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  • The Red Prince

  • The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster
  • By: Helen Carr
  • Narrated by: Helen Carr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

Medieval history from a rising star in the field, this is a biography of one of the most important figures of the age, John of Gaunt.

John Gaunt was the son of Edward III, brother to the Black Prince, father to Henry IV, and the sire of all those Tudors. He has had pretty bad press: supposed usurper of Richard II’s crown and the focus of hatred in the Peasants’ Revolt, as they torched his home, the Savoy Palace.

Helen Carr paints a complex portrait of a man who held the levers of power on the English and European stage, passionately upheld chivalric values, pressed for the Bible to be translated into English, patronized the arts - and, if you follow Shakespeare, gave the most beautiful oration on England: “this sceptred isle...this blessed plot.”

The Red Prince is an engrossing drama of political machinations, violence, romance, plague, revolt, and tragedy played out at the cusp of a new era.

©2021 Helen Carr (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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The sniffing narrator

Whilst there is a wealth of in formation in here I've stopped listening midway in chapter 2. The narration is the worst I've ever heard, sucking air into her lungs mid sentence, and the constant sniffing, somebody get her an handkerchief so she can blow her nose. History totally ruined by rotten narration.

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outstanding

An amazing, a new perspective of English history, superbly researched and enthralling throughout. thoroughly enjoyed

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  • Nočnica Fee
  • 30-05-21

lovely work well performed

I confess to knowing very little about the era or even the geography of Western Europe but I found the tale engaging and the narrative clear.

Carr is clear on when the sources give facts and when we must make assumptions (for example the exact connection between our protagonist and Chaucer)

I don't always enjoy books read by the author but Carr sounds great here. Really professional and clear.

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  • Virginia Robertshaw
  • 10-06-21

Excellent historical reference

This is an historical reference about John of Gaunt and is meticulous. I have never read much about the subject but for anyone interested in English history I would consider this a good read. John of Gaunt is the figurative father for the War of the roses and the Tudor house. Highly recommend this book.

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  • McFrance
  • 06-06-21

Excellent

A really interesting book on figure I’d come across but knew little about, a privileged but amazing life and a key figure for fifty years of English and European history. Very well read also, I would definitely recommend.

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