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The result is a history book that frequently reads like a novel and can be opened to any chapter. The great battles against the Scots and French and the subjugation of the Welsh make for thrilling reading but so do the equally enthralling struggles over succession, the Magna Carta, and the Provisions of Oxford. Written with prose that keeps the reader captivated throughout accounts of the span of centuries and the not-always-glorious trials of kingship, this book is at all times approachable, academic, and entertaining.

For enjoyable historical narratives, this book is a real winner. Majestic in its sweep, compelling in its storytelling, this is narrative history at its best. A thrilling dynastic history of royal intrigues, violent skullduggery, and brutal warfare across two centuries of British history.

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This is exhilarating history—a fresh and gloriously compelling portrait of a brilliant, brutal, and bloody-minded dynasty. I would defy anyone not to be right royally entertained by it.

This riveting history of an all-too-human ruling House amply confirms the arrival of a formidably gifted historian. This is a great popular history, whether you are au fait with the machinations of medievalism or whether Magna Carta mystifies you. The Plantagenets is proof that contemporary history can engage with the medieval world with style, wit and chutzpah.


Jones is an impressive guide to this tumultuous scene. The Plantagenets succeeds in bringing an extraordinary family arrestingly to life. The Plantagenets is a wonderful gallop through English history. Powerful personalities, vivid descriptions of battles and tournaments, ladies in fine velvet and knights in shining armour crowd the pages of this highly engaging narrative.

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The creators of this series are The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition In this gripping, vivid new book, Dan Jones brings the Plantagenets and their world back to life. 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.

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