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on 1 May 2014
Each Plantagenet King and the period of his reign is chronicalised in the book. This is good as a starting point for wider reading of this period in History.
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on 14 October 2014
Very happy with my purchase!
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on 8 April 2014
Puts the Plantagenet kings in perpective. You can pick and choose further specific reading and see how details embelish the overall picture.
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on 13 August 2013
Fast delivery and a very interesting book that put the events of the period in context. Also helps understand the TV series The White Queen.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2015
As the title suggests, this is an introduction into the lives and reigns of all the kings of England between 1154 and 1485. Women become peripheral. Even the enigmatic Eleanour of Aquitaine is only given a few mentions, and there is not even an analysis of how she married Henry II.

Having said that, the narrative is always interesting and easy-to-follow. Many reviwers of historical books often complain because they cannot follow the narrative because of the similarity of names. But this is always to be expected. History is always hard work. If you want any easy read, stick to 'The Sun' or Mills & Boon! The author does an excellent job of following all the policies and personalities in 331 years covered. More experienced readers, however, may require more analysis.

The four stars (as opposed to five) is really because we find yet another historian pandering to the pro-Jewish perspective, just like Dan Jones did in his similar book on the same topic. Maybe all these historians are all afraid of the ADL Gestapo. Thus we are infromed that the Jews (under Richard I) "performed a valuable service as money-lenders". In fact, this service was so "valuable" that we are also informed, "but the Jews were never popular."

The author forgot to mention the fact that Magna Carta (under John) only a few years later specifically mentioned people being victimised (financially) by the Jews. Later we are also told that "Henry [III] imposed a tax on the Jews (always an easy target)." Not so these days where well-known court Jews like Philip Green, Andrew Feldman and Grant Schapps do nothing but avoid tax the rest of us have to pay!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2015
very intresting read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
good aide memoire
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on 27 October 2012
I saw this book at the Canterbury Cathedral bookshop several months ago but didn't buy it because of the heavy weight (I was on a trip). I also thought it was not sufficiently detailed enough to satisfy my curiosity about Medieval England although it was filled with many beautiful pictures. Since then, I have been reading several books about Kings of the House of Plantagenet (A Great and Terrible King by Marc Morris, The Plantagenets by Dan Jones, etc.) and felt this book will complement those written words well and I have not been disappointed. Many reviewers have already provided details of the book so I will not go into it. Just want to say that if you are interested in this particular period or having been reading about Medieval England, this beautiful, all-coloured illustrated book will make your study even more delightful. I literally love it.
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on 26 November 2014
Very good book.
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on 1 July 2014
easy reading
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