By Dan Jones
The writer of the New York Times bestseller The Plantagenets chronicles the following bankruptcy in British history—the old backdrop for Game of Thrones
From the writer of Magna Carta: The beginning of Liberty
The crown of britain replaced fingers 5 occasions over the process the 15th century, as branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the dying for the perfect to rule. during this riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal kinfolk tore itself aside until eventually it used to be ultimately changed via the Tudors.
many of the maximum heroes and villains of heritage have been thrown jointly in those turbulent occasions, from Joan of Arc to Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt marked the excessive element of the medieval monarchy, and Richard III, who murdered his personal nephews in a determined bid to safe his stolen crown. This was once a interval while headstrong queens and consorts seized strength and bent males to their will. With vibrant descriptions of the battles of Towton and Bosworth, the place the final Plantagenet king used to be slain, this dramatic narrative historical past revels in bedlam and intrigue. It additionally deals a long-overdue corrective to Tudor propaganda, dismantling their self-serving account of what they known as the Wars of the Roses.
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She have been beheaded in one stroke with a sword via a particularly imported French executioner. This was once now not that, and the hapless executioner knew it. while the sign was once given to strike, he introduced the weapon down towards the block. yet he botched the task. instead of slicing cleanly via Margaret’s neck in a single stroke, he slammed the ax’s blade into the outdated woman’s shoulders and head. She didn't die. He introduced the ax down back, and overlooked back. It took a number of extra blows to dispatch her, a barbarous attack during which the inept axeman actually hacked the outdated woman’s higher physique to items. It used to be a nasty and harsh butchery that will surprise every person who heard of it. “May God in his excessive Grace pardon her soul,” wrote Chapuys, “for definitely she was once a so much virtuous and honourable woman. ”3 • • • Margaret Pole was once at one point simply one other casualty of the spiritual wars that ruled the 16th century, within which fans of the outdated faith—Roman Catholicism—and a number of splinter teams of the hot faith—Protestantism—sought to smite each other into submission. those wars took diversified varieties. sometimes they have been fought among kingdoms allied to opposing faiths, yet way more usually, the non secular wars have been civil and dynastic conflicts that ripped person kingdoms asunder. This was once definitely the case in England throughout the 1540s, and Margaret’s execution in that feel represented a reforming king’s planned strike opposed to a strong relations who clung to the previous religion. but her loss of life may be noticeable because the undignified ultimate act in an extended spell of nonreligious aristocratic violence that had began approximately a century previous. those have been wars of politics and character that had sprung from a fight for hegemony following the sluggish yet catastrophic cave in of royal authority from the overdue 1440s onward. This clash, often assumed to were closed at the accession of Henry Tudor as Henry VII in 1485 and his security of the crown on the conflict of Stoke in 1487, in reality persevered to hang-out sixteenth-century politics lengthy later on. definitely it performed a job in Margaret Pole’s demise, for this outdated girl used to be one of many final surviving contributors of the Plantagenet dynasty and a dwelling relic of what we now name the Wars of the Roses. Dozens of Margaret’s quick and had fallen sufferer to those wars. Her father, George, duke of Clarence, was once twenty-eight whilst his brother King Edward IV had him finished for treason—drowned in a butt of the candy Greek wine often called Malmsey, in reminiscence of which Margaret was once acknowledged continuously to put on a tiny wine keg on her bracelet. four of her paternal uncles have been killed in pitched battles in 1460 and 1485. either one of her grandfathers had additionally died at the battlefield; one finishing his days together with his head impaled at the urban gates of York, a paper crown nailed to his cranium. Margaret’s brother Edward, styled yet now not formally well-known as earl of Warwick, had spent such a lot of his twenty-four years of existence imprisoned within the Tower of London.