of the matter making you feel as if you are there and though the outcome is obvious still one finds oneself rooting for the underdog just as we often do now. Short but really good. The narration’s not so great. The narrator reaeds in a somewhat staccato fashion so giving the book an air of breathlessness but otherwise it’s fine.

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Solid, well-researched account of the rising.

It was a bit short, but on the whole worth a read for anyone interested in the topic.

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New narrator

An excellent coverage of an often neglected period in history. Dan Jones has done a great job. However, whilst the narrator is clear in his enunciation, he has no life in his delivery at all, and I kept finding my attention drifting. It would have worked better with, say, Dan himself