Learn about The Plantagenets with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.The House of Plantagenet was a royal house of 15 monarchs who ruled England from 1154-1485.
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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Originating from France, the Plantagenets were a royal dynasty that ruled England for over three centuries, from 1154 to 1485. The family would eventually produce 15 leaders, helping to transform monarchical rule. iMinds details a brief but colorful saga of the impressive clan, one that oversaw remarkable ages in England's history. Elouise Rothwell charts the rise and fall of the House of Plantagenet, from Count Fulk III to Richard III, with an appropriately regal air. Her diction is clear and precise throughout, providing a necessary clarity to the fast-paced yet detailed account of the Plantagenet reign.
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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.
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?