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In the Reign of King John
In the Reign of King John: A Year in the Life of Plantagenet England by Dan Jones

A new, beautifully illustrated edition of Realm Divided, Dan Jones's portrait of Plantagenet England in the reign of King John.

1215 was not just the year of Magna Carta and King John's war with his barons, but a year of crusading and church reform, of foreign wars and dramatic sieges, of trade and treachery; a year in which England was invaded by a French army and London was stormed by angry barons; and the supposedly impregnable castle at Rochester was brought down with burning pig fat.

But this was also a year in which life, for most people, just went on. In the Reign of King John thus opens a window onto everyday life in thirteenth-century England: home and church, love and marriage, education and agriculture, outlawry and hunting, food and clothing. It offers a vivid and authoritative portrait – from royal court to peasant wedding – of medieval life in the round, as well as an exhilarating and revelatory exploration of the big themes of politics, warfare, religion, feudalism and the law during a transformative year in English history.

Praise for Dan Jones:

'Commanding and piercingly insightful... Packed with moments that make you stop in your tracks' Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year

'When it comes to rip-roaring medieval narratives, Jones has few peers' Sunday Times

'Jones has a terrific eye for humanising stories and the telling detail... It is the snapshots of life as it was lived that make this book so engaging' Daily Telegraph

'Jones is to be congratulated for telling his story with panache and originality. He deserves to be widely read' BBC History Magazine

'Jones expertly guides us through this turbulent period and sheds fascinating light on life in Plantagenet England' Irish Times

'Dan Jones is certainly an entertainer, but also a fine historian who knows how to render scholarship into accessible prose' The Times

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Medieval History
29 Oct 2020 * 400pp * £6.99 * 9781800240643
Beautifully illustrated, somewhere between a chronicle and a coffee-table book... High politics, however, while intelligently and entertainingly discussed here, function as a frame for a travelogue through Plantagenet England'
The Times
Most people know little of King John, apart from the fact he was 'bad' and lost his treasure in the Wash, but Dan Jones has developed a novel way of presenting history... A fantastic read, as well as a beautiful book to handle'

'Packed with moments that make you stop in your track' Daily Telegraph.

'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, on The Templars.

'Voyages, battles, sieges and slaughter: Dan Jones's tumultuous and thrilling history of the crusades is one of the best... Jones is exceptionally good at giving evocative snapshots of medieval life, sometimes poignant, sometimes pure Monty Python' Sunday Times, on Crusaders.

'A powerful story brilliantly told. Dan Jones writes with pace, wit and insight'
 Helen Castor, on Crusaders
Dan Jones
Dan Jones
Dan Jones is the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of ten non-fiction books, including The Templars, The Colour of Time and Powers and Thrones. He is a renowned writer, broadcaster and journalist, and has for many years wanted to write authentic but action-packed historical fiction. His debut novel, Essex Dogs, is the first in a planned trilogy following the fortunes of ten ordinary soldiers in the early years of the Hundred Years' War. He lives near London with his family.
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