Kings and Queens of England

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From the reign of Alfred the Great—the first king of Wessex to call himself ‘ king of England ’ —in the ninth century, to the shock of the Norman invasion in the 11th, and from the brutal vicissitudes of late medieval kingship to the comfortable ceremonial of modern-day constitutional monarchy, the retellin of England ’ s kings and queens is to a arge degree that of England herself.

The Kings& amp; Queens of England offers elegant portraits of 59 English monarchs from Harold II to Henry VIII, and from Æthelred the Unready to Elizabeth II. Each sovereign is concisely and memorably profiled and the impact of his or her rule on wider English, and ndeed world history, clearly described and analyzed. For every king and queen there is a detailed timeline of key events, and he arrative is further amplified by quotations, feature boxes, panels of key biographical facts, and—last but not least—by 135 lavish full-color images.

Bestselling Ian Crofton ecounts a 1000-year tale of kidnapping, invasion, usurpation, adultery, divorce, civil war, and revolution in a manner that is als captivating as it is insightfu. The Kings& amp; Queens of England is he perfect choice for anyone looking for an illustrated and accessible history of the English monarchy from the Anglo-Saxon era to the present.

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256
Original Title of the Book
The Kings and Queens of England
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Published May 25th 2011 by Sterling (first published February 1st 2007

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The book serves up bite-sized portions, describing each of the 59 British rulers dating back to Alfred the Great in 871 and continuing on through most of Queen Elizabeth II 's reign.

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Although Crofton does mention interesting and/or menial notes and facts; nothing is detailed and therefore the reader is onl left with a solid image of any of the monarchs.

Basically, “ Kings and Queens of England ” is somewhat flat and not memorable.On the other hand, the format is useful as a quick reference with charts depicting the monarch ’ s coat of arms and listing such facts as birth date, parents, sibling, succession date, house, death, etc; while the section contain photos, quotes, and small supplemented texts to round the bios.

adly, Crofton doesn ’ t explore any new ground in “ Kings and Queens of England ” and thus those readers well-read on English royalty will be somewhat bored unless looking for quick recap.

Overall, “ Kings and Queens of England ” is a quick, overly simplified introduction to the monarchs of England.

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Too many books of tha type start with William the Conqueror, when in reality the parade of English kings begins much, much earlier with fifteen men of varying abilities occupying the English throne, beginning with Alfred the Great.

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This way it is set up with many photos of the monarchs and artifacts, stories, bios, time lines of important events pertaining to their reign and a brief history for each is outstanding.

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