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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Dan Jones - The Hollow Crown

review written by Sue Major and reviewed by her on the bookshow on 26th Feb 2015
This is a slice of late mediaeval history , being a lively account of the Wars of the Roses and the rise of the Tudors. The complex inter-relationships of families and titles are made mostly comprehensible by Dan Jones , but there are many of them ...and you have to concentrate!  At times it's difficult to follow all the detailed  threads and remember who is who.....but, it's written  as an entertaining tale and Dan Jones has a real talent for doing his best to keep you interested, whilst giving you historical facts .
The turmoil of the years between Henry V and Henry VIII is clearly shown  and the ebb and flow of power and royal favour underpin the book. You have to stick with it, and it delivers in spades.
  It's a big read, but fascinating in spite of it's weightiness. I enjoyed it immensely.

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