Michael Thomas Barry is a graduate of the California State University, Fullerton. His previous books include Final Resting Places Orange County's Dead & Famous, Fade to Black: Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats, 1927-1950, and Murder & Mayhem: 50 Crimes that Shocked Early California, 1849-1949.
Great Britain's Royal Tombs: A Guide to the Lives and Burial Places of British Monarchsby Michael Thomas Barry
An essential and concise reference guide to the final resting places of the monarchs of England. Through 234 illustrations and photos, learn the true-life stories of the monarchs of England from the warrior kings of the Dark Ages to modern day and where they are buried today. Visit some of the famous cathedrals and lesser-known burial sites throughout Great Britain
An essential and concise reference guide to the final resting places of the monarchs of England. Through 234 illustrations and photos, learn the true-life stories of the monarchs of England from the warrior kings of the Dark Ages to modern day and where they are buried today. Visit some of the famous cathedrals and lesser-known burial sites throughout Great Britain. Learn about some of the most dramatic episodes in the history of Great Britain. Whether it's William the Conqueror's slaying of Harold Godwinson, Henry VIII's readiness to behead his unfortunate wives, or Elizabeth I's chastity, these monarchs hold both legendary and symbolic positions in the public imagination. In a spectacular celebration of the British monarchy, discover momentous content detailing the lives and final resting places of each ruler. Also presented are their achievements and failings, as well as their impact on the wider world. A magnificent visual feast, this book guarantees to bring history alive for readers of all ages, through exciting narrative, illustrations, paintings, and rare photographs.
WINNER of the 2013 International Book Awards in the General History category!
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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite Author Michael Thomas Barry has done in-depth research on the royal families of Great Britain, going back to those who governed the land before the Norman Invasion in 1066 and the rise of William the Conqueror. Barry writes on all the sovereigns, the Plantagenets, the rulers of the houses of York and Lancaster, the Tudors, the Stuarts, their spouses, the controversies surrounding them and their years of reign. The author also tells us where the monarchs are buried and if and when their bodies were moved or just removed, lost during wars or destroyed by angry and hateful opponents. He covers the famous mystery of the two young princes, Edward and Richard, who might have been killed lest one of them gain the throne and so whose bodies were hidden in the walls of the Tower of London. Plentiful and excellent color pictures of each king and queen, their consorts and burial sites, plus charts, a genealogy at the beginning, an extensive bibliography and index complete "Great Britain's Royal Tombs: a Guide to the Lives and Burial Places of British Monarchs". "Great Britain's Royal Tombs" is a highly readable and comprehensive look into where England's kings and queens are buried and it is also a fascinating retelling of their lives, when and how they ascended to the throne of England and how they actually died and what probably caused their deaths. For instance, the author reports that the famous Black Prince very probably died of cancer. The author also notes interesting facts such as the royal family changing its last name to Windsor during World War I lest people turn against them for their German ancestry. Michael Barry has created a masterpiece, a brilliant overview of Great Britain's royal rulers, that belongs in libraries worldwide and will be loved by Anglophiles everywhere.