The Wars of the Roses : The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
by Dan Jones
Editor: Penguin Books
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The author of the best-selling The Plantagenet and The Templars and presenter of Netflix is Secrets of the Great British Castles offers a very vivid picture of the events that inspired the Throne and Shakespeare Game, Henry IV and Richard III to Discover the True Story Behind The Hollow Trough of the Crown: The Roses Wars, the PBS Great Performance of the Shakespeare Play Series, with Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sofie Okenedo and Hugh BonnevilleThe crown of England changed hands five times during the fifteenth century, as the two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought until death for the right of ruleIn this exciting follow-up to La Plantagenêt, famous historian Dan Jones describes how the longest reign of the British royal family tore itself apart until finally it was replaced by the TudorsSome of history’s greatest heroes and villains were thrown together in these troubled times, from Joan of Arc, and Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt marked the culmination of the old monarchy, from Richard III, who murdered his own nephews in a desperate attempt to make sure of his stolen crownIt was a time when stubborn queens and concubines are seized power and bent men to their willWith vivid descriptions of the battles of Towton and Bosworth, where the last King Plantagenet had been killed, this dramatic account of the story indulges in heckling and intrigueIt also offers a long corrective suffering to Tudor’s propaganda, dismantling their self-service account of what they called the war of the Roses”If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones or The Tudors then Dan Jones swashbucklingly entertaining slice of medieval history will be right on your drivewayJust as entertaining and easy to read as his previous film Le Plantagenêt”The Daily Express
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