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The Plantagenets reigned over England longer than any other family from Henry II to Richard III Four kings were murdered, two came close to deposition, and another was killed in a battle by rebels Shakespeare wrote plays about six of them, further entrenching them in the national myth Based on major contemporary sources and recent research, acclaimed historian DesmondThe Plantagenets reigned over England longer than any other family from Henry II to Richard III Four kings were murdered, two came close to deposition, and another was killed in a battle by rebels Shakespeare wrote plays about six of them, further entrenching them in the national myth Based on major contemporary sources and recent research, acclaimed historian Desmond Seward provides the first readable overview of the whole extraordinary dynasty, in one volume.


  • Title: The Demon's Brood: A History of the Plantagenet Dynasty
  • Author: Desmond Seward
  • ISBN: 9781605986180
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Hardcover

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Desmond Seward

Desmond Seward is a British popular historian and the author of many books about in Britain and France in the late Middle Ages.See enpedia wiki Desmond



Comments The Demon's Brood: A History of the Plantagenet Dynasty

  • Kathryn

    "Based on major contemporary sources and recent research" says the blurb. Seward repeats the 'red-hot poker' myth of Edward II's murder in 1327 uncritically as though it is gospel truth, even though only a handful of 14th-century chronicles mention it and the majority give other causes of death, and even though modern experts on the era reject the story. On the same page as repeating this stupid old myth, Seward claims that the Dominican friar Thomas Dunheved, who tried to rescue Edward from Ber [...]


  • Carolina Casas

    The Plantagenet Brood continues to fascinate us and no less because of the recent explosion of costume dramas and revisionist historians. However Seward still believes in many of the old Victorian and stereotypes pertaining to this dynasty and adheres himself to the view that those who were famous were so because they were successful, never mind their circumstances that allowed their success, and those who weren't were because they were unfit or to simply put it, mad.Surprisingly he disagrees wi [...]


  • Carole P. Roman

    Insightful and interesting book about the Plantagenet family. Desmond Seward writes a comprehensive history of the volatile clan who ruled England for hundreds of years. Well researched, this is history at its finest, coloring in the outlines of larger than life personalities but giving them realistic depth. He thoroughly describes each king, his wife, and children, delving into relationships, debunking myths with thoughtful and documented facts. He describes each leader with unvarnished honesty [...]


  • Victoria Johnston

    A good overview of the Plantagenet kings - which given the popularity of the Tudors do seem to have been overlooked somewhat. Most people seem to know the odd King - i.e. Henry V and Richard III but know little about the others.I already knew a fair bit on Henry II as my dissertation covered his introduction of the Common Law into England and being a history buff did know a fair bit about a number of the other kings. Those I didn't know much about however such as - Henry IV, Henry V, Henry III i [...]


  • S.J.A. Turney

    Every now and then you come across a non-fiction title that really stands out and is as much fun to read as a good novel. Such is Desmond Seward’s history of the Plantagenet dynasty. In fact, I found it so interesting that I kept highlighting little sections,It came as something of a surprise to me to see the range of dates and kings covered by the book. I had always thought of the Plantagenets as being the sort of Henry II through to Edward I or II sort of era. Surprised me to see that the st [...]


  • Carolyn

    I loved this. I've read plenty of books on some of the kings we all know, Henry II, Richard I, John I, but I knew next to nothing on the others. This book gave me a bit more curiosity and now I will be looking for some biographies and histories by this author! Each section is short and sweet and covers the main concerns of each time period and each king. I highly recommend it!


  • Therese

    $1.99


  • Rebecca Hill

    Desmond Seward gives us an indepth view on the Plantagenet reign. Starting with the conflict with Stephen and Matilda, we begin the Plantagenet line with Henry II, and go through Richard III.While Seward manages to mostly keep his bias to himself, there are a few monarchs (ahem, Richard III) that it seems to come out stronger with. For the most part, I really enjoyed this read. It was a great book, and for someone who is wanting to learn more about the many monarchs and struggles that make up th [...]


  • Sarah

    Wow. This book may have cured me of romanticizing the medieval time period. All I'm going to say is "funnel." YIKES.This is also a fantastic read for anyone who thinks we live in the most intolerant and violent times the world has ever seen. (Spoiler alert: not even close. Not in this country anyway.)


  • Hippiemouse420

    I choose broad histories on purpose, to get a basic understanding of something or someone before I read a more-detailed history, but then--I am irritated by the lack of details in the book. As always, I wish there had been tons more pictures. Now to find a good biography of Anne of Bohemia, the person who most piqued my interest.


  • Megan M

    Bad bad bad. I will not be completing this book after finding serious inaccuracies and Victorian fanfiction being passed along as pure fact in just the first 40 pages. Very unhappy to see that this was published and with such a great title and cover.


  • Nayirah Muhammad

    This book was informative but dragged on a little in certain parts that made me skim a lot of the time. I can’t say this book made me decide which Plantagenet was my favorite because none of them really stood out in this book. Maybe next time!


  • Peter C Lyon

    Great summary of the Plantagenets!


  • Kristi Richardson

    “War without fire is like sausages without mustard.” Henry VI was gifted this book by Pegasus Books for an honest review. This is a great overview of the Plantagenet Dynasty of rulers. It certainly made me want to read more about them and get some in depth information on their lives. Desmond Seward’s writing is easy to understand and it’s surprising how much I learned in the few pages he gives to each monarch. It really does leave you begging for more. I found his research well documente [...]


  • Linda

    I was very disappointed in this book. I am a fan of Henry II and Richard III (the first and last of the Plantagenets - my masters work was in 12th century literature) and I could tell the author really hadn't done his homework at least on them. He accepted discredited research and passed along rumors as if they might have been facts. Obviously, the rest of the family must have similar incorrect history. And the book is new enough to include the discovery of Richard III's remains.If anything, his [...]


  • Colin

    I got seduced by the title of this book. It's a sexy name, isn't it? But in terms of scholarship I don't think it fares that well. Seward admits early in the book that the Plantagenets generally don't include the participants in the Wars of the Roses, but he writes about them nonetheless. It makes me think he knew he knew he was lacking solid material and so wanted to include this rather scandalous episode of history to sell books. I don't think he was wrong in any of his assessments, per se, bu [...]


  • Richard

    Fronted with a sweet family tree(that lists Richard III twice??) , the best bit of the book is a super brief overview at the start of the book. It just lists the events that happened, and the dates in the driest way possible. It only takes up about 5 pages though. The rest of the book is that again with some words crammed between that illuminate the events, but fail to get any of the true bananas onto the page.Amazing stories blast past in a sentence. I wish there was less crammed in, leaving ro [...]


  • Patricia

    This is a very good historical analysis of the Plantagenet Dynasty - a period I am fascinated with - for those who already know something about it. The author gives highlights important for each monarch's reign and clearly analyses the strengths and weaknesses of each. Since Seward doesn't always proceed chronologically and references some historical events without going into a lot of detail, I wouldn't recommend it someone who doesn't have at least a basic grasp of early British history. I didn [...]


  • Marie Z. Johansen

    I am not quite finished with this most excellent bookbut it has been a pleasure to read. I have been going very slowly and taking notes as I read I do with history books that teach me about a particularly enjoyable time period. The Plantangents were, in a way, the founding fathers of Britain and of much of our legal system which began to evolve under Henry II (of "who will rid me of this priest"- Thomas Becket- fame). I will update my review when I have turned the last page and taken the last no [...]


  • Sarrah

    A nice overview for people who just want to figure out the difference between Richards and Henrys and to discovery if King John really was as evil as depicted. Obviously, the author had to gloss over a lot, but he takes a pretty open-minded view of each Plantagenet, clear back to the father of Henry II. Sometimes the repetitive first names, frequent use of pronouns, and sometimes appalling lack of commas made things confusing, but there are very good but not too detailed family trees to help a r [...]


  • Juliew.

    This was a narrative of every Plantagent king in England's history.Each chapter discusses one king,his politics,religion,associates,personality,physical characteristics,women and children.I really enjoyed reading this and I thought each chapter provided just enough detail to capture the imagination but as a long time English history fan I must admit I felt slightly cheated.However,it is a highly readable and enjoyable account and I would recommend it perhaps to someone needing an overview of the [...]


  • Doug

    The Demon's Brood delivers exactly what Desmond Seward promised in the introduction - a concise history of the Plantagenet kings of England. Each king receives between 20 and 40 pages which covers the highlights of his reign. I borrowed this book from the library but I think I'll by a copy to have on hand as a reference. In addition to the brief bios, there is a useful timeline of the period and geneo;ogy charts that are actually readable. I liked the fact that he included conflicting points of [...]


  • Robin Carter

    ReviewI don’t often read non fiction, not because its badly written, just because i don’t have time with all the great fiction out there. Yet now and again a book will come along and something will click and make me pick it up. This is one of those books, a non fiction account of the Plantagenet DynastyRead the rest of review: parmenionbooks.wordpress/


  • Cheri D Mendenhall

    Very goodDesmond Seward's writing is well done. The text is written to be informative but not dry or boring. He made me remember what I liked about that period of history, his statement about us not remembering the Plantagenet's very well is true and most of them were very colorful characters.


  • ej cullen

    Reads like a Russian novel with all these Dukes (Norfolk, Clarence, Cornwall, Lancaster, York, Gloucester, Somerset, Richmond, Bedford, Marlborough, Northumberland, Kent, and on and on, and they all change every three pages depending on the reigning King's whim and will. 350 years in 300 pages. That said, still enjoyed it.


  • KateK. F.

    A fascinating survey of the Plantagenet dynasty with a thoughtful look at the sources and popular biographies. Seward managed to cover a lot of history in a readable manner without seeming to lose any information. I would recommend this book to someone who wants to understand more of the history behind Shakespeare's plays and other tales if these kings. I plan on reading more of Seward's books.


  • Jaime

    The author does a great job in describing each king. I would recommend this book for people who do not know much about the Plantagenet's and want to gain some insight into their lives and some of the events that took place during their reigns. This book is a good starting point because it's a fast read and each chapter provides a general overview of each king's life.


  • Mitchell Kaufman

    A rather enjoyable, if extremely cursory look at the Plantagenet Kings of England (expanded a bit to include the Yorks and Lancasters). All of the intrigue, triumph, murder, and war one could expect. Perhaps the recent finding of Richard III will spur more new research and writing on these formative kings of England.


  • Small Review

    Skips over too much information and heavy handed authorial opinions. I could live with the bias, probably, but I don't want to read about historical events and omit a bunch of important information.


  • Ryan

    While occasionally brief (Seward crams in the lives of 13 kings into just under 300 pages) this book is still incredibly informative and entertaining. If you are interested in history or politics, I highly recommend this read!


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