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 story of England’s kings and queens is to a large degree that of England herself.

The Kings & Queens of England offers elegant portraits of 59 English monarchs from Harold II to ...

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Overview

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 story of England’s kings and queens is to a large degree that of England herself.

The Kings & 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 indeed world history, clearly described and analyzed. For every king and queen there is a detailed timeline of key events, and the narrative is further amplified by quotations, feature boxes, panels of key biographical facts, and—last but not least—by 135 lavish full-color images.

Author Ian Crofton recounts a 1000-year tale of murder, invasion, usurpation, adultery, divorce, civil
war, and revolution in a manner that is as entertaining as it is informative. The Kings & Queens of England is the 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435129658
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 5/25/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 99,850
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Crofton is the author of World History: 50 Milestones You Really Need to Know, History Without the Boring Bits, and Traitors and Turncoats. He is a former editor-in-chief of The Guinness Encyclopedia.

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Table of Contents


The Anglo-Saxons and Norse Kings
871-899: Alfred the Great     10
899-924: Edward the Elder     16
924-939: Athelstan     18
939-946: Edmund I     20
946-955: Edred     21
955-959: Eadwig     22
959-975: Edgar     23
975-978: Edward the Martyr     25
978-1016: Aethelred the Unready     26
1013-1014: Sweyn Forkbeard     28
1016: Edmund II Ironside     29
1016-1035: Cnut     30
1035-1042: Harold Harefoot & Harthacnut     34
1042-1066: Edward the Confessor     36
1066: Harold II Godwineson     40
The Normans
1066-1087: William I the Conqueror     42
1087-1100: William II Rufus     50
1100-1135: Henry I     54
1135-1154: Stephen     58
1141: Matilda     62
1154-1189: Henry II     64
1189-1199: Richard I Lionheart     70
1199-1216: John     74
The Plantagenets
1216-1272: Henry III     78
1272-1307: Edward I     82
1307-1327: Edward II     88
1327-1377: Edward III     92
1377-1399: Richard II     96
1399-1413: HenryIV     100
1413-1422: Henry V     104
1422-1461, 1470-1471: Henry VI     109
1461-1470, 1471-1483: Edward IV     113
1483: Edward V     117
1483-1485: Richard III     118
The Tudors
1485-1509: Henry VII     122
1509-1547: Henry VIII     128
1547-1553: Edward VI     136
1553: Jane     139
1553-1558: Mary I     141
1558-1603: Elizabeth I     145
The Stuarts
1603-1625: James I     154
1625-1649: Charles I     160
1649-1660: Interregnum     166
1660-1685: Charles II     170
1685-1689: James II     176
1689-1694/1702: William III and Mary II     180
1702-1714: Anne     185
The House of Hanover
1714-1727: George I     188
1727-1760: George II     193
1760-1820: George III     199
1820-1830: George IV     205
1830-1837: William IV     211
1837-1901: Victoria     216
The House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
1901-1910: Edward VII     224
The House of Windsor
1910-1936: George V     228
1936: Edward VIII     234
1936-1952: George VI     237
1952-present: Elizabeth II     240
Dynastic Family Trees     246
Index     251
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