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Powers and Thrones

A New History of the Middle Ages

Dan Jones



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Head of Zeus
01 April 2022
The instant Sunday Times bestseller A Times, New Statesman and Spectator Book of the Year

'Simply the best popular history of the Middle Ages there is' Sunday Times

'A great achievement, pulling together many strands with aplomb' Peter Frankopan, Spectator, Books of the Year

'It's so delightful to encounter a skilled historian of such enormous energy who's never afraid of being entertaining' The Times, Books of the Year

'An amazing masterly gripping panorama' Simon Sebag Montefiore

'A badass history writer... to put it mildly' Duff McKagan

'A triumph' Charles Spencer

Dan Jones's epic new history tells nothing less than the story of how the world we know today came to be built. It is a thousand-year adventure that moves from the ruins of the once-mighty city of Rome, sacked by barbarians in AD 410, to the first contacts between the old and new worlds in the sixteenth century. It shows how, from a state of crisis and collapse, the West was rebuilt and came to dominate the entire globe. The book identifies three key themes that underpinned the success of the West: commerce, conquest and Christianity.

Across 16 chapters, blending Dan Jones's trademark gripping narrative style with authoritative analysis, Powers and Thrones shows how, at each stage in this story, successive western powers thrived by attracting - or stealing - the most valuable resources, ideas and people from the rest of the world. It casts new light on iconic locations - Rome, Paris, Venice, Constantinople - and it features some of history's most famous and notorious men and women.

This is a book written about - and for - an age of profound change, and it asks the biggest questions about the West both then and now. Where did we come from? What made us? Where do we go from here?

Also available in audio, read by the author.
 Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages

Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781789543544
ISBN 10:   1789543541
Pages:   736
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages

'A terrifically colourful and compelling narrative history ... A hugely impressive achievement, bustling and sizzling with life on every page ... This is now simply the best popular history of the Middle Ages there is' * Sunday Times * 'An audacious, entertaining page-turner. Dan Jones covers a thousand years of history with elegance and panache' -- Dan Carlin, Hardcore History 'Dan Jones is in a class of his own ... Read this book to wrap your head around 1,000 years of history with as much ease and enjoyment as relaxing into a good novel' -- Professor Suzannah Lipscomb 'A badass history writer... to put it mildly' -- Duff McKagan 'Jones is careful to entertain, as well as enlighten ... Flashes of humour exist on the same page as academic rigour ... Copious colour plates turn Powers and Thrones into a great gift, as well as a great read' * Aspects of History * 'An epic new history of the Middle Ages, which grippingly chronicles the forces that defined the period - and which would go on to shape ours' * Huffington Post * 'This gripping history manages to bring novelty to a well-trod subject, spanning the Dark Ages and the globe. Traversing crises and empires and shedding new light on famous subjects, this archive of a fascinating time enthralls till the final page' * Newsweek Magazine * 'I've never read such a comprehensive and storming history of the Middle Ages, nor am I ever likely to again. Crusaders swept me away, but this? This is electric: pumping energy into an era glossed over ... Literally, I was in tears at the end; I didn't want the storytelling to end' -- David Learner (Toppings Booksellers, Ely)

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