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In the Reign of King John


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An illustrated portrait of English society in the year of Magna Carta, from best-selling author Dan Jones.

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Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. His books, including The Plantagenets, Magna Carta, The Templars 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, the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, GQ and The Spectator.


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' * Oldie *
PRAISE FOR DAN JONES: '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

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