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The Lives of the Kings & Queens of England (1975)

by Antonia Fraser (Editor)

Other authors: Maurice Ashley (Contributor), J. P. Brooker-Little (Heraldic Consultant), Anthony Cheetham (Contributor), John Clarke (Contributor), Peter Earle (Contributor)5 more, Cynthia Finch Garner (Genealogical Tables), John Gillingham (Contributor), Richard Luckett (Contributor), Jasper Ridley (Contributor), Neville Williams (Contributor)

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This magnificent story of one thousand years of English history is told through the lives and deeds of Kings and Queens, from the Normans to the Windsors. Understand how the power of the crown has changed as a result of both the character and ability of each monarch and evolving historical circumstances. Eight specialist contributors depict the whole spectrum of royal life in a succinct and fascinating way. Newly revised in 1998, this edition offers expanded coverage of the House of Windsor, including recent events that have greatly affected the Royal Family.… (more)
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A nice overview, but a bit overwhelming. Al the names just blend and blend and blend.... ( )
  Sandydog1 | Jun 23, 2015 |
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. ( )
  charlie68 | Jul 10, 2009 |
Interesting ( )
  Harrod | Dec 3, 2008 |
Excellent resource for the student of English history or their royal family. Heavily illustrated with color photographs,period artwork, family shields, and genealogical trees. ( )
  drj | Jul 13, 2008 |
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. ( )
  uncultured | Jun 16, 2008 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Fraser, AntoniaEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ashley, MauriceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brooker-Little, J. P.Heraldic Consultantsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cheetham, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clarke, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Earle, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garner, Cynthia FinchGenealogical Tablessecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gillingham, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Luckett, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ridley, JasperContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, NevilleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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In one sense a volume of the lives of the kings and queens of England needs no introduction.

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William was born at about the time that his father, Robert, became Duke of Normandy (1028).

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This magnificent story of one thousand years of English history is told through the lives and deeds of Kings and Queens, from the Normans to the Windsors. Understand how the power of the crown has changed as a result of both the character and ability of each monarch and evolving historical circumstances. Eight specialist contributors depict the whole spectrum of royal life in a succinct and fascinating way. Newly revised in 1998, this edition offers expanded coverage of the House of Windsor, including recent events that have greatly affected the Royal Family.

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