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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ranulph Fiennes Narrator: Ranulph Fiennes Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes takes a journey around his eccentric family tree and reveals how he came to be described by the Guinness Book of Records as 'the world's greatest living explorer'.

Discover Sir Ranulph Twistelton-Wykham-Fiennes's personal expedition to trace his extraordinary family through the twists and turns of history. From Charlemagne - himself a direct ancestor of the author - to the count who very nearly persuaded William the Conqueror to retreat at Hastings, many members of this unique clan have lived close to the nerve centre of the ruler of their day.

They number in their ranks a murderer, a wife poisoner, a poacher, England's greatest female traveller of the 17th century, an extortionist Lord High Treasurer, teen cousins who eloped, a noble lord hanged for manslaughter, another hanged for adultery with the king's wife, and many who, as admirals or major-generals, won famous battles.

The Fiennes' behind Cromwell provided the castle in which the Parliamentarians made their first secret moves, the same building in which 21 successive generations of the family have lived for 600 unbroken years. One Fiennes had his head cut off by the London mob and stuck on Tower Bridge, another led the First Crusade that captured Jerusalem. And that is just a taster. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jo at Jaffareadstoo | 10/17/2012

    " A fabulous look at English history through the eyes of one family.It's an amazing piece of research ,and with lots of interesting anecdotal snippets throughout. I found myself reading it long into the night and beyond .. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ewald | 7/24/2012

    " A very interesting person, out af an amazing family history, and still he has the guts to enjoy life to the fullest! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria | 6/9/2012

    " A better-than-expected read. An amazing family history (seemlessly interwoven with British history). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marilyn | 5/25/2012

    " I kept reading it although I couldn't believe I was reading it! There are no women in his family history and few domestic stories or even architectural stories of his house that has been in the familly for 600 years. I did learn a lot of English history in a brief way which was nice. "

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