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Realm Divided
07 Apr 2016 * PAPERBACK * £8.99 * 9781781858837

A vivid, in-the-round portrait of English society in the year of Magna Carta.

Non Fiction / HBLC (Medieval History)
Extent: 304 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm Illus: 16pp colour illus
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Realm Divided: A Year in the Life of Plantagenet Englandby Dan Jones

1215 – the penultimate year of the reign of a king with the worst reputation of any in our history – saw England engulfed by crisis.

Weakened by the loss of Normandy, King John faced insurrection by his disgruntled barons. With the assistance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, they drew up a list of their demands. In June, in a quiet Thames-side water-meadow, John attached his regal seal – under oath – to a charter that set limits on regal power. In return, the barons renewed their vows of fealty. Groundbreaking though 'Magna Carta' was, it had scant immediate impact as England descended into civil war that would still be raging when John died the following year.

Dan Jones's vivid account of the vicissitudes of feudal power politics and the workings of 13th-century government is interwoven with a exploration of the lives of ordinary people: how and where they worked, what they wore, what they ate, and what role the Church played in their lives.

Dan Jones is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer and historian, whose books have sold more than one million copies worldwide. He is the author of ten nonfiction books, including The Templars and The Plantagenets. He has written and presented more than 60 hours of TV documentaries. He has a deal with Sony Pictures International to produce a historical drama series based on Essex Dogs. Dan's award-winning journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines all over the world, and he was for ten years a columnist at the London Evening Standard. He lives near London with his family.

'Wonderfully engaging ... commanding and piercingly insightful. His book is packed with moments that make you stop in your tracks' Daily Telegraph

'A very colourful and entertaining volume' The Bookbag

'Jones has a terrific eye for humanising stories and the telling detail ... it is the snapshots of life as it was lived that make this book so engaging' Daily Telegraph

'An insightful overview of the state of England 800 years ago' History Revealed Book of the Month

'Jones expertly guides us through this turbulent period and sheds fascinating light on life in Plantagenet England' The Irish Mail

'Jones writes in a very readable style' Battlefield Magazine

'Jones is to be congratulated for telling his story with panache and originality. He deserves to be widely read' BBC History Magazine

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