• The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
  • The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
  • The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
ISBN: 0143127888
EAN13: 9780143127888
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 6, 2015
Pages: 416
Dimensions: 1.26" H x 8.35" L x 5.43" W
Weight: 0.84 lbs.
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The bestselling author of Crusaders and presenter of Netflix's Secrets of Great British Castles offers a vivid account of the events that inspired Game of Thrones and Shakespeare's Henry IV and Richard I

Discover the real history behind The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, the PBS Great Performance series of Shakespeare's plays, starring Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sofie Okenedo and Hugh Bonneville.

The crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. In this riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors.

Some of the greatest heroes and villains of history were thrown together in these turbulent times, from Joan of Arc and Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt marked the high point of the medieval monarchy, to Richard I, who murdered his own nephews in a desperate bid to secure his stolen crown. This was a period when headstrong queens and consorts seized power and bent men to their will. With vivid descriptions of the battles of Towton and Bosworth, where the last Plantagenet king was slain, this dramatic narrative history revels Read More chevron_right

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5
   Excellent Follow Up to The Plantagenets
I read his previous book, The Plantagenets, which was excellent and read like a well paced novel with excellent narrative. This volume, which bridges the span between the Plantagenets and the Tudors, picked right where the first book left off. Jones does an excellent job of bringing all players to life, giving them texture and drawing them into the story, as opposed to a dry recitation of dates and facts. His ability to bring the story to life is excellent and I hope to see more from him in the future. I currently have Ackroyd's Tudors on my shelf and am looking forward to reading this one, with the hope that he does as well as Jones. If you enjoy British or royal history, the Wars of the Roses will not disappoint you and provide a rich telling of that time.
 
5
   A more than worthy follow up to Jones' excellent book about the Norman French
A more than worthy follow-up to Jones'excellent book about the Norman French The Plantagenets The Warrior Kings, who made England. I read this first. I enjoy reading about medieval history and was hardly able to put either book down.
 
4
   Well written account, not the author's fault but some ...
Well written account, not the author's fault, but sometimes difficult to follow who is who when titles were stripped from one king's supporters and given to his enemies. Does give Scant read to the princes in the tower and completely ignores that in fact the person who had just as much to gain from their disappearance, was Henry VII in fact.
 
5
   I enjoy the way he presents history almost in the form ...
This was the second book by Dan Jones that I read. I enjoy the way he presents history almost in the form of a novel, not just dry facts. I am reading the next book about the Tudor now and it is just as interesting.
 
4
   Great read! Couldn't put it down
Couldn 't put it down. Sometimes it is a little difficult to keep track of the supporting cast, but not a real problem. Having a powerful king is probably not a great way to lead a hereditary country!
 
5
   the best War of the Roses book
If you enjoy English history or are interested in the War of the Roses, you will enjoy this book. I found it much better than Wier's book, which was a tad tedious ''.
 
5
   A good read.
A well told story. Recommended for anyone who enjoys reading history and for anyone who wondered how the British Royal family became so complicated.
 
5
   War of the Rose's a fabulous tale...and a real one to boot!
I enjoy non-fiction histories, but some can become tedious in spots or entangled retelling events, this is NOT one of those volumes. Mr. Jones keeps this very well-documented version moving along with interesting sidebars, vibrant descriptive passages, recounting climatic or dramatic events of this time of tumultuous English history. If you have an interest in the English aristocracy of that time, even the European monarchies, but have shied away from the 3 and 4 volume works, this one by Dan Jones fits perfectly. Thoughtfully included are maps of the times showing lands held, territories in addition to nice genealogy trees that you can easily refer to. In all, very readable, beautifully written while transporting back into time of bloody intrigues, glorious yet savage battles, victories, savage chapeaus, and at times a palpable sense of the times, the people and life in the 1400s.
 
5
   I would recommend this to any one interested in English history
I would recommend this to anyone interested in English history. The turns and twists of history are stranger than any fiction that you will ever read and that is no bull.
 
5
   Excellent
Plantagenets'War of Roses is a sensational sequel to his history of Dan Jones. I have seen some reviews mumble about confusion over an extensive amount of personages mentioned within, however I personally had no such issues and I suspect those who did are very unfamiliar with the nature of medieval medieval English politics and the intricate patchwork of numerous lords spread over medievallate medieval England. I highly recommend '' this book.
 
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