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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
Categories: History, British
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Summary

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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More unbelievable then Game of Thrones!!

Dan Jones clearly loves the subject matter and its infectious. My only complaint is that I want more. We are told in education a lot about the Tudors and I have never understood why the Plantagenets have take back seat when they're so fascinating. War, murder, friendship, betrayal, it has it all.

A must read for history fans.

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History by a true historian

There are so many celebrity historians around now however Dan Jones is one of the best. He brings history to life!

As my favourite period in history by far, I thought I knew all about the Wars Of The Roses but there was such much detail in this book I now know even more which is great.

You’re a bit of a star Mr Jones - not only do you write incredibly detailed and interesting books, you are one of the best narrators I’ve heard!

Thoroughly enjoyable experience all round. Even if you are not into history, you will find the Plantagenets a fascinating story.

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insightful and a good listen.

enjoyed the book the narrative was very good and made it easy to listen to.

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Enter the Tudors... but why?

You’ll find out just how and why and what a convoluted tumult surrounded the crown of England during this time of great scheming across France, England and Europe, politics today is a poor cousin of the dastardly actions of all sides in this period. Fascinating, informative and enjoyable.

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Wars of the Roses

This is in effect the Wars of the Roses and is a rollicking good tale. Real life Game of Thrones.

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Wonderful!

Really interesting, well read, entertaining. Looking for more written by, and read by,Dan Jones. Proper historian! Chris

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Bunch of Roses

Excellent historical fare well presented by the author. You couldn't make up a better historical yarn!

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Vivid account of a turbulent period in history

I really enjoyed this splendid and scholarly narrative bringing vividly to life the divisive events of the 15th century as the War of the Roses tore the country apart before the eventual conquest by the Tudor dynasty. I found it helped to remind myself of the genealogy of the different claimants to the throne via an online website as the respective rankings are complex owing to the lack of a direct line of decent from Edward III. This period of history is so full of events it makes for a gripping listen excellently narrated by the author.

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Perfect writing and narration by author

Detailed and very interesting history book telling of the Wars of the Roses I wish my school books had been as fascinating!

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Excellent. Engrossing

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wars of the Roses revisited. Really excellent narration by Dan Jones.