The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to grant the Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights. This is the era of chivalry, Robin Hood, and the Knights Templar, the era of the Black Death, the Black Prince, the founding of Parliament, and the Hundred Years’ War.
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Reads like a novel!
Love love love this!!!
Throughly enjoyable writing, but. . .
I enjoyed the book. I like Dan Jones's narration style and his through explanations for the complex politics of the times and the way he pulls everything together. I've seen some of him in YouTube documenteries and it was nice to see it in his writing as well as on TV. I gained a more through understanding of English history during this period
The main thing that brings this down for me is the guy reading the book. He's so flat and emotionless that it sometimes throws me out of the story Mr. Jones is telling and he makes even some of the more exciting aspects of the story sound boring.
Captivating writing style. All the detail I ever wanted. Came away feeling I knew each of these kings and queens personally.
What exhaustive research! Have been through this book 3 times, and a joy each time. Wonderful