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The Young Lion

Birth of the Plantagenets, Book 1
Written by: Blanche d'Alpuget
Narrated by: Colin Morgan
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The first book in the Birth of the Plantagenets series is sumptuous, rich historical fiction.

Queen Eleanor of France, said to be the most beautiful woman in Europe, has not been able to give birth to an heir. A strategic liaison with Geoffrey the Handsome, the virile and charming Duke of Normandy, could remedy that - or lead to her downfall and Geoffrey's death.

What begins with cool calculation becomes a passionate affair. Despite his love for Eleanor, however, Geoffrey has larger plans: to help his warrior son, Henry, seize the English throne.

When Henry saves his father from discovery and execution by the French, he falls foul of Eleanor - and madly in love with her Byzantine maid. Should he become King of England, however, this dazzling woman will never be acceptable as his queen.

These intertwined relationships - heated, forbidden and perilous - are the heart of a vivid story of ambition, vengeance and political intrigue set in the glorious flowering of troubadour culture, mysticism and learning that is 12th-century France.

©2013 Blanche d'Alpuget (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Yvonne T, Griffin
  • 03-06-20

Not-so-historical fiction

The history was often wrong; however, when Henry spoke to horses and Highlanders via telepathy, no doubt remained that this historical fiction was much more fiction than history .

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  • Zanoni Daniele
  • 07-05-20

Really nice overview over the XII century

I really enjoyed this first book about all that could happen amangst France, England and Normandie. The writer goes into a lot of details of all the families involved enriching the plot and the pleasure of the listener. Colin Morgen was again superb in his narration changing tone, voice and tempo when needed. I hope he'll narrate more books for us.

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  • Carol A. Pelosi
  • 07-02-20

Colin a Morgan delightful!

An absolute joy to listen to his lilting Irish voice as it read this magical story. More please.

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  • MR T J H MOFFATT
  • 29-01-20

Great Book.

It is difficult to overpraise this book. It is a long time since I enjoyed a book so much - and it is really instructive in a way that is
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What a great narrator. I hope he reads the rest of this series when they are written.

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  • Amazon shopper
  • 28-01-20

Entertaining

Colin Morgan is absolutely superb in this. Each character is individually voiced, with a variety of accents, while the overall narration is a softer version of his native northern Irish. The story is entertaining, although I'm not sure how historically accurate it is. That is unimportant; it's a fun medieval tale, and I hope Colin reads the others in the series.

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  • Helen Boshier
  • 17-01-20

Colourful and Entertaining

I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining and colourful story which brings to life a period of history that is often glossed over these days. The narrator is excellent and breathes so much life into all the characters and situations. It held my attention from beginning to end.

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  • Megan
  • 09-03-20

Fascinating

A story told in a way that kept me mesmerised and yearning for more. As it is based on history, it's great! Colin Morgan has a way with words and accents and brings the story to life.