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The rich pageant of Britains history emerges nowhere more colorfully than in the story of its kings and queens. This new paperback offers an attractive and authoritative account of the British monarchy, tracing the crowns full history from Anglo-Saxon times to the present. Generously illustrated with maps, photos, paintings, and genealogies, it contains almost 600 entries that offer a wealth of information on the rulers of Britain, including their policies, personalities, key dates, and legacies. It also sheds light on such topics as the right of succession, coronations and marriages, regalia, the Tower of London, and, new to this edition, Westminster Abbey and St. Pauls Cathedral. Revised and fully updated to include recent events, such as the second marriage of Prince Charles, this edition also contains a topical introductory article on the changing role of the monarchy and its relevance in the 21st century. There is a useful glossary, a list of recommended further reading, and a new appendix of recommended web links that can be found on a regularly updated companion website.
Table of Contents
|List of Maps||vi|
|List of Genealogies||vi|
|Romano-British Rulers 55BC-C.AD500||6|
|East Anglia 5th cent.-903||28|
|Viking York 867-954||63|
|Isle of Man||69|
|Pre-Conquest England 924-1066||69|
|Picts and Early Scots c.495-820||88|
|Alba and Early Scotland 842-1034||92|
|Gwynedd 5th cent.-1283||99|
|Smaller Welsh Kingdoms||120|
|House of Dunkeld 1034-1290||121|
|Balliol and Bruce 1292-1371||139|
|Angevins and Plantagenets 1154-1399||189|
|Lancastrians and Yorkists 1399-1485||226|
|Acknowledgement of Sources||365|