This book is excellent. It gives a chronological run down of the pre-Plantagenet conditions in England and how this allowed the establishment of the dynasty all the way through to the last Plantagenet king, setting you up for the next part of English history. He gets the balance spot on regarding detail vs. pace of narration. There is enough detail in each monarch's story to truly understand their issues without being bogged down in every little detail. I bought this to understand the medieval history of England's monarchy (post conquest that is...) and this delivers it on all fronts. I now understand why certain monarchs are seen the way they are and have a clearer picture in my head of all those Henrys and Edwards of the era that sometimes get all jumbled around, as well as all those British characters from that era that you've heard of but can't place. Further to this, it's actually a very exciting and interesting set of events that the book describes. I don't really like saying it as it cheapens the real history of the English and those they interacted with but it has all the plot twists and intrigues of Game of Thrones, so it's entertaining as well as factual. To sum up - if you're interested in history and want a good read, this is 100% the book for you.
I was given a copy of The Plantagenets to read and give my honest opinion. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this title as I love reading about the English Kings and Queens. I was not disappointed. The book is a factual account of the life and times of the Kings who ruled England in the years from Henry II onward. Whilst this is an historical account, Dan Jones weaves a beautiful tale of war, famine, wealth, cruelty and trickery. The English Court during this era was certainly one for machinations. In addition, Jones gives you insights into the characters strengths and weaknesses, the ever changing political power of the Lords and the Church, and unimaginable turns of fate that changed the course of history. A really good account of an era more interesting than the Tudors.
A superb read, that flows almost like a novel . Each chapter of a bite sized length so it is one of those rare history books that you can just pick up for 10 minutes and not have to worry about finishing mid way through an important part. Definitely the best history book of the last year.