History, Etc

Dan Jones
Medieval history (mostly)
Created 24 Jan 2021
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  • WHAT WAS HENRY II REALLY LIKE?
    05 Jul 20221 day ago 11 9
    I’m revisiting some familiar and beloved territory at the moment: the early Plantagenets. Specifically, I’ve been writing about Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Thomas Becket. And yesterday I came b...
  • THE SUNDAY SNAP: CRUSADER EDITION
    03 Jul 2022 21 12
    I don’t know what piece of historical trivia you commemorate on the 4th of July, but tomorrow I’ll be meditating on the big one: the battle of Hattin 1187. For those of you who’ve been living underwat...
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    01 Jul 2022 13 21
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  • WHAT ARE YOUR HISTORICAL HOLIDAY READS?
    30 Jun 2022 24 79
    I’m recovering from my THIRD bout of the Great Ague - clap clap, clever me - so have dipped into my summer holiday reading pile early. Above is Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh - a sort of cod-medieval vid...
  • WARS OF THE ROSES (REDUX)
    27 Jun 2022 36 23
    As promised yesterday, here are a few thoughts that came out of a conversation I had with Dr Rory Cox at Chalke Valley History Festival on the weekend. The topic was the Wars of the Roses, which was s...
  • THE SUNDAY SNAP
    26 Jun 2022 37 16
    Back from Chalke Valley now and somewhat in arrears with my posts. I owe you a First Draft audio roundup on the ‘greatest warrior’ question… that’s high on my list. But so too is rounding up some of t...
  • ESSEX DOGS: LIMITED EDITION SIGNED COPIES ON SALE TOMORROW!
    24 Jun 2022 50 58
    My debut novel, Essex Dogs, is published on September 15th. It’s set in the year 1346 during the Hundred Years War, and follows a group of 10 ordinary men in Edward III’s army as they land on the Norm...
  • WHO WERE THE TOUGHEST WARRIORS IN HISTORY?
    22 Jun 2022 33 53
    Subscribe now Hello from the Chalke Valley History Festival, where well-heeled history fans rub shoulders with grimy fingered re-enactors from almost any era you can think of. My conversation by the b...
  • THE FATHER'S DAY SNAP
    19 Jun 2022 52 14
    This wonderful ink portrait of Henry I (r. 1100-1135) was made by Matthew Paris, long after Henry was dead and without any attempt at a true physical likeness. So it is Henry I, but also not. He’s hol...
  • FIRST DRAFT EP19
    18 Jun 2022 26 26
    Remember the thing about the castle staircases! Thanks to all the subscribers who piped up for this one. If you want to contribute to these episodes (or simply want a signed photo of my face to worshi...
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