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The Wars of the Roses

The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors

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The author of the New York Times bestseller The Plantagenets and The Templars chronicles the next chapter in British history—the historical backdrop for Game of Thrones

The inspiration for the Channel 5 series Britain's Bloody Crown

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 to Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt marked the high point of the medieval monarchy, and Richard III, 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 in bedlam and intrigue. It also offers a long-overdue corrective to Tudor propaganda, dismantling their self-serving account of what they called the Wars of the Roses.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 25, 2014 – It's not often that a book manages to be both scholarly and a page-turner, but British historian Jones succeeds on both counts in this entertaining follow-up to his bestselling The Plantagenets (currently in production as a television miniseries). Previously, Jones explored the Plantagenets' rise to power, while here he examines their destruction. He begins in 1422 when Henry V dies, leaving the throne to an infant, and continues for the next 100 years through the reign of Henry VIII. Following Henry VI's descent into madness and the utter collapse of royal authority, dynastic "wars of politics and personality" erupted as England's elite families fought over the throne. Jones breathes new life into an oft-told account of how the crown changed hands five times before a young Welshman with a dubious claim wrested it from Richard III in 1485. Only during a period of utter chaos, Jones argues, could the Tudors have risen so high so quickly. But, he contends, due to their weak claim, they were forced to annihilate the Plantagenets, going so far as Henry VIII having the elderly Margaret de la Pole executed in 1541. Jones sets a new high-water mark in the current revisionism of the Tudor era.

Customer Reviews

Very Good

I'm an American so my British history is a little vague. My bloodline comes from Yorkshire. It is interesting to know what my ancestors experienced at this point in history and I'm amazed at what people will do to gain power. I think there were a lot of reasons for all this bloodshed. I believe you can start with the weak rule of Henry VI. I will learn more by reading Jones book on the Plantagenets. Also need to read more on Richard III. Very nicely done. Even an ignorant American can learn details of British medieval history. Jones, keep moving along through time, I'll get up to scratch on British history eventually.

Brilliant & comprehensive

Dan Jones has the gift of storytelling with academic precision and genuine enthusiasm. If you love English Royal history you will love this book. Same goes for The Plantagenets.

The Wars of the Roses
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Europe
  • Published: Oct 14, 2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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