Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages (Paperback)Dan Jones (author)
With his customary swashbuckling elan, Jones embarks upon a thunderous new history of the Middle Ages that thrillingly chronicles the tensions between East and West that shaped the modern world.
Dan Jones' epic new history tells nothing less than the story of how the world we know today came to be built. It is a thousand-year adventure that moves from the ruins of the once-mighty city of Rome, sacked by barbarians in AD 410, to the first contacts between the old and new worlds in the sixteenth century. It shows how, from a state of crisis and collapse, the West was rebuilt and came to dominate the entire globe. The book identifies three key themes that underpinned the success of the West: commerce, conquest and Christianity.
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?
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 736
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'A terrifically colourful and compelling narrative history... A hugely impressive achievement, bustling and sizzling with life on every page... This is now simply the best popular history of the Middle Ages there is' - Sunday Times
'Excellent... Combines [Jones's] usual narrative exuberance and playfulness with the authority and span to bring together an amazing masterly gripping panorama' - Simon Sebag Montefiore
'Empires come and go, religions form and break up, ideas clash and mingle - 1,100 years, 16 sweeping chapters, 700 pacey pages... Masterly, muscular and direct' - Ed Smith, New Statesman
'A great achievement, pulling together many strands with aplomb' - Peter Frankopan,
'Dan Jones is in a class of his own... Read this book to wrap your head around 1,000 years of history with as much ease and enjoyment as relaxing into a good novel' - Professor Suzannah Lipscomb
'Jones is careful to entertain, as well as enlighten... Flashes of humour exist on the same page as academic rigour... Copious colour plates turn Powers and Thrones into a great gift, as well as a great read' - Aspects of History
'An epic new history of the Middle Ages, which grippingly chronicles the forces that defined the period - and which would go on to shape ours' - Huffington Post
'It's so delightful to encounter a skilled historian of such enormous energy who's never afraid of being entertaining' - The Times
'In an age when medieval culture is easily and explicitly repurposed for ill, we are lucky to have a book that insists on portraying Europe's deep connections with other parts of the world and that wants to rehydrate the Middle Ages back from the flat, racist version. We are luckier still to have a book that narrates the past so thoroughly, vividly and joyfully' - Independent
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“An epic history of the Middle Ages.”
This book is about the monumental 1000 years between the sacks of Rome ; AD410 and 1527. What happens between these time period is told in an entertaining, informative and very readable style.
It explains not only... More
“A comprehensive, enjoyable and easy to read overview of the Middle Ages”
This book is a comprehensive, enjoyable and easy to read overview of the Middle Ages for the period AD 410-AD 1527. It has a strong and deliberate concentration on Western Europe with other parts of the world... More
“A whistle stop tour of the Middle Ages - quite a feat within a single book”
In Powers and Thrones, Dan Jones sets out to provide an overview of the entire period known as the Middle Ages, from the fall of Rome in c.400AD through to Da Vinci, Columbus, et al in the early 1500s. Over the course... More
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