The New York Occasions bestseller, from the creator of Crusaders, that tells the tale of Britain’s biggest and worst dynasty—“an actual-existence Game of Thrones” (The Wall Side road Journal)

The first Plantagenet kings inherited a blood-soaked realm from the Normans and remodeled it into an empire that stretched at its height from Scotland to Jerusalem. On this epic narrative historical past of braveness, treachery, ambition, and deception, Dan Jones resurrects the unruly royal dynasty that preceded the Tudors. They produced England’s very best and worst kings: Henry II and his spouse Eleanor of Aquitaine, two times a queen and essentially the most well-known girl in Christendom; their son Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin within the 3rd Campaign; and his conniving brother King John, who used to be compelled to provide his folks new rights underneath the Magna Carta, the foundation for our personal invoice of rights. Combining the recent educational analysis with a present for storytelling, Jones vividly recreates the nice battles of Bannockburn, Crécy, and Sluys and divulges how the maligned kings Edward II and Richard II met their downfalls. That is the generation of chivalry and the Black Dying, the Knights Templar, the founding of parliament, and the Hundred Years’ Struggle, whilst England’s nationwide identification used to be cast through the sword.