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- Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
- Format: Hardback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 192mm x 240mm x 28mm | 980g
- Publication date: 1 July 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857385313
- ISBN 13: 9780857385314
- Illustrations note: 135 colour images
- Sales rank: 82,282
From the reign of Alfred the Great - the first king of Wessex to call himself 'king of England' - in the 9th century, to the shock of Norman invasion in the 11th, and from the brutal vicissitudes of late medieval kingship to the comfortable ceremonial of modern-day constitutional monarchy, the story of England's kings and queens is to a large degree that of England herself. Kings and Queens of England offers readable profiles of 59 English monarchs from Harold II to Henry VIII, and from Ethelred the Unready to Elizabeth II. Each monarch is elegantly profiled and the impact of their rule on wider English history clearly and concisely described and analysed. For every king and queen there is a detailed timeline, and the narrative is further amplified by display quotations, feature boxes, panels of key biographical facts, and - last but not least - by 135 lavish full-colour images. Ian Crofton recounts a 1000-year tale of murder, invasion, usurpation, adultery, divorce, civil war and revolution in a manner that is as entertaining as it is informative. The Kings and Queens of England is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an illustrated account of the English monarchy from the Anglo-Saxon era to the present.
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A former editor-in-chief of The Guinness Encyclopedia, Ian Crofton's authorial credits include Brewer's Britain and Ireland (2005) and the forthcoming 2nd edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable (with John Ayto). He lives in North London with his family.
Table of contents
THE ANGLO-SAXONS AND NORSE KINGS: Alfred the Great; Edward the Elder; Athelstan; Edmund I; Edred; Eadwig; Edgar; Edward the Martyr; Aethelred the Unready; Sweyn Forkbeard; Edmund II Ironside; Cnut; Harold Harefoot and Harthacnut; Edward the Confessor; Harold II Godwineson. THE NORMANS: William I the Conqueror; William II Rufus; Henry I; Stephen; Matilda; Henry II; Richard I Lionheart; John. THE PLANTAGENETS: Henry III; Edward I; Edward II; Edward III; Richard II; Henry IV; Henry V; Henry VI; Edward IV; Edward V; Richard III. THE TUDORS: Henry VII; Henry VIII; Edward VI; Jane; Mary I; Elizabeth I. THE STUARTS: James I; Charles I; Interregnum; Charles II; James II; William III and Mary II; Anne. THE HOUSE OF HANOVER: George I; George II; George III; George IV; William IV; Victoria. THE HOUSE OF SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA: Edward VII. THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR: George V; Edward VIII; George VI; Elizabeth II. Appendix: Dynastic Family Trees. Index.