The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England (Paperback)
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The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England (Paperback)

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Eight generations of the greatest and worst kings and queens that this country has ever seen -- from the White Ship to the Lionheart, bad King John to the Black Prince and John of Gaunt -- this is the dynasty that invented England as we still know it today -- great history to appeal to readers of Ken Follet, Bernard Cornwell, Tom Holland "Outstanding. Majestic in its sweep, compelling in its storytelling, this is narrative history at its best. A thrilling dynastic history of royal intrigues, violent skulduggery and brutal warfare across two centuries of British history.' SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE The Plantagenets inherited a bloodied, broken kingdom from the Normans, and set about expanding royal rule until it stretched at its largest from the Scottish lowlands to the Pyrenees, and from the Ireland to the foothills of the Holy Roman Empire. At the same time, they developed aspects of English law, government, architecture, art and folklore that survive to this day. Despite all this, and having reigned for twice as long as their eventual successors, the Tudors, the Plantagenets remain relatively unknown. In this gripping, vivid new book, Dan Jones brings the Plantagenets and their world back to life. This is both an epic narrative history of the 'high' Middle Ages, and a spellbinding portrait of a family blessed and cursed in equal measure. 'The Plantagenets' sweeps from Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine's creation of a European empire to Richard the Lionheart's heroic Third Crusade and King John's humbling under Magna Carta. It explores the beginning of parliament under Henry III. It charts the fierce rule of Edward Longshanks, who conquered Wales and subdued Scotland but could never come to terms with his own son, the ill-fated Edward II. The book comes to an exciting climax in the age of chivalry, as Edward III saw England triumph in the Hundred Years War while plague stalked Europe, before the Black Prince and his beautiful princess Joan of Kent raised a son, Richard II, who would come to destroy the Plantagenet legacy. It is a compelling, fascinating journey through Britain's most spectacular age.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007479733
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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“History at its best. Simply brilliant.”

This is not just a dry and dusty record of the Plantagenet rulers of England but a highly readable book that will appeal to all medieval enthusiasts, particularly for those with only a sketchy understanding of the... More

Paperback edition
6th July 2013
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“A Good Read”

Initially I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy reading ‘The Plantagenets’ as I’m no historian nor do I have a great passion for history. My historical knowledge is sadly lacking (and embarrassing) so I embraced the... More

Paperback edition
17th September 2013
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“Fantastic”

This is one of the best history books I have ever read, about the the Greatest Kings and Queens of a battle scarred land, Heroic deeds, huge blunders over land deals. Marriages of convenience some not so convenient,... More

Paperback edition
17th August 2013
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