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Unputdownable is what it is,
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This review is from: The Plantagenets (Hardcover)
Dan Jones makes it clear to the reader in his intro that this history of the Plantagenets is a long read, but he isn't apologetic and neither should he be because this is a thrilling, informative, enthralling experience. If we have preferences in reading then I would say I am a reader of literary fiction and poetry who likes to read narrative history as a change. I have tried Alison Weir, David Starkey, Leanda de Lisle and scholarly historians such as Eric Ives and Eamon Duffy etc but I enjoyed this more than any of the others. Dan Jones tells a brilliant story of the kings with verve, energy and intelligence. He manages to pull of the trick of conveying the canvas of historical events with exhilarating insights into character, political power and the often absurd fatefulness of events. I suppose I'm trying to say that in trying to engage the reader with the drama of history he doesn't sacrifice the more challenging aspects of historical research. He actually made me feel really clever and well-informed.I'd really recommend this exciting, fresh, compelling piece of work. If you can imagine most historical narratives as a pot-boiler of a series made for ITV, then this is the one made for HBO by the creative team behind The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, The Wire etc. Does that make any sense ? Forget it, read this book !.
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2014 09:05:44 GMT
J. P. Ellison says:
This is one of the most encouraging reviews I've read on Amazon. I've actually purchased this book off the back of this review alone, so it best be good, Jeffries.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2014 12:42:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2014 12:43:16 GMT
And was it? I agree about the review: it is vivid, and I am buying the book, too, though I did medieval history A level, so I would probably have purchased anyway.
Posted on 6 Dec 2014 09:54:14 GMT
Kindle Customer says:
I simply have to buy it. My historical knowledge starts with the Tudors and now it is time to dig deeper.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2015 17:40:59 BDT
M. Jefferies says:
Hi JP, I really hope you enjoyed the book. Mark.
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