The Plantagenet Chronicles
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The Plantagenet Chronicles

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Over 100 short essays, illustrated mostly in color, provide background information on contemporary events, people, customs and traditions. They include notes on the place of women in society, herbal remedies, popular food and drink, music, poetry, and medicine. They describe some of the great and important buildings of the time, and include biographies of kings, queens and...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Barnes and Noble (first published October 17th 1986)
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If my house was burning down, and I could save, let's say, two books from the fire, I would choose this book, as well as Hallam's Four Gothic Kings: The Turbulent History of Medieval England and the Plantagenet Kings. I simply cherish these books, which I discovered completely accidentally at a used book sale.

This book is a mixture of contemporary accounts of the times, modern asides, and gorgeous photography of the locations, buildings, and artwork of the period. Although some of the contempora...more
Mark Richard
This large format color picture book chronicles the first Plantagenets only - so if you like Geoffrey & Matilda, Henri & Eleanor, Richard & John - this is golden treasure. The actual chronicle is fairly good, but the maps and photos are really helpful.
This is an excellent sourcebook! Not only does it tell the story, with appropriate timelines of the family, it also places them firmly within the culture of the middle ages. Usually I find "boxes" of text separate from the main thread irritating, but here, it worked so well.

Thom Dunn
"Medieval Europes's Most Tempestuous family from Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine to Richard the Lionheart and his scheming brother John seen through the eyes of their contemporaries."
Pete daPixie
Really enjoy these larger size books, and this one has some brilliant colour photographs. Too wide a subject area to delve deep, but a good intro to the Plantagenets.
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