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The Lives of the Kings & Queens of England (1975)
by Antonia Fraser (Editor)
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A nice overview, but a bit overwhelming. Al the names just blend and blend and blend.... ( )
Pretty bare bones but considering the length of time and the material covered it limits the amount of information on view for each monarch. Cleared up some of the mysteries of the more infamous monarchs and was easy reading.
Excellent resource for the student of English history or their royal family. Heavily illustrated with color photographs,period artwork, family shields, and genealogical trees.
The ranking of 5 stars doesn't mean this is some wonderful classic--but taken for what it is (a biography of every post-Conquest ruler of England)--it is exceedingly well done. I think it's better than the other major book in this area, the Oxford Kings and Queens of England...that book only has short essays on each ruler, and focuses more on the concept of kingship and how it changed through the years. The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England is different-even the random kings no one really pays attention to get decent articles (does anyone really know that much about Henry III or George II, besides the fact the latter died on the toilet?) The book is large and full of paintings or photos, as the era dictates. One other thing: though the title is kings and queens of england, each essay focuses mostly on whoever was the ruler. The Queens part refers to Elizabeth I and II, Matilda, Victoria, the Annes, etc.
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This essential reference is a concise, accessible guide to the great dynasties of English royalty. A collection of biographical sketches that encompasses the period from the establishment of monarchical power by the early Norman kings through the reign of Elizabeth II, The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England tells the stories of many monarchs and their colorful lives--some merry, some cruel, some heroic, others sinister. Antonia Fraser and a collection of distinguished contributors bring the people and events to life in this lavishly illustrated volume that is both engrossing history and an excellent reference tool. This updated edition includes a new essay describing the recently tumultuous reign of the Windsors. Included are details of the weddings of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, and of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson; the acrimonious collapse of the marriages; the effect the media have had on the royal family's image; and the fire at Windsor Castle. Such recent events as Diana's tragic death, the decommissioning of the Royal Yacht Britannia, and the launching of Queen Elizabeth's own website are also discussed. Accompanying the text are 175 contemporary illustrations and drawings of the royal coats of arms, with their significance explained by J.P. Brooke-Little, Richmond Herald of Arms. This is a dazzling story of a thousand years of English history, as told through the lives and deeds of the nation's sovereigns.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)941.0099 — History and Geography Europe British Isles Historical periods of British Isles Geographic treatment, biography Collected persons
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