Kings and Queens: An Illustrated Guide to British Monarchs

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A copiously illustrated guide to the monarchs of the British Isles and Ireland from pre-Saxon times to the present, complete with concise genealogical charts and details of key historical events.The book is divided into five sections, together with a Compendium at the end.Part One, presents information about Pre-Saxon rule, including details about ancient British chiefs, Roman rulers and the Roman Conquest. Part Two provides information about Scotland, Ireland and Wales, with sections on Robert I and the Wars of ...

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Overview

A copiously illustrated guide to the monarchs of the British Isles and Ireland from pre-Saxon times to the present, complete with concise genealogical charts and details of key historical events.The book is divided into five sections, together with a Compendium at the end.Part One, presents information about Pre-Saxon rule, including details about ancient British chiefs, Roman rulers and the Roman Conquest. Part Two provides information about Scotland, Ireland and Wales, with sections on Robert I and the Wars of Independence, The Union of the Crowns, the Princes of Wales and the High Kingship of Ireland.Part Three discusses the Saxons, Normans and Plantagenets. Part Four gives details about the Tudors and Stuarts. Part Five presents an in-depth discussion of the houses from Hanover to Windsor.Parts Two to Five provide all the essential information you will need to know about Kings and Queens including details of birth, parents, accession to the throne, coronation, authority, personal status, death date and burial place for each monarch.In addition an overview is given for each reign outlining major events and personal tragedies, war, celebrations and conspiracies.

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‘A must-have resource for writers, teachers, everyone! Everything you need to know about the Kings and Queens of England is right here in this tiny volume. If you can’t keep your Edwards or Henrys straight, you need this pocket book’.Amazon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007188857
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Collins Gem Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,343,279
  • Product dimensions: 3.20 (w) x 4.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
How To Use This Book 8
Part 1 Pre-Saxon Rule 10
Ancient British Chiefs 10
Boudicca 14
The Roman Conquest 16
Roman Rulers 18
Dark Ages 20
Part 2 Scotland, Ireland and Wales 22
Kings of Scots 22
Robert I and the Wars of Independence 40
Flodden 49
The Union of the Crowns 53
Irish Kings 54
The High Kingship of Ireland 58
Princes of Wales 60
Major Welsh Rulers 61
Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, 'the Great' 72
Part 3 Saxons, Normans and Plantagenets 76
Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms 76
The Vikings and the House of Wessex 96
Saxon Kings of England 97
Danish Kings 105
The Normans 114
The Norman Conquest 116
The Angevins 128
The King and the Archbishop 132
The Earl Marshal 138
The Wars of the Roses' 156
Part 4 Tudors and Stuarts 164
The Tudors 164
The Wives of Henry VIII 170
The Stuarts 178
The Gunpowder Plot 181
The English Civil Wars 184
Part 5 Hanover to Windsor 196
The Hanoverians 196
The Jacobite Risings 202
The Role of the Monarchy under Victoria 212
Home Rule 214
Parliament and Sovereignty 216
The British Empire 218
The Abdication Crisis 226
Part 6 Compendium 232
The Crown Jewels 232
Nicknames 235
Genealogical Charts 236
Illustration Notes 250
Index 251
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