The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy

The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy

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The rich pageant of Britain's history emerges nowhere more colorfully than in the story of its kings and queens. This spectacular book offers the most authoritative account of the British monarchy ever published for the general reader. With over 400 illustrations--a third of them in color--it traces the crown's full history from Anglo-Saxon times to the present. The authors begin with the rise of recognizable kingdoms in Scotland, Wales, and England in the fifth century and conclude with a discussion of the crown's constitutional role, which emerged in Queen Victoria's reign, and how this has affected the monarchy of today. Along the way, we see how key traditions evolved: the right of succession, coronations and marriages, oaths of loyalty and military service, the granting of lands and titles, and the propagation of a powerful image of royalty. Supporting the text and illustrations are sidebars on each of the monarchs and on key general themes, color maps, an illustrated section on royal residences and tombs, a consolidated list of monarchs, genealogies, annotated lists of further reading, and a full index with personal dates.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 189 x 245.4 x 32mm | 1,726.83g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • colour and b&w illustrations, 7 colour maps, genealogies
  • 0192893289
  • 9780192893284

Table of contents

Diverse origins, c.400-1016; the age of "Empires", 1016-1216; monarch and nation, 1216-1509; governing monarchy, 1509-1689; mixed monarchy, 1689-1820; popular monarchy, 1820-1997; royal residences and tombs; genealogies of royal lines; list of monarchs.show more

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"What a feast....A sumptuously illustrated volume that like all good works of reference lends itself to browsing ....There are long thoughtful chapters on individual reigns; sprightly biographical vignettes; State papers and gossip; excursions into patronage of the arts and royal residences."--Sunday Telegraph (London)"Big and beautiful, this lushly illustrated volume traces the history of the millennium-old British monarchy from the immediate post-Roman period....to the present day....Lovely to look at, wonderfully helpful as a source of specific information, a delight to read straight through."--ALA Booklistshow more

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