Realm Divided: A Year in the Life of Plantagenet England

Realm Divided: A Year in the Life of Plantagenet England


1215 – the penultimate yr of the reign of a king with the worst recognition of any in our heritage – observed England engulfed through problem.

Weakened through the lack of Normandy, King John confronted rebellion by means of his disgruntled barons. With the help of the Archbishop of Canterbury, they drew up an inventory in their calls for. In June, in a quiet Thames-side water-meadow, John hooked up his regal seal – less than oath – to a constitution that set limits on regal energy. In go back, the barons renewed their vows of fealty. Groundbreaking notwithstanding 'Magna Carta' used to be, it had scant instant influence as England descended into civil struggle that may nonetheless be raging while John died the next yr.

Dan Jones's bright account of the vicissitudes of feudal strength politics and the workings of 13th-century govt is interwoven with a exploration of the lives of normal humans: how and the place they labored, what they wore, what they ate, and what position the Church performed of their lives.

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