- People & Places
- Narrated by: Ellouise Rothwell
- Length: 8 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-09-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: iMinds
The Plantagenets originally came from France, where they ruled a county called Anjou. They were a strange and powerful family, complex and prone to insanity. Their founder, Count Fulk III (known as “The Black”), had his wife burned at the stake in her wedding dress when he discovered she was sleeping with a goatherd. His great grandson, Geoffrey V gave the dynasty its name. The word Plantagenet comes from the name of a flower: plante genêt in French, or “common broom”. Geoffrey V was said to have worn a sprig of the golden flower in his battle helmet.
Geoffrey married the Empress Matilda, daughter of Henry I of England, and their son, Henry II, became king on 19 December 1154, after a brief civil war known as “The Anarchy”.
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Laura Silvius on 20-11-16
Not as advertised
I bought this before I could see the length, and hoped it would be an indepth history of the Plantagenet family. It's a mediocre review of highlights at best.
By despinne on 10-02-14
Quick List of Kings
Where does The Plantagenets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is hardly designed to be a top listen. It's only 8 minutes. But if you need a quick list for an overview, it fills the bill, unlike straight history.
Any additional comments?
Recommended for students of history who wish to define the Plantagenets. I was pleased to learn something new--a little about the French origin of the family. I knew Anjou, but little more. Apparently little to know?