The Plantagenets : The Kings Who Made England
by Dan Jones
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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This brilliant new book explores the lives of eight generations, the greatest kings and queens this country has ever seen, and the worst.The Plantagenets – their history is the history of Great BritainA rich, sprawling character, the Plantagenets were both gifted and cursed by a hereditary character, which made some brilliant leaders and statesmen, and others, cowards, despots and tyrants.They reigned over the wars of conquest and defence.They fought holy Crusades and bitter quarrels with RomeSometimes the subjects appreciated prosperity, national security, glory and wealth; to others they suffered epidemics, invasions, famines and ignominious defeat in the hands of their enemies.The Plantagenets were in turn beautiful and cruel, judicious and incredibly paranoid, brilliant and tragically imperfect family.The Plantagenets are divided into three parts, each one telling an exciting story of the three main periods of the Plantagenet rule.Together, they conjugate as a historical epic of the kind that has not been written in British history for nearly a century.Parts I, II and III, The Angevins (1 150 – 1272), Edwards (1272 – 1360) and The English (1360 – 1399) look at fascinating characters such as Count Goeffrey V of Anjou, the first Plantagenet, Richard lion’s heart and his less famous elder brother, Henry, Edward the Black Prince and the superb and most influential Princess Jeanne de Kent.In a dazzling book of scope and ambition, Dan Jones psychological paintings, family portrait of the Royal House of Plantagenet, the creation of a fascinating new history of Great Britain before the Tudors.It is really a definitive book of construction on the convincing style of his first book, the Summer of Blood, carrying medieval Brittany lively concentrate for the modern reader, and accessible to readers from the age of 9 to 90 years old.
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