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The Demon's Brood [Hardcover]

Desmond Seward
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20 Mar 2014

The Plantagenets reigned over England longer than any other family - from Henry II, to Richard III. Four kings were murdered, two came close to deposition and another was killed in a battle by rebels. Shakespeare wrote plays about six of them, further entrenching them in the National Myth.

Based on major contemporary sources and recent research, acclaimed historian Desmond Seward provides the first readable overview of the whole extraordinary dynasty, in one volume.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (20 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780331770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780331775
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Last White Rose:

History as compelling as any novel.


This is a big ballsy history of the sort that is seldom written in these nuanced days, and Seward reminds us of a style that has been all-but lost in this thundering account of the Plantagenet family - from 999 when Count Fulk burnt his young wife in her wedding dress, through 500 years to the man he calls the "suicide king", Richard III. Best of all, and typical of this vivid opinionated history, is the postscript at the end of every reign when the author - who has not minced his words in the previous chapter - gives a magisterial summing up of the progress so far.. The general reader will find this book invaluable for filling in gaps of knowledge and putting a vivid story to a previously unknown monarch. It is a dramatic and page-turning history taking in the loss of the Norman inheritance, and then the shifting ownership of the "English" lands in France during the Hundred Years' War. Seward's description of the battle of Agincourt is particularly vivid . this is the medieval world - populated with heroes and seductresses, gods and murderers -and few know it better than Desmond Seward (Philippa Gregory)

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A Plantagenet galllery, from Black Fulk to Bosworth Field.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars typos! 17 April 2014
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V disappointing typos in the family trees and the text. Amazing carelessness really. And some clunky sentences and grammar. I don't think this books adds much to understanding the period and concentrates on the personalities of the kings with minimum info on other people. It doesn't seem to make a case for this family displaying the same characteristics of madness, eccentricity or anything to justify the title and premise of the book.
It is a good night time read and after a few pages I'm dropping off but I can't recommend, sorry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but shallow 5 May 2014
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This is a brief run through of the Plantagenet period....a bit repetitive and no real analysis of the whys and wherefores...but makes a good introduction for those who may want to explore further
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Average read to be honest. The book just does not flow well it reads like a series of statements that in parts becomes Boring. For a riveting read it does not even come close to Dan Jones "The Plantagenets" , now Dan's book is spellbinding. The research is spectacular and the story told in such a way you are literally hooked. A much more superior read. Sorry Desmond Steward but this book is a little dull.
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Fantastic book chronicling the lives of England's' powerful Plantagenent dynasty. Seward's' superb narrative focuses in turn upon each monarch high-lighting each monarch's strengths and weaknesses. Great rip-roaring history conducted at a frenetic pace that will leave you breathless with anticipation. I certainly recommend this book for a comprehensive and humorous read! Book arrived early and extremely well packaged. Book brand-spanking new and Amazon again score a well deserved five star rating.
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