Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages
Dan Jones’s epic new history tells the story of how the world we know today came to be built. It is an adventure that spans a thousand years. It moves from the ruins of the once-mighty city of Rome, sacked by barbarians in AD 410, to the first contacts between the old and new worlds in the sixteenth century. Jones shows how, from a state of crisis and collapse, the West was rebuilt and rose to dominance. The book identifies three key themes that underpinned the success of the West: commerce, conquest and Christianity.
Across 16 chapters, blending Dan Jones’s trademark gripping narrative style with authoritative analysis, Powers and Thrones shows how, at each stage in this story, successive western powers thrived by attracting – or stealing – the most valuable resources, ideas and people from the rest of the world. It casts new light on iconic locations – Rome, Paris, Venice, Constantinople. It also features some of history’s most famous and notorious figures.
This is a book written about – and for – an age of profound change. It asks the biggest questions about the West both then and now. Where did we come from? What made us? Where do we go from here?
Dan Jones’ new book is a sweeping epic of the Middle Ages, history-writing in the grandest sense.
About the Author
Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. His books, including The Plantagenets, Magna Carta, The Templars and The Colour of Time, have sold more than one million copies worldwide.
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