The fall of the Plantagenets and the rise of the Tudors can be confusing. The genealogy, the names, and the relations of all the major players get intertwined easily. It is never easy to separate them all, plus keep track of the major developments. This book is a general history readers introduction to this turbulent and confusing time period. It was a time of great upheaval for the English crown, with usurpers, regents, coups, and murders. Kings were coming and going quickly, the countryside was being ravaged and everything depended on the power of the King. At times it delved into civil war between the Yorks and the Lancasters. After that was over all that was left was a minor branch that got its start in Wales that went on to claim the throne. After an initial period of instability it finally became secure through Henry VIII.
Dan Jones does a good job keeping all the names, titles, and relations straight. No easy feat for this time period. He also does a good job explaining it to the reader in an easy to understand fashion. For people who like this period of history, they will enjoy this book. The Wars of the Roses is easy to read and easy to follow.
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