The Plantagenets tells the fascinating story of a forgotten dynasty. Ascending the throne just after the decline of the Normans in 1154 and retaining their grip on power until the rise of the Tudors in 1485,the Plantagenets oversaw a remarkable array of political, social, and economic changes: trial by jury, civil rights, the modern English language and even the perception of a distinct British national identity all emergeced under their reign. The Plantagenet dynasty arose from the union of Queen Matilda of England and her second husband Geoffrey of Anjou. The name derived from Geoffrey's nickname, which came from the sprig of broom (planta genet) that he wore in his hat. Many of its key figures rank amongst the most evocative names in British history: the crusading Richard the Lionheart, his treacherous brother John, the hapless Richard II, the heroic warrior King Henry V, and the much maligned Richard III whose defeat at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 put an end to the dynasty. The Plantagenets is a compelling year-by-year account of a tumultuous and critical period in the development of the English nation. Each year is covered by a concise, informative and accessible narrative, amplified by extensive quoatation from contemporary sources and accompanied by stunning images of the period - including illuminations, portraits, maps, royal seals, tapestries and unique artefacts. Authoritative, informative and sumptuous, and compiled by a scholar who is steeped in knowledge of the period,The Plantagenets brings a critical era of English history vividly and dramatically to life. It is the perfect book for anyone with a love of, or fascination for, medieval English history.