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I Never Knew That About Royal Britain

I Never Knew That About Royal Britain

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By (author) Christopher Winn

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  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 204mm x 26mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 26 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091945151
  • ISBN 13: 9780091945152
  • Illustrations note: B/W LINE DRAWINGS
  • Sales rank: 302,017

Product description

Bestselling author Christopher Winn explores Britain's royal past, unearthing a rich legacy of castles and palaces, cathedrals and country retreats, battlefields and monuments where kings and queens lived and died. In this exploration of royal British history, discover whose heart is buried near the Tower of London; which palace was built on top of a mulberry garden; the world's oldest and largest occupied castle and the first building in Britain to have latrines. From the Palace of Scone to the Palace of Westminster, from Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of Henry VII, to Pontefract Castle, where Richard II starved to death, and from banqueting halls to beheading sites, this gem of a book is guaranteed to inform and amuse in equal measure.

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Christopher Winn's first book was the bestselling I Never Knew That About England. Volumes on Ireland, Scotland, Wales, London, the English, Irish and Scottish followed and he has recently published books on the Lake District, Yorkshire and the River Thames alongside an illustrated edition of I Never Knew That About England. A freelance writer and collector of trivia for over 20 years, he has worked with Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross and sets quiz questions for television as well as for the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. He is married to artist Mai Osawa, who illustrates all the books in the series. His website is www.i-never-knew-that.com.

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"A treasure trove of amazing facts and anecdotes - a right royal treat" -- Aled Jones "The Telegraph's master quiz-setter and trivia collector has mined the depths of his Royal knowledge in this ultimate guide to some of the people, places, events and corgis that have been connected with the crown throughout history. A book to dip in and out of, with its facts displayed in bite-size chunks interspersed with pictures. Star rating: * * * *" The Telegraph "Packed full of fascinating facts and anecdotes, Christopher Winn's I Never Knew That About Royal Britain contains entertaining trivia about the UK's royal castles and palaces." Saturday (Daily Express) "Royally good and that's a fact... it's an ideal companion to the upcoming Diamond Jubilee, 4*" -- Natasha Harding The Sun

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I Never Knew That... - Prince William and his wife Kate began their married life in a farmhouse on Anglesey, in North Wales, not far from the site of the farmhouse called Penmynydd where his ancestors the Tudors originated in the 14th century - The first recorded public fireworks display in Britain was held at Stirling Castle to celebrate the christening of James VI of Scotland (James I of England) in 1566 - At 5 feet 4 inches (1.62m) tall, Elizabeth II is the same height as Elizabeth I and Britain's shortest king, Charles I - Hanging in the nave of Westminster Abbey is the oldest known contemporary portrait of an English monarch, a wooden panel painting of Richard II, which dates from the 1390s - The National Anthem was first played in public in 1745, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London, after a performance of The Alchemist by Ben Jonson

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Discover hundreds of facts you never knew about Royal Britain in this intriguing miscellany. Bestselling author Christopher Winn explores Britain's royal past, unearthing a rich legacy of castles and palaces, cathedrals and country retreats, battlefields and monuments where kings and queens lived and died. Discover where King Alfred burnt the cakes; whose heart is buried near the Tower of London; which palace was built on top of a mulberry garden; the world's oldest and largest occupied castle and the first building in Britain to have latrines. From the Palace of Scone to the Palace of Westminster, from Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of Henry VII, to Pontefract Castle, where Richard II starved to death, and from banqueting halls to beheading sites, this gem of a book is guaranteed to inform and amuse in equal measure. £9.99