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Powers and Thrones
Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages by Dan Jones

The instant Sunday Times bestseller

A Times, New Statesman and Spectator Book of the Year

'Simply the best popular history of the Middle Ages there is' Sunday Times

'An audacious, entertaining page-turner. Dan Jones covers a thousand years of history with elegance and panache' Dan Carlin, Hardcore History

'Dan Jones is in a class of his own ... Read this book to wrap your head around 1,000 years of history with as much ease and enjoyment as relaxing into a good novel' Professor Suzannah Lipscomb

'A badass history writer... to put it mildly Duff McKagan

Dan Jones's epic new history tells nothing less than the story of how the world we know today came to be built. It is a thousand-year adventure that moves from the ruins of the once-mighty city of Rome, sacked by barbarians in AD 410, to the first contacts between the old and new worlds in the sixteenth century. It shows how, from a state of crisis and collapse, the West was rebuilt and came to dominate the entire globe. The book identifies three key themes that underpinned the success of the West: commerce, conquest and Christianity.

Across 16 chapters, blending Dan Jones's trademark gripping narrative style with authoritative analysis, Powers and Thrones shows how, at each stage in this story, successive western powers thrived by attracting – or stealing – the most valuable resources, ideas and people from the rest of the world. It casts new light on iconic locations – Rome, Paris, Venice, Constantinople – and it features some of history's most famous and notorious men and women.

This is a book written about – and for – an age of profound change, and it asks the biggest questions about the West both then and now. Where did we come from? What made us? Where do we go from here?

Also available in audio, read by the author.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Medieval History
02 Sep 2021 * 720pp * £25 * 9781789543537
REVIEWS
'A terrifically colourful and compelling narrative history ... A hugely impressive achievement, bustling and sizzling with life on every page ... This is now simply the best popular history of the Middle Ages there is'
Sunday Times
'An audacious, entertaining page-turner. Dan Jones covers a thousand years of history with elegance and panache'
Dan Carlin, Hardcore History
'Dan Jones is in a class of his own ... Read this book to wrap your head around 1,000 years of history with as much ease and enjoyment as relaxing into a good novel'
Professor Suzannah Lipscomb
'A badass history writer... to put it mildly'
Duff McKagan
'Jones is careful to entertain, as well as enlighten ... Flashes of humour exist on the same page as academic rigour ... Copious colour plates turn Powers and Thrones into a great gift, as well as a great read'
Aspects of History
'An epic new history of the Middle Ages, which grippingly chronicles the forces that defined the period – and which would go on to shape ours'
Huffington Post
'This gripping history manages to bring novelty to a well-trod subject, spanning the Dark Ages and the globe. Traversing crises and empires and shedding new light on famous subjects, this archive of a fascinating time enthralls till the final page'
Newsweek Magazine
'I've never read such a comprehensive and storming history of the Middle Ages, nor am I ever likely to again. Crusaders swept me away, but this? This is electric: pumping energy into an era glossed over ... Literally, I was in tears at the end; I didn't want the storytelling to end'
David Learner (Toppings Booksellers, Ely)
'A rip-roaring read and exhilarating to the very end'
International Times
'Casts a new light on places such as Rome, Paris, Venice and Constantinople; and it features some of history's most notorious and famous men and women'
Bexhill-on-Sea Observer
'Despite the sweeping subject matter, Jones's reading feels relaxed as he delights in peculiar details and revels in witty asides ... [darting] through the middle ages, from the Romans to the rise of Islamic empires'
Guardian
'With his trademark narrative style, Dan Jones packs the thousand years between the fall of the Roman Empire [...] and the protestant Reformation into 16 chapters'
Choice
'From Rome to Paris, Venice to Constantinople, this gripping historical narrative touches on some of history's most famous and notorious men and women, while asking exactly how the West came to be the way it is. And you thought the perfect dad gift didn't exist'
Stylist
'Tells the story of an essential era of world history with skill and style'
New York Times
'Masterly, muscular and direct'
New Statesman
'A great achievement, pulling together many strands with aplomb'
Spectator
'Ambitious but brilliant'
Catholic Herald
'Cumbersome analysis is never allowed to ruin great stories. It's so delightful to encounter a skilled historian of such enormous energy who's never afraid of being entertaining'
The Times
Author
Dan Jones
Dan Jones
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.
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