The New York Times bestseller, from the author of Crusaders, that tells the story of Britain’s greatest and worst dynasty—“a real-life Game of Thrones” (The Wall Street Journal)
The first Plantagenet kings inherited a blood-soaked realm from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic narrative history of courage, treachery, ambition, and deception, Dan Jones resurrects the unruly royal dynasty that preceded the Tudors. They produced England’s best and worst kings: Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice a queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; their son Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and his conniving brother King John, who was forced to grant his people new rights under the Magna Carta, the basis for our own bill of rights. Combining the latest academic research with a gift for storytelling, Jones vividly recreates the great battles of Bannockburn, Crécy, and Sluys and reveals how the maligned kings Edward II and Richard II met their downfalls. This is the era of chivalry and the Black Death, the Knights Templar, the founding of parliament, and the Hundred Years’ War, when England’s national identity was forged by the sword.
The Plantagenets is a 2014 television documentary series on the House of Plantagenet, which ruled England from 1154 to 1485. The series first aired from 17 March to 31 March 2014 on BBC Two and was presented by historian Robert Bartlett...
Great book 55
I really enjoyed this book. It is informative but not in a dry way. It is great storytelling about a really interesting time in European history. The characters of history are brought to life and the way Dan jones tells this story bridges the gap between the time the characters lived so long ago and today. 55
A very enjoyable as informative read. 55
At 750 pages, I wasn't sure I would ever finish it. I downloaded sample first, but got so "into" it, that ended up buying it. It is quite a page-turner. I had never read about most of these kings. But it was really good. I recommend this book. 55