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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 January 1st 1986)
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Thank you, Bettie! Looks luscious.
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
From the Introduction: The foundations of Plantagenet success were laid by a line of obscure castellans in the Loire Valley who, in the tenth century, rose to become counts of Anjou.

Opening: Part1: ORIGINS OF THE ANGEVIN DYNASTY: The fortunes of the house of Anjou were founded on the prowess of Ingelgar, a semi-legendary soldier of fortune who carved out an estate for himself in the Loire Valley. His son Fulk the Red, built effectively on his foundations and became count of Anjou by 941.

There, t
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.


"From the Devil they came and to the Devil they will return."

According to legend, the infamous Plantagenet family can claim descent from the daughter of Satan, Melusine; a witch who could not bear to hear Mass. Its safe to say that the rampant betrayals, murders, rebellions and sheer daredevil nature of the earliest Plantagenet monarchs cemented this image of a power-mad and ruthless clan devoted to authority above all else. The Plantagenets have gone down in history as the longest ruling dynast
Mark Beaulieu
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.
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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