The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England, Revised and Updated / Edition 1

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Since 1066, that most famous date in English history, forty people from ten dynasties have sat on the throne of England. Antonia Fraser introduces this pageant of royalty and eight specialist contributors bring to life the characters of each incumbent. Accompanying the text are extensive family trees, a range of contemporary and historical images, and essays on the heraldic devices of the different monarchs.

Over the last nine centuries the role and powers of the crown have changed hugely, partly as a result of the characters and abilities of its various holders but also because of evolving historical circumstances. The biographers touch on politics, society and the economy to highlight important features of a reign, but above all they convey the personal histories, the strengths, weaknesses and convictions of the monarchs and the impact they had on their kingdom. From the colourful medieval kings who led their armies to battle, inspiring playwrights and poets, the dignified if repressed court of the Queen-Empress Victoria, to the present day, the whole spectrum of English royal life is displayed in a succinct and fascinating way.

Spanning 10 dynasties, this guide to almost 1,000 years of history, told through the lives and deeds of England's kings and queens, features biographies from the invading Normans to the contemporary House of Windsor. Accompanying the text are contemporary and historical illustrations, genealogical tables, and drawings and explanations of all the royal coats of arms.

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First time on CD, over 1000 years of English history told through the lives and deeds of its monarchs. Read by Audio- file's Golden Voice Wanda McCaddon. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520224605
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2000
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 11.32 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonia Fraser is an internationally acclaimed writer. Her historical biographies include Mary, Queen of Scots (1993), Cromwell, Our Chief of Men (1996), Charles II (1974), and The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1993). Her most recent work is Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot (1997).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Coats of Arms 14
List of Coats of Arms 15
The Normans
William I 1066-87 20
William II 1087-1100 27
Henry I 1100-35 30
Stephen 1135-54 36
The Angevins
Henry II 1154-89 42
Richard I 1189-99 54
John 1199-1216 62
The Plantagenets
Henry III 1216-72 72
Edward I 1272-1307 79
Edward II 1307-27 87
Edward III 1327-77 94
Richard II 1377-99 103
The House of Lancaster
Henry IV 1399-1413 114
Henry V 1413-22 120
Henry VI 1422-71 128
The House of York
Edward IV 1461-83 142
Richard III 1483-5 152
The Tudors
Henry VII 1485-1509 162
Henry VIII 1509-47 171
Edward VI 1547-53 185
Mary I 1553-8 191
Elizabeth I 1558-1603 198
The Stuarts
James I 1603-25 216
Charles I 1625-49 224
Charles II 1660-85 234
James II 1685-8 240
William III 1688-1702 and Mary II 1688-94 247
Anne 1702-14 254
The House of Hanover
George I 1714-27 264
George II 1727-60 272
George III 1760-1820 280
George IV 1820-30 288
William IV 1830-7 294
The House of Hanover
Victoria 1830-1901 299
The House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Edward VII 1901-10 320
The House of Windsor
George V 1910-36 330
Edward VIII 1936 340
George VI 1936-52 349
Elizabeth II 1952- 358
Index 376
Acknowledgments 384
Genealogical Tables
The Normans and Angevins 18
The Plantagenets 70
The Houses of Lancaster and York 136
The Tudors and Stuarts 214
The House of Hanover 262
The Houses of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Windsor 326
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    Royal Timelines

    A magnificent royal time line of the famous and infamous from the Normans through the Plantagenets to the House of Windsor. Interesting and thorough family trees accompany each section. Illustrations are of the highest quality. This title also contains unusual and useful tid-bit information which makes it a marvelous resourse for home and library.

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