The author of the New York Times best-seller The Plantagenets chronicles the next chapter in British history - the actual historical backdrop for Game of Thrones. The 15th century saw the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history. The crown of England changed hands five times as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. Now, 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 in history were thrown together in these turbulent times - from Joan of Arc and Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt and prudent rule marked the high point of the medieval English monarchy, to Richard III, who stole the throne and murdered his own nephews, the princes in the Tower. It is also a period of headstrong and resilient women - Margaret of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort - who were not afraid to seize power and bend men to their will. With vivid descriptions of the battles of Towton and Bosworth, where the last Plantagenet king was slain, this is a bold and dramatic narrative history that will delight listeners who like their history with a healthy dose of bedlam, romance, and intrigue.
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I'm a person who loves history, but finds wars less then interesting. I stumbled upon this book, and debated on whether to get it or not. I ADORED the author's previous book, the Plantagenets, and had eagerly awaited the sequel, but when I saw this, I wavered. The War of the Roses never really interested me. I thought it was just some battles between warring families over succession.
Boy, was I ever wrong. This book is just as good and fascinating as the previous. War actually takes up a small part of the story. There's so much going on other then just fighting, and the author tells it in such a comprehensive and interesting way, that it's hard not to get hooked.