Dan Jones (writer)

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Dan Jones
Dan Jones, historian and journalist.jpg
Dan Jones in 2012
Born Daniel Gwynne Jones
(1981-07-27) 27 July 1981 (age 35)
Reading, England
Occupation Historian and journalist

Dan Jones (born 27 July 1981) is an English writer, historian, TV presenter and journalist.

Personal life[edit]

Jones was born in Reading, England, in 1981 to Welsh parents.[citation needed] 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.[1] He got a First in History in 2002.[2] He is a historian, a newspaper columnist, and a magazine editor. He lives in Battersea, London, 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.[3] 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,[4] where it became a New York Times bestseller.[5] 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 arrival of the Tudors.[6]

His fourth book is titled "Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter" and was published in 2014.[7]

TV presenter[edit]

In 2014, Jones's book The Plantagenets was adapted for television as a four-part series on Channel 5 (UK) entitled Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty: The Plantagenets.[8]

Jones has also made a twelve-part series for Channel 5 (UK) entitled Secrets of Great British Castles.[9]

In April 2016, he co-wrote and co-presented, with Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, Henry VIII and His Six Wives[10] which was shown on Channel 5.[11]

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.[12]]]


Jones is a journalist. He is a columnist at the London Evening Standard, where he writes regularly about sport.[13] He has written for The Times,[14][15][16] the Sunday Times,[17][18][19] The Telegraph,[20][21][22][23] and for The Spectator,[24] The Daily Beast and Newsweek,[25] The Literary Review, The New Statesman,[26] 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]


  • 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 Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England, London, HarperPress, 2012, ISBN 978-0-00-721392-4 [27]
  • Summer of Blood: The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, London, HarperPress, 2009, ISBN 978-0-00-721391-7.


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "The Peasants Revolt, Medieval History – History Book by Dan Jones". Summer of blood. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "The Plantagenets – Books by Dan Jones – Penguin Group (USA)". Us.penguingroup.com. 2013-04-18. 
  5. ^ "The New York Times – bestseller list". nytimes.com. 2013-05-05. 
  6. ^ Heilbrun, Margaret. "Before Richard III: Author Interview with Dan Jones, The Plantagenets". Library Journal. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter: Amazon.co.uk: Dan Jones: 9781781858851: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty". Channel5.com. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  9. ^ "Catalogue". Dcdrights.com. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  10. ^ http://www.channel5.com/show/henry-viii-and-his-six-wives
  11. ^ http://www.channel5.com
  12. ^ http://www.channel5.com/show/elizabeth-i/
  13. ^ Jones, Dan (18 June 2013). "A scare could be just what the Lions needed". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Dan Jones (2012-08-18). "The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford". The Times. 
  15. ^ Dan Jones Last updated at 12:01AM, 25 September 2012 (2012-09-25). "The history of Britain (in 15 minutes): from Stonehenge to the credit crunch". The Times. 
  16. ^ Dan Jones (2012-03-24). "Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim by John Guy". The Times. 
  17. ^ Dan Jones (2012-05-06). "Rise of the Plantagenets". The Sunday Times. 
  18. ^ Dan Jones (2012-09-30). "Blood Sisters: The Hidden Lives of the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood". The Sunday Times. 
  19. ^ Dan Jones (2012-10-14). "A cavalier, with facts". The Sunday Times. 
  20. ^ Book Reviews (21 November 2011). "Books of the Year 2011: History Books". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  21. ^ Jones, Dan (2012-11-29). "Christmas 2012: History books of the year". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  22. ^ Hay Festival (5 June 2012). "Hay Festival 2012: Dan Jones on Freedom of Speech". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  23. ^ Christmas (2012-12-23). "The modern joys of Christmas past". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  24. ^ "Dan Jones | Spectator Magazine". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Dan Jones". Thedailybeast. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  26. ^ Jones, Dan. "The Following Game". New Statesman. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "HarperCollins". Harpercollins.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2012. [permanent dead link]