The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

I really enjoyed this book. I hate that it took me so long to get through but that is the price I pay for reading more than one book at once. I have already bought the second book, The Wars of the Roses , but haven’t had a chance to start it yet.

The book flowed really well from one topic into another. It manages to straddle the line between the big picture and the details. Each section has a theme and then each chapter has an in-depth discussion of events that fit within the theme. This moves the narrative of history along while still addressing the overarching theme. It is a great introduction to the British Medieval time period from the view of the royalty.

My favorite part was the discussion of King John. I know that many of us image the Disney Robin Hood villain whenever his name comes up. It was interesting to see a more nuanced version of him, I know that he is still a controversial figure in history but, like most of history, nothing is just black and white. If nothing else, I think anyone who reads this book will come away with a better understanding of the circumstances in which King John was working, even if they don’t agree with his decisions.

I love the accessibility of this book and I can’t wait to start the next one.

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