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The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Juli 2013

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'Stonking narrative history told with pace, wit and scholarship about the bloody dynasty that produced some of England's most brilliant, brutal kings' Observer 'Colourful and engaging ... Jones has produced an absorbing narrative that will help ensure that the Plantagenet story remains stamped on the English imagination' Sunday Times 'Unapologetically about powerful people, their foibles, their passions and their weaknesses ... vivid descriptions of battles and tournaments, ladies in fine velvet and knights in shining armour crowd the pages of this highly engaging narrative' Evening Standard 'Action-packed ... Filled with fighting, personality clashes, betrayal and bouts of the famous Plantagenet rage' Daily Telegraph 'Dan Jones expertly weaves an enormous medieval tapestry, ranging from the Middles East of Richard the Lionheart's Third Crusade to the battlefields of the Hundred Years War' Sunday Telegraph 'This is an unashamedly royal history and even the most insatiable appetite for chivalric deeds and aristocratic violence will be sated by its conclusion' Sunday Times

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Dan Jones took a first in History from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2002. He is an award-winning journalist and a pioneer of the resurgence of interest in medieval history. His first book on the Peasants' Revolt received widespread critical acclaim. This is his second book. He lives in London.

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This book enables the reader to join up the dots between the Plantagenet Kings, meaning that we are better able to assess the period more exactly. The language is well constructed and dresses bare facts with interesting snippets of information, this keeps the readers interest, but also gives the impression that the author was presenting the subject objectively.
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Bei historischen Büchern kann man zu Romanen oder Sachbüchern greifen. Romane nehmen sich oft Freiheiten mit der tatsächlichen Geschichte, je nach Gusto des Schreibenden, Sachbücher leiden oft stilistisch darunter, dass die Autoren keine fesselnde Schreibe haben.
Dan Jones gelingt dieser Spagat perfekt. "The Plantagenets" liest sich spannend und flüssig wie ein historischer Roman und bietet zugleich detaillierte Fakten über diese Epoche der englischen Geschichte. Behandelt wird die Zeit vom Untergang des "White Ship" bis zum ersten König der Lancaster, Henry IV. Dabei werden berühmte Persönlichkeiten wie Alienor von Aquitanien, Thomas Becket, Richard Löwenherz und Edward Longshanks (der König aus "Braveheart") ausführlich dargestellt.
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Mir war das Buch zu dick, zu umfangreich. Da ich keine Engländerin bin, war ich an so genauer Geschichtsschreibung, wer wann welche Schlacht mit welchem Ausgang geschlagen hat, war mir relativ egal.
Aber ich habe es pflichtgetreu zu Ende gelesen, fand manches interessant, manches langweilig.
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HASH(0xa0321c18) von 5 Sternen History that reads like fiction 26. Juli 2012
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The Plantagenets and their Queens sweep through history, not a dull one to be found. If they are not busy trying to take land from the French King or better yet be the French King, they are rushing off to a crusade, or taking time out to march on Scotland to subdue the rebellious inhabitants and extend their kingdom northwards. Enlarging their Kingdom was a major preoccupation for the Plantagenets.
They arranged marriages, changed and made laws, administered justice mainly to suite themselves.
This book gives you not only many personal insights into the lives of the monarch and his court but also the peasants who were continually being caught up in wars not of their making. They paid taxes, battled hunger,and high infant mortality they got slaughtered on the battlefield and at home if they were on the wrong side. When the Black Death reduced the number of skilled tradesmen to a few and they raised their rates the king legislated them down to pre plague rates.
The sheer savagery with which the Plantagenets dealt with any opposition, noble, peasant, or on occasion another wayward Plantagenet is horrifying.
One quibble, the author has Henry de Bohun challenge Bruce to single combat before Bannockburn, all other books I have read from Prebble to Caroline Bingham aggree that Bohun charged the King without warning, the King riding a palfrey was somewhat outmatched, however, he managed to cleave the Knights head in two and win the following battle.
Dan Jones has written an informative, entertaining, fast moving book you will not want to put down.
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HASH(0xa031afd8) von 5 Sternen Excellent 28. November 2012
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This is a great book that covers the history of English Kings from White Ship disaster which killed Henry I son William (and pretty much ended the Norman dynasty) and ends with Henry Bollingbrook's invasion and usurping of the throne from Richard II.

This is very much a kings, war and diplomacy book. It does not tell much about everyday life in medieval England. Instead it tells the hard facts of the Plantagenet dynasty from its beginning to end. The most surprising thing about the story is how few good kings England actually had. Really only Henry II an Edward III could be described as great kings and both of them left disastrous sons as heirs. Henry III was a religious flake who managed to get so cross ways with his barons he ended up being effectively disposed by Simon DeMonfort. Edward I, for all of his fame as conqueror of Wales and Hammer of the Scots, left the country bankrupt upon his death. And those two were not even particularly disastrous kings.

Then of course there were the truly bad kings. First and foremost was of course John. The book is very instructive in debunking myths about kings. John for all of his fearsome reputation, was no worse a tyrant than his father and older brother and actually did his best to run a fair judicial system (so much for the Robin Hood myth). But what John didn't do, that is brother and father did, was protect the realm. John suffered devastating military defeats at the hands of King Phillip losing Normandy. The loss of Normandy explains many of the problems later kings would have with their barons. Before John lost Normandy, the barons were a cross channel aristocracy who had every reason to support the Kings wars in France. After the loss of Normandy and deprived of their estates there, most English barons saw no reason to go to war in France or more importantly pay taxes so the King could do so. Yet every King felt the need to get the family empire back. And this issue was forever to get English kings in trouble with their barons.

What comes through is the incredible resiliency of the English state. Despite ruinous civil wars nearly every century, unimaginably expensive wars on the continent and with Wales and Scotland and outright tyranny and bankruptcy at home, England always persevered.

The book also debunks more than a few myths. DeMonfort was a chronic debtor who managed to take advantage of general dissatisfaction with Henry III religious flakiness and ineffective leadership. Edward III, despite his much deserved reputation as the greatest English medieval King, lost his health and vigor at the end of his life and started the rot that Richard II completed. The book sheds new light on every king and major political figure of the era.

Dan Jones has the three things that are necessary to write good history, the ability to tell a good story, an eye for detail, and most of all the ability to present historical figures as fully formed human beings rather than cartoons. Jones manages to give the reader an understanding of his subjects as people with strengths and faults and not just abstractions. Really one of the better books I have read in a while.
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HASH(0xa031a5b8) von 5 Sternen Medieval History of England from 10,000 Feet 18. April 2013
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Dan Jones spectacular new (to America) history of England's Plantagenet dynasty from its founding by Geoffrey of Anjou to Richard II's loss of the Crown to Henry of Bolingbroke, or 1120-1399. It was a span of English history that saw the signing of the Magna Carta, the conquest of Wales, and the first half of the Hundred Years' War. The Plantagenet kings included some of the most well known English monarchs (well known even here in America)--Richard the Lionheart, John, and Edward Longshanks. It also included less well known (at least by me), but equally important, monarchs--Henry II and Edward III. Of lesser repute were Henry III, Edward II, and Richard II (and Jones accepts the conventional wisdom that John belongs in that group).

Military tactics evolved from sieges led by mounted knights to pitched battles won by archers and dismounted men-at-arms. The two centuries saw not only the Magna Carta (and the Charter of the Forest) but a number of other, important charters (and the Magna Carta itself needed constant renewal against kings chafing under its yoke). We see English power erode in France and grown in Wales and Scotland.

Covering two centuries of history in a single volume is a tall order. Jones succeeds, but the task requires certain sacrifices nonetheless. The Plantagenets is a history of England, but it is one told through the eyes of its kings. The focus is on England's great battles and the struggle for power between the king and the barons. Jones does a particularly great job at tracking the progress of the great charters the barons forced out of successive kings. While the period covered saw the "strong elective element to kingship" be replaced by a more direct method, it conversely saw the devolution of power away from the king to the barons (and, later, beyond). Jones also goes well beyond that to show how England's legal institutions evolved over the same period (e.g., after 1178 the royal council was stationed permanently in Westminster to hear legal cases full-time instead of following the king wherever he went).

It also has enough battles, court intrigue, and salacious details to keep the narrative briskly moving along (George R.R. Martin likely got as much inspiration from his period as from the War of the Roses). This isn't one of those big, contextual histories, but Jones admirably manages to both cover a lot of ground and avoid leaving the reader confused.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary e-copy of The Plantagenets via NetGalley.
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HASH(0xa03371c8) von 5 Sternen Exhaustive 5. Februar 2013
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After hearing an enjoyable presentation by the author, I decided to try the book. As in the presentation the enthusiasm and the knowledge of the subject shine through. The anecdotes and sources make this an enjoyable and stimulating read. The subject matter is huge however and I found myself flagging towards the end and struggling to keep up with the dynasty developments. This is certainly my fault more than the authors but some charts along the way could have helped. A minor quibble for a whopping read.
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HASH(0xa0337360) von 5 Sternen A Brilliant Popular History 31. Mai 2013
Von J. R. Trtek - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I pretty much am in agreement with all the four- and five-star reviewers who preceded me here. This is not a scholarly work in the sense that it is exhaustive and documented. Instead, it is thoughtful and interpretive popular history in the best sense of that phrase. Jones' writing is direct, engaging and illuminating without becoming breezy and mannered. One gets a good feeling for the physical, political and cultural geography of the period; the personalities; and the everyday immediate environment. The chapters are relatively short and unified in purpose and theme. Maps and genealogies are placed at the beginning and easily referenced. I really can't fault the book in any major way, and I look forward to Jones carrying this story forward into the Wars of the Roses. Well done and highly recommended.
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