Dan Jones (writer)

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Dan Jones
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Dan Jones in 2012
Daniel Gwynne Jones

(1981-07-27) 27 July 1981 (age 38)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
OccupationHistorian and journalist
Known forHistory

Daniel Jones (born 27 July 1981) is a Welsh historian, TV presenter and journalist. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge where he was taught by David Starkey.

Personal life[edit]

Jones was born in Reading, England, in 1981 to Welsh parents.[1][2] He was educated at The Royal Latin School, a state grammar school in Buckingham, before attending Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, where he was taught by David Starkey.[3] He got a First in History in 2002.[4] He lives in Staines-upon-Thames with his wife and two daughters.


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.[5] 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,[6] where it became a New York Times bestseller.[7] It is a family portrait of the Plantagenet kings from Henry II to Richard II.

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, 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.[8] Jones also worked as historical consultant on the 2018 HISTORY historical drama Knightfall, also presenting the official podcast.[9]

In August 2018, he published The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850-1960 illustrated by Marina Amaral.

His sixth book, 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.

TV presenter[edit]

In 2014, Jones' book The Plantagenets was adapted for television as a four-part series on Channel 5 (UK) entitled Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty: The Plantagenets.[10]

Jones has also made a twelve-part series for Channel 5 (UK) entitled Secrets of Great British Castles.[11]

In April 2016, he co-wrote and co-presented, with Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, Henry VIII and His Six Wives[12] which was shown on Channel 5 (UK).[13]

In May 2017, he co-wrote and co-presented a three-part docu-drama, with Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, Elizabeth I, which was shown on Channel 5 (UK).[14]

For three consecutive evenings, in May and June 2017, Jones, with Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb and engineer Rob Bell, presented The Great Fire, for Channel 5 (UK), a series in which the three presenters walked the actual route the Great Fire of London fire took across the city.[15][16][17]

In June 2018 he presented a three-part series, for Channel 5 (UK), Building Britain's Canals.

Jones has also made a four part documentary series entitled Britain's Bloody Crown which is about the Wars of the Roses.

Over four weeks in March 2019, Jones, with Prof. Suzannah Lipscomb and engineer Rob Bell, presented London: 2,000 years of history, for Channel 5 (UK)[18].


Jones is a journalist. He is a columnist at the London Evening Standard, where he writes regularly about sport.[19] He has written for The Times,[20][21][22] the Sunday Times,[23][24][25] The Telegraph,[26][27][28][29] and for The Spectator,[30] The Daily Beast and Newsweek,[31] The Literary Review, The New Statesman,[32] GQ, BBC History Magazine and History Today.


Dan Jones is the great-nephew of British politician and journalist Alun Gwynne Jones, Baron Chalfont.[citation needed].


  • Summer of Blood: The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, London, HarperPress, 2009, ISBN 978-0-00-721391-7.
  • The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England, London, HarperPress, 2012, ISBN 978-0-00-721392-4 [33]
  • Magna Carta: The Making And Legacy Of The Great Charter, London, Head of Zeus, 2014, ISBN 978-1-781-85885-1.
  • 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. (Known in the UK as The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors, London, 2014, ISBN 978-0-571-28807-6.)
  • The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors, London, Head of Zeus, 2017, ISBN 9780525428305.
  • The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850-1960, London, Apollo, 2018, ISBN 9781786692689.
  • Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Land Publisher: Head of Zeus, 2019


  1. ^ "Meet Dan Jones: England's edgiest historian". Archived from the original on 31 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Wars of the Roses (Jones)". Lit Lovers. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  3. ^ Oliver Marre (28 June 2009). "They're too cool for school: meet the new history boys and girls | The Observer". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  4. ^ "The Peasants Revolt, Medieval History – History Book by Dan Jones". Summer of blood. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  5. ^ Book Reviews (30 May 2009). "Summer of Blood: the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 by Dan Jones: review". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  6. ^ "The Plantagenets – Books by Dan Jones – Penguin Group (USA)". Us.penguingroup.com. 18 April 2013.
  7. ^ "The New York Times – bestseller list". nytimes.com. 5 May 2013.
  8. ^ "The Templars by Dan Jones". Penguin Random House.
  9. ^ Dinning, Rachel (17 July 2018). "Dan Jones on the Templars and 'Knightfall'". History Extra.
  10. ^ "Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty". Channel5.com. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Catalogue". Dcdrights.com. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  12. ^ http://www.channel5.com/show/henry-viii-and-his-six-wives
  13. ^ http://www.channel5.com
  14. ^ http://www.channel5.com/show/elizabeth-i/
  15. ^ http://www.atvtoday.co.uk/96794-ch5/
  16. ^ http://www.channel5.com/show/the-great-fire-in-real-time/
  17. ^ http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/fqc9nw/the-great-fire--s1-e1-the-great-fire-london-burns/
  18. ^ https://www.channel5.com/show/london-2000-years-of-history/
  19. ^ Jones, Dan (18 June 2013). "A scare could be just what the Lions needed". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  20. ^ Dan Jones (18 August 2012). "The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford". The Times.
  21. ^ Dan Jones Last updated at 12:01AM, 25 September 2012 (25 September 2012). "The history of Britain (in 15 minutes): from Stonehenge to the credit crunch". The Times.
  22. ^ Dan Jones (24 March 2012). "Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim by John Guy". The Times.
  23. ^ Dan Jones (6 May 2012). "Rise of the Plantagenets". The Sunday Times.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ Dan Jones (14 October 2012). "A cavalier, with facts". The Sunday Times.
  26. ^ Book Reviews (21 November 2011). "Books of the Year 2011: History Books". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  27. ^ Jones, Dan (29 November 2012). "Christmas 2012: History books of the year". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  28. ^ Hay Festival (5 June 2012). "Hay Festival 2012: Dan Jones on Freedom of Speech". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  29. ^ Christmas (23 December 2012). "The modern joys of Christmas past". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  30. ^ "Dan Jones | Spectator Magazine". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  31. ^ "Dan Jones". Thedailybeast. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  32. ^ Jones, Dan. "The Following Game". New Statesman. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  33. ^ "HarperCollins". Harpercollins.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2012.[permanent dead link]