Princes of Wales: Royal Heirs in Waiting

Overview

For over 700 years, the title 'Prince of Wales' has been awarded to royal heirs waiting to accede to the throne of England. They did not always achieve it even the highest in the land have been subject to disease, death and the fortunes of war, or of politics. Others have spent long years waiting for the crown itself, living for decades in the shadow of the throne. Yet all who inhabit this intriguing role have left their stamp upon it, and it has been shaped and relished by some...

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Overview

For over 700 years, the title 'Prince of Wales' has been awarded to royal heirs waiting to accede to the throne of England. They did not always achieve it even the highest in the land have been subject to disease, death and the fortunes of war, or of politics. Others have spent long years waiting for the crown itself, living for decades in the shadow of the throne. Yet all who inhabit this intriguing role have left their stamp upon it, and it has been shaped and relished by some of the greatest personalities of the age.

Princes of Wales explores the stories of history's most interesting royal heirs, from the charismatic Black Prince and the dissolute Prince Hal to the ill-fated Arthur and the flamboyant Prince Regent, as well as the colorful characters of the 20th century. It shows how the role reflects and defines the spirit of its age, be it medieval chivalry or Tudor mythmaking, Regency excess or 1930s glamour. It charts the legendary battles of sovereigns and their sons (especially over money and marriage) and shows how different characters responded to an evolving role and a changing world. As the present Prince of Wales approaches 60, this is a compelling and sympathetic portrait of those who have enjoyed this uniquely privileged yet often frustrating position - the men who would be king.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905615278
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/31/2008
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID LOADES is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wales, an Associate of the Centre for Early Modern History at the University of Oxford and Honorary Research Professor at the University of Sheffield. A leading authority on Tudor England, he is also a well-known and popular writer on its key personalities and events. He has a particular interest in the Tudor navy and has written on several of the period’s monarchs and statesmen. Recent books include Henry VIII: Court, Church and Conflict and Princes of Wales: Royal Heirs in Waiting, both for The National Archives, as well as The Life and Career of William Paulet (2008) and (with Eamon Duffy) The Church of Mary Tudor (2006).

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

I The First Princes of Wales 22

II A Dangerous Inheritance 52

III The Tudor Princes 81

IV The Stuart Princes 106

V The Princes of Leicester House 131

VI The Prince Regent 155

VII The Prince of Pleasure 182

VIII Princes of Change-George and David 208

IX Charles, a Modern Prince of Wales 235

Notes on the Text 256

Select Bibliography 273

Index 275

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