Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe

Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe

by Jiri Louda
     
 
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 the heraldry in the eleventh century, the two experts who collaborated to make the book present the heraldic

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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 the 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.

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Zom Zoms
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.
Booknews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780028972558
Publisher:
Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
308

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