The Oxford Book of Royal Anecdotes

The Oxford Book of Royal Anecdotes

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This book is full of stories written and reported about the kings and queens of England from Boedicca to Elizabeth II. Royal anecdotes differ in one important respect from anecdotes on other subjects: they are part of an immense narrative history in which one monarch is descended from another and family relationships over many decades forge links that cannot be ignored. The author has taken advantage of this feature to create a collection of anecdotes that becomes a complex of royal genealogy, introduces and describes new characters, and comments on the anecdotes. Sources range from the earliest medieval chroniclers to present-day biographers and historians, from dispassionate descriptions to intimate and revealing accounts in journals and letters by the monarchs themselves. All the familiar and well loved tales are here - Alfred and the cakes, Cnut and waves, Charles II hiding in an oak tree - as well as many less familiar stories to surprise. For anyone who remembers having to learn the dates of the kings and queens of England by rote, this book should come as a revelation. These pages are full of murders and martyrdoms, revolutions and bloody battles - chronicled at first-hand by victim, perpetrator, and eye-witness alike. Scholars and versifiers, law-givers and saints crowd the scene alongside soldiers, scallywags, and imbeciles - and rarely have these distant figures been brought more vividly to life than in the course of this anthology.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 571 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 40.64mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 5 pp genealogical tables
  • 0192828517
  • 9780192828514

About Elizabeth Longford

About the Author: The Countess of Longford's other books include Victoria RI, The Queen Mother: A Biography, and Elizabeth R.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 The Celts and the Britons AD61-AD500: Arthur. Part 2 The Saxons 560-1016: Ethelbert; Edwin; Ine; Offa; Caedwalla; Alfred the Great; Edward the Elder; Athelstan; Edmund; Eadred; Eadwig; Edgar; Edward the Martyr; Ethelred the Unready; Edmund Ironside. Part 3 The Danes 1016-1066: Cnut; Harold Harefoot; Harthacnut; Edward the Confessor; Harold. Part 4 The Normans 1066-1154: William the Conqueror; William Rufus; Henry 1; Stephen. Part 5 The Angevins or Plantagenets 1154-1399: Henry 11; Richard 1; John; Henry 111; Edward 1; Edward 11; Edward 111; Richard 11. Part 6 The Lancastrians 1399-1461: Henry 1V; Henry V; Henry V1. Part 7 The Yorkists: 1461-1485: Edward 1V; Edward V; Richard 111. Part 8 The Tudors 1485-1603: Henry V11; Henry V111; Edward V1; Mary; Elizabeth 1. Part 9 The Stuarts 1603-1714: James 1; Charles 1; Charles 11; James 11; William 111 and Mary; Anne. Part 10 The Hanoverians 1714-1837: George 1; George 11; George 111; George 1V; William 1V. Part 11 Victoria and her descendants 1837: Victoria; Edward V11; George V; Edward V111; George V1; Elizabeth 11.show more

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