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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (July 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441157123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441157126
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The rare snippets of information revealing the sorts of people these kings really were brings the narrative to life ... There is much to recommend this book, which skilfully interweaves into a familiar narrative the latest theories and interpretations of a period which defined not just the monarchy, but the English nation as a whole.
(BBC History Magazine)

The rare snippets of information revealing the sorts of people these kings really were brings the narrative to life ... There is much to recommend this book, which skilfully interweaves into a familiar narrative the latest theories and interpretations of a period which defined not just the monarchy, but the English nation as a whole.
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Jeffrey Hamilton is Professor and Chair of History at Baylor University. An authority on the political history of 13th &14th-century England, he specialises in the reign of Edward II.

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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Eddings on June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
to receive the book and not discover until reading the introduction that Dr. Hamilton begins with Richard II. He categorizes the early Plantagenets as Angevins, which they are, but they are also Plantagenets. The nickname comes from Planta genista, or common broom plant that dates to Henry II's father, Geoffrey of Anjou. Geoffrey wore a sprig of it in his hat. I think Dr. Hamilton should have chosen a more accurate title for the book. It felt like a bait-and-switch to get people who love the early Plantagenets to pay attention to the later ones.

Otherwise, great reading.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By I. Beavis on October 7, 2010
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As a history buff, I have consumed volumes on British History from the Tudors onward. I always wanted to know more about earlier periods and this book did the trick. This is an easy read that spans the dynasty and casts light on the incredible influence the Plantagenets had on future generations.
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By Ralph on May 18, 2013
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The book was good as it stood, however, when I purchased it I was unaware that the 1st 3 and last 5 kings had been excluded. toher than that it was an easily read book and enjoyable. If the author ever covers the missing 8 I will certainly buy it.
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By Carol S. on August 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A classic. Start here to learn about this fascinating, ruthless royal family.
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