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Realm Divided
Realm Divided: A Year in the Life of Plantagenet England by Dan Jones

1215 – the penultimate year of the reign of a king with the worst reputation of any in our history – saw England engulfed by crisis.

Weakened by the loss of Normandy, King John faced insurrection by his disgruntled barons. With the assistance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, they drew up a list of their demands. In June, in a quiet Thames-side water-meadow, John attached his regal seal – under oath – to a charter that set limits on regal power. In return, the barons renewed their vows of fealty. Groundbreaking though 'Magna Carta' was, it had scant immediate impact as England descended into civil war that would still be raging when John died the following year.

Dan Jones's vivid account of the vicissitudes of feudal power politics and the workings of 13th-century government is interwoven with a exploration of the lives of ordinary people: how and where they worked, what they wore, what they ate, and what role the Church played in their lives.

Head of Zeus * Medieval History
07 Apr 2016 * 304pp * £8.99 * 9781781858837
'Wonderfully engaging ... commanding and piercingly insightful. His book is packed with moments that make you stop in your tracks'
Daily Telegraph
'A very colourful and entertaining volume'
The Bookbag
'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
'An insightful overview of the state of England 800 years ago'
History Revealed Book of the Month
'Jones expertly guides us through this turbulent period and sheds fascinating light on life in Plantagenet England'
The Irish Mail
'Jones writes in a very readable style'
Battlefield Magazine
'Jones is to be congratulated for telling his story with panache and originality. He deserves to be widely read'
BBC History Magazine
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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