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with Mark Wayne!

Wednesday, October 29 at 8:10 AM

The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
New York Times bestselling author DAN JONES picks up twenty years after his bestseller THE PLANTAGENETS left off.
THE WARS OF THE ROSES describes how the longest reigning British dynasty tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors. It is hard to imagine British history without Elizabeth I and Henry VIII, but no one who knew Own Tudor would ever have imagined his grandson would become the king of England. This is the real story behind Shakespeare’s famous history plays and is a bold and dramatic narrative history for fans of Game of Thrones or The White Queen.

Dan Jones’s New York Times bestseller The Plantagenets (was described by The Wall Street Journal as “fast-paced and accessible…old-fashioned storytelling [that] will be particularly appreciated by those who like their history red in tooth and claw.” In THE WARS OF THE ROSES: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors (published by Viking), Jones picks up twenty years after The Plantagenets left off and describes how the longest reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors.

Join Dan Jones on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 as he can discuss:
· The historic relationship between England and Scotland and how the two countries came to be ruled by a single king.
· How powerful medieval families like the Yorks and the Nevilles were a lot like the warlords in Afghanistan today, with their own independent armies, able to march on London and destabilize the central government and what medieval history can teach us about politics in the developing world.
· The real fate of Richard III, whose disfigured skeleton was discovered under a car park last year
· How women wielded power at the height of the age of chivalry – what the Queen’s household looked like and how it would compare with the present circle around the First Lady.
· The Plantagenets were the last kings to actually go personally into battle. Henry V is held up as one of the great British kings both for his valour on the battlefield and his good governance back home. By the time of Henry VIII, the king was no longer at the forefront of his own army – why the change?
· How the use of the white and red roses by the York and Lancaster families and the creation of the “Tudor rose” was a brilliant early form of branding and how the whole concept of the ‘wars of the roses’ was a brilliant piece of Tudor propaganda.
· What parts of the Game of Thrones are historically accurate? How have R.R. Martin and the producers used and distorted history? Are the battle scenes realistic? How about the power dynamics between the sexes?

BIO: Dan Jones is a historian and award-winning columnist for the Evening Standard. A graduate of Cambridge University, where he was a star student of David Starkey, he has presented a documentary for the BBC’s Handmade in Britain series and has appeared a number of times on the popular show Time Team. He lives in London with his wife and two young children. This year Dan is filming two television series – a series based on his bestselling book, The Plantagenets and another series entitled Great British Castles. Both are slated for broadcast in 2015.
Follow him on twitter @djones and visit him on the web at

Followed at 8:40 by:

Make the Link!
Diabetes, heart disease and stroke initiative sweeps the nation to educate people with diabetes about their risk for heart disease to help them live healthier lives

Research shows that people with diabetes are at a two to three times increased risk for coronary artery disease (CAD), the leading cause of death in the United States.

Caused by a buildup of fatty deposits in coronary arteries, CAD will be the cause of death in more than half of the total diabetes population.

That’s why an awareness campaign called Make the Link! Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke is sweeping the nation to educate people with diabetes about their risk for heart disease to help them live healthier lives.

In advance of American Diabetes Month, the American Diabetes Association in collaboration with Medtronic developed educational resources that include information on how to manage type 2 diabetes and CAD, reduce the risk of CAD and make healthy choices.

Walking is one way to be healthier and lower the risk for type 2 diabetes and CAD. to learn more about an American Diabetes Association Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event in your local community and download free information to lead a healthy life.

Key Facts:
. People with diabetes are at an increased risk for CAD, and death rates are about two-to-four times higher than adults without diabetes.
. CAD is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing nearly 400,000 American annually.
. CAD will be the cause of death in more than half of the total diabetes population.


Thursday, October 30th at 8:40


Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus:
What Your History Books Got Wrong
by James W. Loewen

Some myths don’t die, and lies are still being told about Christopher Columbus: that he “discovered” the Americas (not only was the land familiar to native inhabitants, but it had also been visited before by Europeans), that the land was sparsely populated by native people (there were fourteen million inhabitants in 1492), that those people were primitive (Europeans learned a lot and gained technology and agricultural skill from Native Americans), and that they submitted to Columbus’s “God-like” authority (they submitted to the deadly smallpox and bubonic plague that Columbus’s crew imported from Europe).

Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus disproves the myths about Columbus still enshrined in American textbooks with quotations from primary source material that sets the record straight. The poster and accompanying 48–page paperback book sum up the mistellings—and reveal the real story—in a graphically appealing and accessible format that shows the degree to which textbooks have “lied” by knowingly substituting crowd-pleasing myths for grim and gruesome historical evidence.

James W. Loewen is the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America. He is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont. He resides in Washington, D.C.

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