Demon's Brood

Demon's Brood

A History of the Plantagenet Dynasty

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, c2014
ISBN: 9781605986180
Branch Call Number: History 942.03 Sew


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Aug 01, 2017

For those interested on getting a good base of knowledge on the history of England and it's royals, this is a gripping little read. It profiles the Plantagenet dynasty which was established after the conquest of 1066 and ruled England for four hundred years until the Tudors replaced them after the horrors (and intrigues) of the Wars of the Roses. Many of these historical figures are household names; King (Prince) John who gave us the Magna Carta; his older brother Richard (the Lionhearted) who didn't speak a word of English, and the list goes on right on up through those made famous by the Bard. What's wonderful about this book is it draws portraits of the men enabling us to place them chronologically and distinct from one another; as these many Kings share just a few first names and just one last name I've always had difficulty distinguishing them! A fun read and a great starting place for those interested in British history.


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