Friday 22 March 2013

Friday Recommends..

Penguin Group Viking
April  18 2013

The Plantagenets


This is a well written and informative look at the lives of the Kings and Queens who  ruled England during the turbulent years of Plantagenet supremacy. Starting with the catastrophic sinking of the White Ship in 1120 with the loss of Henry I's male heir, and continuing through to the demise of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, the whole of the Plantagenet dynasty is set out in easy to read and nicely arranged sections.

It's a long book, coming in at well over 500 pages, but it is one of those delightful history books which you can easily dip into and out of at whim, and if you have a passion for the middle ages, you will find that all the major historical players are nicely contained and easy to find.

As my interest in reading historical fiction borders on the obsessive, this is definitely one of those books that will have  a special place on my book shelf.

About the Author

Dan Jones is a historian and award-winning columnist for the Evening Standard. A graduate of Cambridge University, where he was a star student of David Starkey, he is one of the most gifted British historians of his generation. He lives in London. 

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My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Group Viking for an ecopy of this book to review.

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