Kings and Queens: The Concise GuideHardback
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- Publisher: DAVID & CHARLES
- Format: Hardback | 480 pages
- Dimensions: 122mm x 152mm x 40mm | 640g
- Publication date: 27 October 2007
- Publication City/Country: Newton Abbot
- ISBN 10: 0715323768
- ISBN 13: 9780715323762
- Illustrations note: 200 colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 84,039
This best-selling title is a handy-format, fully comprehensive guide to the rulers of the British nations and their chequered histories, from pre-Roman times to the present day. From King Kenneth I and Henry VIII through to Princess Diana, the Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II, Kings and Queens: The Concise Guide reveals the lives and personalities of each monarch - the good, bad, lazy, greedy, downright wicked, sometimes mad and occasionally brilliant - and examines the ways in which they have shaped history. Including family trees, key facts and further details, as well as timelines to help place each monarch in their historical context, the book covers the major social, political and commercial events of each monarch's reign. The author also provides additional information on the spirit, traditions and innovations of the nation at the time, including politics, arts, architecture and fashions. It is a magnificent visual feast in an appealing format, which guarantees to bring history alive for readers of all ages, through exciting narrative, famous paintings and rare archive photographs.
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Richard Cavendish is an author and historian who has written many books and contributed to hundreds of others. His work also appears regularly in History Today magazine. He lives in West London. Pip Leahy is a freelance writer and researcher. She was the chief researcher on Castles (D&C, 2005) and works at the University of Plymouth.
By Mark Thwaite 10 Dec 2008
Richard Cavendish and Pip Leahy's handsome Kings & Queens: The Concise Guide does, as they say, exactly what it says on the tin. A lovely, boxy hardback (150 X 114mm), with over 200 colour illustrations, Cavendish and Leahy's guide takes us from the rulers in pre-Roman times ("the seeds of British kingship were sown long before the Romans or the Anglo-Saxons arrived on England's east coast ... The Celts had carved out their own numerous kingdoms, and they lived in organized, pagan societies ruled by a tribal king") all the way to the present day Windsors.
Over the course of the journey we learn about the Saxons, the Vikings, Alfred the Great (who ruled 871-899), Edward the Confessor (1042-1066), David II of Scotland (Scotland is well served by Cavendish and Leahy's tome) and all the rest of the merry band of monarchs who've ruled these shores. There are certainly more scholarly accounts on the market -- David Starkey's Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors comes immediately to mind -- but if you are happy to ignore the tales of the great unwashed lorded over by this rum lot of aristocrats then this is an excellent guide to British history and its roll call of rulers.
Table of contents
Introduction; 1 Early Kingdoms & Territories; 2 Pre-Conquest England; 3 Scotland 1034-1329; 4 The Normans; 5 Angevins & Plantagenets; 6 Lancaster & York; 7 Scotland 1329-1625; 8 The Tudors; 9 The Stuarts; 10 The Hanoverians; 11 The Windsors; The Family Trees; Picture Credits; Acknowledgments; Index.