Virtual Event: Dan Jones with Duff McKagan — Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages

This is a virtual event taking place via Zoom Webinar.

Third Place Books is pleased to welcome back Dan Jones—critically-acclaimed historian and the bestselling author of Crusaders, The Templars, and Wars of the Roses, as well as the writer of the popular Netflix series Secrets of Great British Castles—for a presentation on his comprehensive new work, Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages. Jones will be joined in conversation by Duff McKagan, best known as the bassist and founding member of Guns N’ Roses and the author of the memoirs It's So Easy: And Other Lies and How to Be a Man: (And Other Illusions).

Please note: the publication date for Powers and Thrones has changed from November 2nd to November 9th. Books ordered through our website will be shipped one week after the event date. Thank you for your patience!


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About Powers and Thrones. . .

“An audacious, entertaining page-turner. Dan Jones covers a thousand years of history with elegance and panache.”—Dan Carlin, host of Hardcore History

“Simply the best popular history of the Middle Ages there is.”—The Sunday Times (UK)

The New York Times bestselling author returns with an epic history of the medieval world—a rich and complicated reappraisal of an era whose legacy and lessons we are still living with today.

When the once-mighty city of Rome was sacked by barbarians in 410 and lay in ruins, it signaled the end of an era—and the beginning of a thousand years of profound transformation. In a gripping narrative bursting with big names—from Sts Augustine and Attila the Hun to the Prophet Muhammad and Eleanor of Aquitaine—Dan Jones charges through the history of the Middle Ages. Powers and Thrones takes readers on a journey through an emerging Europe, the great capitals of late Antiquity, as well as the influential cities of the Islamic West, and culminates in the first European voyages to the Americas.

The medieval world was forged by the big forces that still occupy us today: climate change, pandemic disease, mass migration, and technological revolutions. This was the time when the great European nationalities were formed; when the basic Western systems of law and governance were codified; when the Christian Churches matured as both powerful institutions and the regulators of Western public morality; and when art, architecture, philosophical inquiry and scientific invention went through periods of massive, revolutionary change.

The West was rebuilt on the ruins of an empire and emerged from a state of crisis and collapse to dominate the world. Every sphere of human life and activity was transformed in the thousand years covered by Powers and Thrones. As we face a critical turning point in our own millennium, Dan Jones shows that how we got here matters more than ever.


Praise for Powers and Thrones. . .

“Despite the immensity of the task, renowned historian Jones makes the 1,000-year history of the Middle Ages accessible and utterly fascinating. He does so by consistently applying two techniques, strategic use of primary source material and relatable comparisons to modern times…The book’s subtitle includes the word new, and deservedly so. This is a refreshing take on a long, complex period in the human story.” 

“This gripping history manages to bring novelty to a well-trod subject, spanning the Dark Ages and the globe. Traversing crises and empires and shedding new light on famous subjects, this archive of a fascinating time enthralls till the final page.”

“A terrifically colourful and compelling narrative history, with all the confidence, bravura and swift judgements essential to an overview of such a vast time span…  A hugely impressive achievement, bustling and sizzling with life on every page…This is now simply the best popular history of the Middle Ages there is.”
—The Sunday Times (UK)

Dan Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of Crusaders, The Templars, The Plantagenets, Wars of the Roses, and Magna Carta. He wrote and presented the popular Netflix series Secrets of Great British Castles, and has an exclusive deal with Sony Pictures Television to produce and develop historical TV series, including adaptations of his books. (Photo credit: Peter Clark)

Duff McKagan is one of the most recognized bassists in rock music history, best known as a founding member of the Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. McKagan has also become a prolific writer, as a five-year columnist for Seattle Weekly and stints as a weekly sports columnist for ESPN, as well as a financial columnist for He has authored a bestselling autobiography It's So Easy: And Other Lies, followed by his second book, How to Be a Man: (And Other Illusions). (Photo credit: Scott Dudelson)

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