By Dan Jones
8 generations of the best and worst kings and queens that this nation has ever noticeable - from the White send to the Lionheart, undesirable King John to the Black Prince and John of Gaunt - this is often the dynasty that invented England as we nonetheless are aware of it this present day - nice background to attract readers of Ken Follet, Bernard Cornwell, Tom Holland The Plantagenets inherited a bloodied, damaged state from the Normans, and set approximately increasing royal rule till it stretched at its greatest from the Scottish lowlands to the Pyrenees, and from the eire to the foothills of the Holy Roman Empire. even as, they built points of English legislation, executive, structure, paintings and folklore that continue to exist to today. regardless of all this, and having reigned for two times so long as their eventual successors, the Tudors, the Plantagenets stay really unknown. during this gripping, bright new e-book, Dan Jones brings the Plantagenets and their global again to lifestyles. this is often either an epic narrative background of the 'high' heart a long time, and a spellbinding portrait of a relatives blessed and cursed in equivalent degree. 'The Plantagenets' sweeps from Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine's construction of a ecu empire to Richard the Lionheart's heroic 3rd campaign and King John's humbling lower than Magna Carta. It explores the start of parliament lower than Henry III. It charts the fierce rule of Edward Longshanks, who conquered Wales and subdued Scotland yet may perhaps by no means come to phrases together with his personal son, the ill-fated Edward II. The booklet involves a thrilling climax within the age of chivalry, as Edward III observed England triumph within the Hundred Years struggle whereas plague stalked Europe, prior to the Black Prince and his appealing princess Joan of Kent raised a son, Richard II, who may come to damage the Plantagenet legacy. it's a compelling, attention-grabbing trip via Britain's such a lot awesome age.
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Enquired Mr Robertson. Robert pulled a gold watch from his pocket and consulted it. ‘About an hour and a half ago,’ he said. Mr Robertson asked who was with their Ma. Robert jerked his thumb behind him, in the direction of the house. ’ suggested Mr Robertson. Amelia England was the Coombes family’s neighbour on the other side, and a close friend of Emily Coombes. ‘No,’ said Robert. ’ The boys set out for Lord’s. • • • Robert and Nattie were among more than 12,000 people to travel to St John’s Wood that Monday to watch the Gentlemen v Players match, the fixture of the season at the most famous cricket ground in England.
John Fox visited two pawnbrokers, one for each watch. At George Fish’s shop in the Commercial Road the boys waited outside while Fox went in to pledge the American-made gold-plated watch. The manager, William White, had difficulty with the catch, but once Fox had shown him how to open it he offered a ten-shilling loan against the watch’s value. He issued a square pasteboard ticket bearing a description of the pawned item, attached a duplicate to the watch and entered in his ledger the name and address that Fox gave him: Robert Coombes, 35 Cave Road.
They were well ahead. Robert and Nattie made their way back again to East London, but instead of going straight home they headed for the new Theatre Royal in Stratford, two miles north-west of Cave Road. The play they watched that evening, Light Ahead, told the story of a man framed for murder by a shipyard employee who had turned forger, bigamist and killer. The theatrical newspaper The Era observed that the show would appeal to ‘the pit and gallery’, a working-class audience such as that found in Stratford, but pronounced it ‘a straggling, uneven piece’ that ‘proceeds on its course for a considerable time with no light ahead whatever as to how it is to turn and in what manner it will end’.