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The Kings and Queens of England

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A sumptuous celebration of the life of His Majesty King Charles III, published to coincide with the festivities, traditions and pageantry of his Coronation in May 2023 at Westminster Abbey. This quirky tale about the longest reigning monarch in British history is as fun as it is authentic, and the book includes a picture of the actual bathing machine Prince Albert created. Since the history of England is so broad and deep, it is hard to get a handle on it in its totality . For example, the wonderful Wolf Hall trilogy) I had thought that perhaps these non fiction accounts of the English monarchy from the Normans through to the current Elizabeth II might be a bit dry . It isn't quite as in-depth as a Wikipedia article, but it has beautiful illustrations and fantastic quotes alongside of a useful (if not sparse) timeline of events and major highlights of each monarch's reign.

I have this thing about English Historical fiction, and this book makes it easy to keep all the different kings straight! But this is a rogues’ gallery of people who other then through winning the lottery of birth would never have been remembered for anything of consequence. Although Crofton does mention interesting and/or menial notes and facts; nothing is detailed and therefore the reader is not left with a solid image of any of the monarchs. An annoying factor is Crofton’s habit of mentioning Shakespeare and the playwright’s depictions of kings.I guess this book knows its audience – I mean, you are probably most likely to read a book by this title if you think the monarchy is a good thing and are a conservative old fool in a nursing home (or a conservative old fool in waiting to go to a nursing home), whereas I was mostly reading it for amusing anecdotes. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. Also I liked that it went beyond just the Tudor Monarchs because I wanted to read about James I and VI too as he's Mary, Queen of Scots' son, so that was pretty interesting. If what you want is a book of short biographies, I think you would be better off to read the (much shorter and less dry) Horrible Histories book Cruel Kings and Mean Kings. In this third instalment of the series that began with The Prime Ministers and The Presidents, Iain Dale charts this long history of the English and British monarchy, with 64 essays by journalists, historians and politicians on every individual to have sat on the throne, as well as some who didn't.

Then, as the longest-serving Prince of Wales in British history, he dedicated decades of his life to raising awareness for conservation.

The swift run of this litany by audiobook was kind of exhilarating and its punchiness of absurd little facts in between momentous events made me smile a lot. Includes an accessible guide to the monarchs of both England and Scotland with extensive royal history distilled into a handy, compact format, concise summaries of every English sovereign from Alfred the Great and his Saxon ancestors to King Charles III, a family tree for each of the royal houses and so much more! Plus this guide includes a unique feature, Palace connections, linking each monarch to our five historic royal palaces. Information-wise, the book is sufficient, but readers who already have a base familiarity with British monarchial history may be disappointed. With testimonies from historic figures such as Winston Churchill, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, and Margaret Thatcher, this tribute explores the faith of the world's most famous Queen.

Other notable titles in this insightful series include Royal Babies, The Queen and Her Family and Queen Elizabeth II. New from G2 is a Palace Legends V-Neck T-Shirt featuring Michael Wylie's typographical football design including all the big name players, managers, trophies and events that have shaped the history of the South London premier league club.

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England is worthwhile for readers looking to dip their toe into British monarchical history but inadequate for much else. I bought it as a bedside read and because the book is divided into easy-to-chew sections for that purpose.

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