The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors

The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors

by Dan Jones
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The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones

The bestselling author of The Plantagenets and Magna Carta and presenter of Netflix’s Secrets of Great British Castles offers a vivid account of the events that inspired Game of Thrones and Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Richard III

Discover the real history behind The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, the PBS Great Performance series of Shakespeare's plays, coming December 2016, staring Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sofie Okenedo and Hugh Bonneville.  

Also look for Dan Jones' The Templars in September 2017! 

The crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. In this riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors.

Some of the greatest heroes and villains of history were thrown together in these turbulent times, from Joan of Arc and Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt marked the high point of the medieval monarchy, to Richard III, who murdered his own nephews in a desperate bid to secure his stolen crown. This was a period when headstrong queens and consorts seized power and bent men to their will. With vivid descriptions of the battles of Towton and Bosworth, where the last Plantagenet king was slain, this dramatic narrative history revels in bedlam and intrigue. It also offers a long-overdue corrective to Tudor propaganda, dismantling their self-serving account of what they called the Wars of the Roses.
“If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones or The Tudors then Dan Jones’ swashbucklingly entertaining slice of medieval history will be right up your alley… Every bit as entertaining and readable as his previous blockbuster The Plantagenets.” – Daily Express

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670026678
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dan Jones is the author of The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queen Who Made England, a #1 international bestseller and New York Times bestseller, and Wars of the Roses, which charts the story of the fall of the Plantagenet dynasty and improbable rise of the Tudors. He writes and presents the popular Netflix series “Secrets of Great British Castles” and appeared alongside George R.R. Martin in the DVD for Game of Thrones to discuss its historical antecedents. He is also the author of Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty and Summer of Blood: England’s First Revolution and is working on a history of the Knights Templar due out in September 2017.

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The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
fivekids More than 1 year ago
Only a complete fool would give this book one star for the reasons stated by the other reviewers. This is a fantastic book. (See, I actually READ IT, unlike the other two reviewers.) The part about Richard III killing his nephews occupies about 5 pages of the entire volume.  The author states simply that the person with the most to gain by their deaths was Richard himself, which gives him motive and, since it was he who had them imprisoned in  the Tower in the first place, opportunity. That'd be enough to get him indicted today, if not convicted. So enough of the Tudor-hating conspiracy theories please. Richard did it.  And Mr. Jones has written a great follow up to his "The Plantagenets". READ IT, and enjoy.
surferdog More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding book. Dan Jones is right up there with the great authors of popular history. As an American, I often find English history  confusing. Dan Jones makes his subject clear,. He explains  all the intrigue of this period but also explains how the Kings and Nobles effected England as a whole. I believe the writers  who gave this book poor reviews must be members of a group seeking to rehabilitate King Richard's legacy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read. That's all I'll say. It's a brilliant book that retells the conflict starting and the very beginning, going deep into its origins and ending with the execution of a prominent York member and the accession of the last Tudor Queen and how the imagery of the wars of the roses was used there. The Tudors as a dynasty were not well established and it was important they used whatever imagery they could come up with to legitimize their claim. The iconography which gave birth to the term Wars of the Roses. And how it is very wrong. White rose vs red rose. The Yorks vs Lancasters. Good vs Evil. A common theme we see in every book but it's not applicable to history and much less to this history. He makes a point of how each side had more than one symbol and those were very inter-changeable. Another feature you'll love is that he sets the record straight on Richard III and Henry VII who are often pinned against each other in a good vs evil-like struggle. But the two were very complex figures and men of their times who could be kind and just to their friends and family, and in Richard's case with the people as well, but having witnessed brutality firsthand when they were very young, they could also be very ruthlesd.
55T-Bird More than 1 year ago
Dan Jones is an outstanding writer of history! After I finished reading his book on the Plantagenet kings, I was so wrapped up in this story of the kings of England that I had to read the next installment, War of the Roses, as soon as possible. Dan Jones introduces all of the key characters in such a way that it is easy to follow their history through several generations and to understand how all these distant branches of the Plantagenet line impacted the course of events in England. And there is definitely enough conspiracy and intrigue to make this a page-turner for readers who enjoy history. Also, to counter the 1-star reviewers that state that Jones inaccurately maligned Richard III for the murder of the princes– well, both reviewers admitted that they did not and would not read the book which makes their assessment worthless. Having actually read the book, I felt that Dan Jones impartially presented all of the viable theories as well as the merits and deficiencies of each one. Based on how they ruled, he also shows that both Richard III and Henry Tudor could be equally as magnanimous and noble as they were vindictive and cruel. Excellent book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Dan Jones brings us right into the hearts and souls of the Plantagenets. His exhaustive research pays off, in his retelling of in my humble opinion, the most fascinating dynasty to rule England. I find Dan Jones style of writing brilliant, and never dull or dry reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plantagenet story has survived for years and still pulls in an Interest . Few tales can hold such a strong interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A confusing war(s), turned into fascinating reading. A great follow up to The Plantagenets.
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2989192 3 months ago
Excellent read. Informative, historically accurate, and quite interesting!
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I won't read this book because it perpetuates the falsehood that Richard killed his nephews. This myth was created by the Tudors because Henry VII sought legitimacy to the throne through his marriage to Edward IV's daughter Elizabeth. But all three of Edward's children were declared bastards by proof of Edward's prior marriage. Richard had no need to kill his nephews, but Henry did. It was only through the desth of the princes that their sister gained any  claim to the throne. This is one myth of the Tudors that this author fell for
andreatodd More than 1 year ago
I am grateful to the anonymous reviewer who alerted me to the bias against Richard III in this book and who also summarized so succinctly the question of Henry Tudor's very strong motive for wanting the little princes out of the way. Shakespeare's depiction of Richard III as an evil, nephew-killing hunchback is derived from Thomas More's book, "The History of King Richard III," and since More was a protege at an early age of the Tudor right-hand man John Morton (of the famous "Morton's Fork," which filled Henry VII's coffers), the most charitable excuse for his absurd caricature is that he was raised surrounded by Tudor apologists. I also will not waste my time and money on this book. I'll probably skip the TV series as well.