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  • A New History of the Middle Ages
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (756 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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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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Muito bom!

obrigado ao autor por conseguir resumir de um modo esclarecedor o passo! ajudando a compreender o presente!

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First rate!

I thoroughly enjoyed this remarkable book. It is huge in scope yet totally accessible - I recommend

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An incredible masterpiece!

I have never encountered a book that covers so much historical ground. I chose it because my knowledge of the Middle Ages was limited. I couldn’t have had a better guide through these centuries. I feel like I want to go straight back to the beginning and start again to consolidate my understanding! Well done Dan Jones! And you did make it fun!

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Many stories so well narrated by the author.

Powers and Thrones was an epic book. Each account was so well narrated by Dan Jones that I was never bored by it. It was brilliantly researched and put in language that was so easy to comprehend.
I didn't listen to the book in its entirety but kept going back to it when I had finished a book and was waiting for credit day. The nature of the book allows you to do this as each chapter stands alone, describing a period in history or a story behind a ruler.
It is the sort of book that I could listen to again.

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so much information in one book !!!

a great adventure from different perspectives I'd the medieval world a real treasure to listen too

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The largest in scope of any Dan Jones project that I've encountered. As a consequence, events can be tricky to keep in your head especially with an audiobook, but if this is a fault of the author's it is only in ambition.

Superbly written with a view to taking you into the lives of its subjects, definite recommendation for anyone interested in the period or who has previously enjoyed Dan Jones' writings

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A really excellent account of the period

I found this account of a period of which I knew far too little. My school boy history was anglo-centric in the extreme and this book gave much wider and much needed deeper perspective.

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Vast in scope

I do enjoy Dan Jones' books. Given the enormous time frame it deals with, it is by definition selective in the topics covered. I'm sure some would quibble about what has been included and what is excluded but that, after all, is the author's perogative. It is a long book but kept my attention all the way through.

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A really wonderful overview of 1,000 years of our world

This book has filled in many gaps for me and really helped peace together a huge part of time in Europe in the world.

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