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The Plantagenets

The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
Jones, Dan (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this history, Jones resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world.
Authors: Jones, Dan, 1981-
Title: The Plantagenets
the warrior kings and queens who made England
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2012.
Characteristics: xxv, 534 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Originally published: Great Britain : HarperCollins, 2012, with the subtitle The kings who made England.
Contents: pt. 1. Age of shipwreck (1120-1154)
The White Ship ; Hunt for an heir ; The shipwreck ; Ambition ; A scandalous wife ; Henry the Conqueror
pt. 2. Age of empire (1154-1204)
Births and rebirth ; L'espace Plantagenet ; Unholy war ; Succession planning ; The eagle's nest ; Henry triumphant ; A world on fire ; King Richard ; Hero of the east ; Treachery ; An unexpected detour ; Return of the Lionheart ; Lackland supreme ; John Softsword ; Triumph and catastrophe ; Lackland undone
pt. 3. Age of opposition (1204-1263)
Salvaging the wreck ; A cruel master ; Beginning of the end ; To Bouvines ; The Magna Carta ; Securing the inheritance ; Kingship at last ; Holy kingship ; The provisions of Oxford ; The Battle of Lewes ; From imprisonment to Evesham ; The leopard
pt. 4. Age of Arthur (1263-1307)
King at last ; A new Arthur ; The final stand ; The king's castles ; The price of conquest ; The expulsion of the Jews ; The great cause and French trickery ; The conquest of Scotland ; Crisis point ; Relapse
pt. 5. Age of violence (1307-1330)
The king and his brother ; The king restrained ; Manhunt ; Promise and disaster ; New favorites ; Civil war ; The king's tyranny ; Mortimer, Isabella, and Prince Edward ; Endgame ; False dawn
pt. 6. Age of glory (1330-1360)
Royal coup ; Glorious king of a beggared kingdom ; New earls, new enemies ; The Hundred Years War begins ; Edward at sea ; Dominance ; The death of a princess ; The Order of the Garter ; Decade of triumph
pt. 7. Age of revolution (1360-1399)
The family business ; Unraveling fortunes ; The good parliament ; New king, old problems ; England in uproar ; Return to crisis ; Treason and trauma ; The reinvention of kingship ; Richard revenged ; Richard undone ; Richard alone ; Epilogue.
Summary: The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this history, Jones resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world.
Local Note: 1 6 15 17 18 53 76 80 109 118 133 138 148 152 167 172 216 226 231 242 243 244 250
ISBN: 0670026654
9780670026654
Statement of Responsibility: Dan Jones
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 511-517) and index.
Subject Headings: Great Britain Politics and government 1154-1399. Great Britain Kings and rulers Biography. Great Britain History Plantagenets, 1154-1399. Plantagenet, House of.
LCCN: 2012039998
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Jan 04, 2014
  • sess430 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you enjoy reading engaging accounts of England's kings, then you'll like this book covering the first 250 years of the early rulers following the rule of William the Conqueror. It describes many battles with the French & Scots, dysfunctional family squabbles, struggles over succession, the Magna Carta and much more. I finished reading it right when the local PBS station aired the 3-part series titled: "She Wolves: England's Early Queens." I really enjoyed the part about 3 of the queens described in the book: Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Isabella.

Jan 01, 2014
  • coly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favourite book for 2013, and I prefer fiction. Seriously, you cannot make this stuff up. Well written in contemporary english, captivating from page one. Looking forward to Jones' next book about the war of the roses.

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