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The Hollow Crown kindle ´ Hardcover read ↠ The fifteenth century experienced the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history The crown of England changed hands violently seven times as the great families of England fought to the death for power majesty and the right to rule Dan Jones completes his epic history of medievHe TudorsWith vivid descriptions of the battle of Towton where 28000 men died in a single morning to Bosworth where the last Plantagenet king was hacked down this is the real story behind Shakespeare's famous history play I wish I had counted how many heads that rolled from the first page It seems that the best way to live as royalty at those times in England is to stay the hell away from the court and all the intrigue Just less in five years there were three kings A Clash of Kings you say? Oh yes George R R Martin definitely was inspired by the Wars of the Roses so much he basically took all the York brothers and put them in Westeros to become the Baratheon brothers Oh I was definitely enjoying my time trying to draw parallels to A Song of Ice and Fire characters and hoping the ending of one character would be the same as in the books This book is easy to read All the other reviews mentioned that the narrative is accessible and the stories are expertly woven For me I could use a book with less name repetitions too many Edwards Elizabeths and Margarets to my liking but I guess that's what X Ray feature in Kindle is for As for the narrative itself it is indeed digestible without being too dry as what could happen in history books Being a chronicler at those times probably kind of exciting as long as you're not implicated in one plot or another Kings in the middle ages basically had two duties uphold justice and wage wars Well I would also add marry someone that could help you keep the throne And produce an heir Now after the fall of Henry VI Dan Jones seemed to hate him so much he practically blamed Henry for everything at least four families could claim descent from Henry VI’s great great grandfather Edward III Why of course there were many claimants who fought for their rights and stuff and many died for it either getting their heads chopped off which were a lot or in battlegrounds The battles in this book Tewkesbury and Towton especially are not described in details or as much as I wanted but the results are just still ghastly and bring suffering to all these families ending with extinguished lines with the last of them The Tudors barely escaped I had some doubts a long the way about the book I complained on why the author did not tell the story of the Lancasters until almost halfway through the book and I grumbled or why no roses were mentioned until 23 of the book It was silly really but I just had to know why I did found out why but I won't spoil it here Okay now the women I remember reading The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir and found out that while men fought battles the women waged wars Elizabeth York Margaret Beaufort those are some fantastic real life characters that were tenacious and dedicated to their causes I love reading about powerful women They are not always have to be femme fatales you knowAnyway a highly recommended book not too long but pretty comprehensive for those who are interested in English history or like me who loves A Song of Ice and Fire wars and politics and the game of thrones

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The fifteenth century experienced the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history The crown of England changed hands violently seven times as the great families of England fought to the death for power m Book The War of the Roses The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors The Hollow CrownAuthor Dan JonesRating 5 Out of 5 StarsI was first introduced to Dan Jones’s wonderful writing through The Plantagenets I picked up this gem this summer and was pulled right in There is just something about Dan’s writing that makes me want Since this summer I have watched all of his programs which if you haven’t checked out I strongly suggest that you do I have all of his books on my to read list He is just one of those writers who has the gift of pulling you in and leave you wanting for While I do like Game of Thrones I don’t really care that the War of the Roses is the back story to it I love the time period plain and simple Henry VI’s mental problems have left England in a state of instability which of course led to civil war It is this that has led to many of the nobles to wanting the English crown for themselves Richard Duke of York makes the grab first by being regent then going for the prize of King of England When Richard dies his son Edward takes up the fight Edward of course wins and becomes Edward IV Good stuff right? Yeah I know it sound confusing but don’t let it Dan is wonderful at making a complicated matter really simple He doesn’t write in what I would call a scholarly way To me Dan writes for the common person meaning that if you don’t know anything about the War of the Roses you will be able to understand what is going on right away Dan looks into a number of battles and important people It’s not just focused on the king We get to meet Margaret who in my mind is the real power behind Henry VI and the Earl of Warwick the King Maker We also travel to Towton Wakefield and Bosworth There is a lot of focus on Richard III and how he got to power We explore the legend of the Princes in the Tower and what really happened to them I do agree with Dan’s point of view on the matter Meanwhile let’s add the Stanley family into the mix and we are sure to have a great political mess See what I mean? It’s not just another history book We just aren’t told what happened but why the events happened and given theories on them We get to see why English history turned out the way it did After all how in the world did the Tudors end up on the English throne? Well if you have always wanted to know picked this up and take a look Please note that The Hollow Crown is the same book I have seen a lot of people confused by the two titles before

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The Hollow CrownAjesty and the right to rule Dan Jones completes his epic history of medieval England with a new book about the the Wars of the Roses and describes how the Plantagenets tore themselves apart and were finally replaced by t As with his earlier volume The Plantagenets The Warrior Kings and ueens Who Made England Jones has developed narrative nonfiction covering a complicated era of history and made it a pleasure to read He clearly establishes that the Wars of the Roses were about so much than who had the strongest royal bloodWhen Henry Bolingbroke determined to steal his cousin's crown in 1399 he could have had no inkling of the future that he was setting into motion By showing that the throne of England was up for grabs to whoever was strong enough to take it he put the Plantagenet dynasty on a collision course that would decimate the family leaving the unexpected Tudors in controlThat was uite a rise for the grandson of Owen Tudor who due to his Welsh blood had not even been allowed to own land and was imprisoned for daring to marry the widowed dowager ueen Catherine Henry Tudor becoming king had to be the last thing on anyone's mind except maybe his mother'sJones carefully unravels the complex political maneuverings that resulted in the end of the mighty Plantagenets in favor of a minor noble of mixed Welsh French and English blood Much time is spent on analyzing the motivations of Richard duke of York Far from the characterizations many have painted of him Richard Plantagenet did not immediately set out to make himself kingBy refusing to be a king Henry VI ensured that a suitable cousin of royal blood would take over just like his grandfather had done By looking at families politics and foreign policy over the course of decades Jones demonstrates how things slowly yet completely fell apartSome readers will be disappointed that the author takes a traditional view on the topics of Richard III and the later Yorkist pretenders Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck He states that Richard killed his nephews after usurping the crown taking only about a paragraph to give voice to other theories In the same way there is no evaluation of the supposed Edward VI and Richard IV potentially being true sons of York other than a later discussion of Richard de la Pole Since this book covered such an extensive piece of history I found that it was appropriate to not delve to deeply into these controversial issues but other readers may feel differently In the same way Jones never puts forth any serious doubt that Prince Edward of Lancaster was indeed the son of Henry VII applaud Jones for making complicated history accessible to the amateur historian While this installment may be somewhat complex than its predecessor I still found it uite easy to read at times capturing events in novel like fashion I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a greater understanding of the Wars of the Roses Thank you to NetGalley and Viking Publishing for my copy of this book Opinions are my own