Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe

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This is a revised and updated edition of the book that was first published to great acclaim in 1981. It presents, for the first time, a comprehensive account of both the heraldic and the genealogical history of European royalty. Starting with the beginning of heraldry in the eleventh century, the two experts who collaborated to make the book present the heraldic shields as well as the genealogy of all the royal families of Europe, past and present. The genealogical tables provide detailed family trees, country by...
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Overview

This is a revised and updated edition of the book that was first published to great acclaim in 1981. It presents, for the first time, a comprehensive account of both the heraldic and the genealogical history of European royalty. Starting with the beginning of heraldry in the eleventh century, the two experts who collaborated to make the book present the heraldic shields as well as the genealogy of all the royal families of Europe, past and present. The genealogical tables provide detailed family trees, country by country. The coats-of-arms representing the various matrimonial alliances show how heraldic devices evolved and developed from simple symbols to complex quarterings. Additional tables highlight the most important historical events involving dynastic succession. The text describes - with many pithy asides - the historical background to each royal family tree, and shows how such events are reflected in the make-up of the royal coats-of-arms. The result is a fascinating historical document, as well as an important contribution to the literature of heraldry.
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Originally published in England in 1981 and in a 1991 revision, this is the first American edition of a work combining history, genealogy, and heraldry. Louda depicts European royalty's genealogy and its heraldic representations in more than 100 charts. These display more than 2,000 four-color coats of arms and illustrate the often complex lineage of ruling families from over 30 countries and kingdoms, ranging from Great Britain to Russia and Greece. Historical background is provided by Maclagan's narrative text, which presents an account of the people and events that resulted in particular royal family trees and patterns of succession. An introduction to heraldry, covering some basic terms and styles, as well as notes to the abbreviations found in the charts, is helpful to the reader unfamiliar with the subject. The text is further enhanced by a number of black-and-white illustrations, photographs, and maps. The index covers text, charts, and illustrations Even a cursory reading of the chapters devoted to specific countries or kingdoms gives one a taste of the richness of European history. The accompanying family trees, emblazoned with coats of arms, neatly summarize the lines of descent. Two of the many charts are particularly compelling: "Relationships of European Monarchs before and at the Time of the First World War" illustrates the intrinsic complexities some would say contributed to that conflict; "Common Descent of the Present European Sovereigns since William the Conqueror" shows quite clearly the numerous family ties shared by the crowned heads of Europe This is not a tool for quick-reference use; however, it will fill the need for a basic sourcebook for European history.
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A revised and updated edition of the lavish reference first published by Orbis in 1981. Presents a comprehensive account of both the heraldic and the genealogical history of all the royal families of Europe from the inception of heraldry in the 11th century to such contemporary royalty as Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Rainier III, and Grace Kelly. Includes some 2,000 four-color coats of arms, as well as pictures of royalty and maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028972558
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 308

Table of Contents

Notes to the Tables 6
Foreword 7
1 Introduction to Heraldry 10
2 England: Medieval 14
3 Great Britain 24
4 Scotland 36
5 Denmark 43
6 Norway 55
7 Sweden 60
8 Netherlands and Luxemburg 71
9 Belgium 82
10 Spain: Medieval 87
11 Spain: Hapsburg and Bourbon 99
12 Liechtenstein 108
13 Monaco 113
14 Dynastic Relations 117
15 France: Medieval 123
16 France: Modern 134
17 Napoleon 142
18 Burgundy 146
19 Austria: Hapsburg 150
20 Austria: Modern 158
21 Bohemia 167
22 Hungary 172
23 Brandenburg, Prussia and Germany 178
24 Bavaria and the Palatinate 188
25 Brunswick and Hanover 195
26 Saxony 199
27 Wurttemberg and Baden 206
28 Brabant, Thuringia, Hesse and Lorraine 211
29 Mecklenburg and Oldenburg 219
30 Holy Roman Empire 223
31 Portugal 228
32 Savoy, Sardinia and Italy 238
33 The Two Sicilies 246
34 Tuscany, Modena, Milan, Mantua and Parma 253
35 Poland 261
36 Russia 269
37 Greece 281
38 Yugoslavia, Serbia, Montenegro, Rumania and Bulgaria 286
Index 300
List of Tables 306
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