The Plantagenets

The Plantagenets

The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

Book - 2013
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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, [2013]
ISBN: 9780670026654
Branch Call Number: 942.0309 PLANTAG JONES
Characteristics: xxv, 534 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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IndyPL_JordanH Feb 23, 2019

If you like Game of Thrones, you should have fun with this- and learn about stuff that actually happened, too! A quick-paced history that focuses on the lives of the Plantagenet and English Angevin dynasties, this book is packed with drama. Want to learn about the prince who went to war with his father the king after his younger brothers poured a piss pot over his head in front of the royal court? It's here... Want to learn about the real life of Edward "Longshanks" and how different it was from the Hollywood fantasy told in Braveheart? He's here... Would you like to read tales of how villains became heroes and heroes became villains? It's here...

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 06, 2019

This is a really great example of engagingly-written history, though it is long enough that it still requires a bit of patience. Fortunately, the subject manner is fascinating: the Plantagenets were truly bonkers, and they often don't get enough attention because of how much we as a society are obsessed with the Tudors who succeeded them. However, for my money, the Plantagenets were even more interesting -- murder! betrayal! husbands basically putting their wives in prison! still-unsolved historical mysteries! Dan Jones does a great job of keeping all the characters straight for you, and while the page count is daunting, I think it's totally worth it.

Sep 04, 2017

I wanted to like this more than I did. It is too text book-ish for me. LOTS of information re wars/battles and the taxes and fees needed to pay for said wars. There is one point where the author mentions King John's new, much younger wife, who was pregnant. What? Who was she...what happened to his first wife/queen...who we didn't know anyways? How/why did he [or any of the kings] choose their queen? Yet, the author will gladly tell you, in great detail, how some people were killed and what was done with the various parts of their body.

Apr 21, 2017

This refers to the audio book version. This is probably one of the best examples of a wonderful book that is completely ruined by the monotonous radio like tone of the narrator!!! He can seriously put you to sleep!!!

Nov 09, 2016

Great book about the Plantagenets Kings in England from Henry II to Richard II. Easy to read, short chapters, lots going on with some truly bad Kings and Queens to other dynamic and charismatic individuals. I recently watched author Dan Jones DVD about the Platangents (very good) but he skipped over some important rulers, the book is more thorough and sets up perfectly for his next novel about the War of the Roses.

Mar 17, 2015

Reads like a saga of a highly dysfunctional, power mad family. Yet Jones's goal is much more than that of the chronicler of a family dynasty, as he charts the growth of England politically, militarily, and economically over the course of about 250 years. Over that time, England grew from a fragile fiefdom "belonging" to whatever king could hold it to a polity where the King and Crown were separate entities. The failure of King John at Magna Carta in 1215 was a stumbling first step toward the development of constitutional monarchy, where king and parliament considered the good of the realm together. That's in the ideal, of course, and there were many slips, of greed, irresponsibility, mental illness, as well as the effects of kings who came to the throne too young, without wise, disinterested advisers. An incredible read. I've got "The Wars of the Roses" on hold.

Jan 04, 2014

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

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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