Dan Jones (writer)
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Occupation||Historian and journalist|
Daniel Gwynne Jones (born 27 July 1981) is a British historian, TV presenter, and journalist. He was educated at The Royal Latin School, a state grammar school in Buckingham, before attending Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Early life and education
Jones was born in Reading, England, in 1981 to Welsh parents. He was educated at The Royal Latin School, a state grammar school in Buckingham, before attending Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he achieved a first-class degree in History in 2002.
Dan Jones' first history book was a popular narrative history of the English Peasants' Revolt of 1381, titled Summer of Blood: The Peasants' Revolt of 1381, which was published in 2009. His second book, The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England, was published in 2012 in the United Kingdom and a year later in the United States, where it became a New York Times bestseller. The book, which covers the history of the Plantagenet dynasty from Henry II to Richard II, received positive reviews from critics.
Jones' third book, The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors published in 2014, picks up where The Plantagenets leaves off and covers the period 1420–1541, from the death of Henry V to the execution of Henry VIII's cousin, Margaret Pole.
His fourth book is about Magna Carta and is titled Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter. It was also published in 2014.
Jones' fifth book, The Templars, The Rise and the Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors, was published in September 2017 about the Knights Templar. Jones also worked as historical consultant on the 2018 History historical drama Knightfall, also presenting the official podcast.
In August 2018, he published The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850–1960 illustrated by Marina Amaral. He collaborated with Amaral again in 2020 for the book The World Aflame.
Crusaders: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Land was published on 5 September 2019. It deals with the Crusades from 1096 onwards.
Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages was published by Head of Zeus in 2021.
In May 2017 he co-wrote and co-presented a three-part docu-drama, Elizabeth I, with Suzannah Lipscomb. It was broadcast on Channel 5.
In May and June 2017, Jones, with Suzannah Lipscomb and engineer Rob Bell, presented The Great Fire, for Channel 5, a series in which the three presenters walked the actual route the Great Fire of London fire took across the city.
In June 2018 he presented a three-part series for Channel 5, Building Britain's Canals.
Jones has also made a four-part documentary series entitled Britain's Bloody Crown about the Wars of the Roses.
Over four weeks in March 2019, Jones presented London: 2,000 years of history alongside Lipscomb and Bell.
Jones is a journalist. He is a columnist at the London Evening Standard, where he writes regularly about sport. He has written for The Times, the Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Spectator, The Daily Beast and Newsweek, The Literary Review, The New Statesman, GQ, BBC History Magazine and History Today.
- Summer of Blood: The Peasants' Revolt of 1381, London, HarperPress, 2009, ISBN 978-0-00-721391-7.
- The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England, London, HarperPress, 2012, ISBN 978-0-00-721392-4
- The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors, London, Faber, 2014, ISBN 978-0-571-28807-6; also published as: The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors, New York, Viking, 2014, ISBN 978-0-670-02667-8
- Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter, London, Head of Zeus, 2014, ISBN 978-1-78185-885-1; also published as: Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty, New York, Viking, 2014 ISBN 978-0-52542-829-9
- The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors, London, Head of Zeus, 2017, ISBN 978-0-525-42830-5.
- The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850–1960, London, Apollo, 2018, ISBN 978-1-78669-268-9.
- Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Land, London, Head of Zeus, 2019
- The World Aflame: The Long War, 1914–1945, London, Apollo, 2020, ISBN 978-1-78854-778-9.
- Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages, London, Head of Zeus, 2021, ISBN 978-1-78954-355-1.
|2014||Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty||Presenter||4 episodes|
|2015–16||Secrets of Great British Castles||12 episodes; Co-writer|
|2016||The Wright Stuff||Guest||episode: "Episode #21.4"|
|Britain's Bloody Crown||Presenter||4 episodes|
|Henry VIII and His Six Wives||Co-presenter||4 episodes; with Suzannah Lipscomb|
|2017||1066: A Year to Conquer England||Self / Historian||2 episodes|
|Elizabeth I||Co-presenter||3 episodes; with Suzannah Lipscomb|
|The Great Fire: In Real Time||3 episodes; with Suzannah Lipscomb and Rob Bell|
|2017–18||Secrets of the National Trust||Guest presenter||5 episodes|
|2018||Buried: Knights Templar and the Holy Grail||Self / Historian||4 episodes|
|Building Britain's Canals||Presenter||3 episodes|
|Christmas University Challenge||Contestant||episode: "Pembroke College, Cambridge v King's London"|
|2019||London: 2000 Years of History||Co-presenter||4 episodes; with Suzannah Lipscomb and Rob Bell|
|2020||Walking Britain's Roman Roads||Presenter||6 episodes|
- Jones, Daniel Gwynne. Who's Who. 2021. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U276782. ISBN 978-0-19-954088-4. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
- "Meet Dan Jones: England's edgiest historian". Archived from the original on 31 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
- "Wars of the Roses (Jones)". Lit Lovers. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
- http://files.harpercollins.com/Mktg/HarperCanada/PDF/HCC%20UK%20Winter%202010%20online.pdf[bare URL PDF]
- "Summer of Blood: the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 by Dan Jones: review". The Daily Telegraph. London. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
- "The Plantagenets – Books by Dan Jones – Penguin Group (USA)". Us.penguingroup.com. 18 April 2013.
- "The New York Times bestseller list". The New York Times. 5 May 2013.
- Larman, Alexander (3 June 2012). "The Plantagenets by Dan Jones – review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
- Woodwards, Colin; Woodward, Colin (2 August 2013). "The Plantaganets The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England By Dan Jones". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
- "Dan Jones | Penguin Random House". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
- "The Templars by Dan Jones". Penguin Random House.
- Dinning, Rachel (17 July 2018). "Dan Jones on the Templars and 'Knightfall'". History Extra.
- "Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty". Channel5.com. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- "Catalogue". Dcdrights.com. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- "Henry VIII and His Six Wives". Channel 5. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
- "Elizabeth I". Channel 5. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
- "Three part series on The Great Fire of London to air on Channel 5". ATV Today. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
- "The Great Fire: In Real Time". Channel 5. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
- "The Great Fire: London Burns - S1". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
- "London: 2000 Years Of History". Channel 5. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
- Jones, Dan (18 June 2013). "A scare could be just what the Lions needed". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- Dan Jones (18 August 2012). "The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford". The Times. London.
- Dan Jones (25 September 2012). "The history of Britain (in 15 minutes): from Stonehenge to the credit crunch". The Times. London.
- Dan Jones (24 March 2012). "Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim by John Guy". The Times. London.
- Dan Jones (6 May 2012). "Rise of the Plantagenets". The Sunday Times. London. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014.
- Dan Jones (30 September 2012). "Blood Sisters: The Hidden Lives of the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood". The Sunday Times. London. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014.
- Dan Jones (14 October 2012). "A cavalier, with facts". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014.
- "Books of the Year 2011: History Books". The Daily Telegraph. London. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
- Jones, Dan (29 November 2012). "Christmas 2012: History books of the year". The Daily Telegraph. London.
- "Hay Festival 2012: Dan Jones on Freedom of Speech". The Daily Telegraph. London. 5 June 2012.
- "The modern joys of Christmas past". The Daily Telegraph. London. 23 December 2012.
- "Dan Jones | Spectator Magazine". The Spectator. London. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
- "Dan Jones". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- Jones, Dan. "The Following Game". New Statesman. Retrieved 11 February 2012.