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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.
The Plantagenets
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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2012.
ISBN: 0670026654
9780670026654
Characteristics: xxv, 534 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm

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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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