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For jones,the Fourth Lateran Council was the most important event of 1215-not Magna Carta

Realm Divided: a Year in the Life of Plantagenet England

by Dan Jones

Head of Zeus, £20, 304 pages, hardback

When we now think of 1215, one thing jumps immediately to mind: Magna Carta. Yet, historian and TV presenter Dan Jones argues there were much more important things going on – and, in any case, the effects of the historic charter would not be felt for some time. The greater concern in that pivotal year was civil war, which raged even after Bad King John’s death. Mixing a clear-eyed look at the complexity of feudal power struggles with stories of the grit and grime of life for the poorest members of society, this is an insightful overview of the state of England 800 years ago.

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