The story of the kings and queens of England is an enthralling and sometimes tragic one, encapsulating every twist and turn of the colorful history of the English realm.
Starting with Celtic Britain before the Roman invasion, David Williamson takes the reader through the establishment of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the coming of Christianity and the unification of England, to the Norman Conquest in 1066. The subsequent dynastic struggles of Angevins and Plantagenets heralded the great age of English kingship under the Tudors and Stuarts, a period as compelling as any in the nation's history, before the Hanoverians ushered in the modern age and the royalty of today.
The author draws on his deep knowledge of history to paint a vivid and sensitive portrait of each monarch, offering new perspectives on the controversies that surround them. His test is enlivened and complemented by a rich section of images, largely chosen from the holdings of the National Portrait Gallery of London, the definitive collection of pictures on the British monarchy. Also included are genealogies for each dynasty. The result is fresh and fascinating study of the English kings and queens that will appeal to everyone.
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