Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europeby Michael Maclagan, 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 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. Tot coats-of -arms representing the various matrimonial and alliances show how heraldic devices evolved and developed from simple symbols to complex quartering. 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 The result is a fascinating historical document, as well as an important contribution to the literature of heraldry.
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This book is one that I keep rereading for the sheer joy and pleasure of immersing myself in royal history and genealogy. Yes, it definitely requires updating, but if one actually reads the author's introduction particularly in reference to the names he uses, the Anglicized version of the monarchs' regnant names makes sense. In response to the reviews below, therefore, I note that Mr. Maclagan's decision to change, for one, HM King Carl XVI Gustaf into HM King Charles XVI Gustave is in keeping with his philosophy on a standardized system of royal nomenclature, i.e. according to the Anglicized spellings wherever possible (one notable exception is Kiril and other ethnic names). The research is superb and thoroughly engaging! You may be assured of a worthy addition to your library upon purchasing this text.
I agree with the last reviewer, I would like to also add that the current King of Sweden's name is Carl XVI Gustaf...not Charles Gustavus! And his son's name is Carl Philip...not Charles! Also, there have been deaths, marriages, and babies born since this book was last updated (and not very well may I add) for a few examples: The Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, and I believe Prince Claus of the Netherlands died in 2002 Prince Hankon of Norway has been married before 2002 (I believe), now he has two children and a stepson. Prince Frederick as well as the Crown Prince of Spain have been married since 2004 and each of them (as well as their spouses)have a child...do I need to go on? Or do you need more examples on what is missing from this book?
The new edition is much smaller than the magnificent original 1981 edition. The tables are hard to read and don't seem to be updated at all. Several chapters have been deleted, including Bavaria and the Palatinate and Liechtenstein!