The Plantagenets : the warrior kings and queens who made England / Dan Jones.
History that is as strange, fun, and readable as any novel. Meet the Plantagenets, a notoriously quarrelsome family of French nobles who, by luck, battle and intrigue, rise to become the most famous ruling house of the Middle Ages. In the hands of author Dan Jones, these long dead schemers come to vivid life again on the page: Henry II and his unhappy wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their sons Richard, the famous Crusader, and John, whose slipperiness and unpopularity are preserved forever in the Robin Hood legends.
As well as being entertaining and easy to read, this book serves as a useful introduction to the medieval England, and can serve as a base for further study. Extensive footnotes help flesh out the story for those who want to learn more.