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

From the bestselling author of The Templars, Dan Jones's epic new history tells nothing less than the story of how the world we know today came to be built.

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' 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?

PRAISE FOR DAN JONES:

'Exhilarating, epic, sword-swinging history ... A skilful storyteller ... He enlivens the narrative with bloodcurdling details and arresting turns of phrase ... There is also fine scholarly intuition' TLS

'Jones carries the Templars through the crusades with clarity and verve. This is unabashed narrative history, fast-paced and full of incident ... Jones tells their story extremely well' Sunday Times

'Stonking narrative history told with pace, wit and scholarship' Observer

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Medieval History
02 Sep 2021 * 512pp * £9.99 * 9781789543551
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PRAISE FOR DAN JONES:

'Exhilarating, epic, sword-swinging history ... A skilful storyteller [...] he enlivens the narrative with bloodcurdling details and arresting turns of phrase ... There is also fine scholarly intuition' TLS, on The Templars.

'Jones carries the Templars through the crusades with clarity and verve. This is unabashed narrative history, fast-paced and full of incident ... Jones tells their story extremely well' Sunday Times.

'This is rollercoaster history ... Dan Jones has a nose for the dramatic, disgusting and bizarre ... Every page of his extraordinary book provides vivid evidence of the Crusades' continuing ability to mesmerise' The Times, on Crusaders.

'When it comes to rip-roaring medieval narratives, Jones has few peers, and in the Templars he finds the perfect subject' Sunday Times History Books of the Year, on Templars.

'Stonking narrative history told with pace, wit and scholarship'
 Observer, on Magna Carta
Author
Dan Jones
Dan Jones
Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. His books, including The Templars, Crusaders and The Colour of Time (with Marina Amaral), have sold more than one million copies worldwide. He has written and hosted dozens of TV shows including the acclaimed Netflix/Channel 5 series, Secrets of Great British Castles. His writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines including the London Evening Standard, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, GQ and the Spectator.
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