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The Kings and Queens of England

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  265 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
A richly illustrated history of the lives and reigns of the Kings and Queens of England. For each monarch there is a detailed timeline, and the narrative is further amplified by display quotations, feature boxes, and panels of key biographical facts.
Published February 28th 2007 by Quercus Books (first published February 1st 2007)
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Although I live in the United States; I wouldn’t be able to list most of the US Presidents if you paid me. Yet, ask me the monarchs of England and I could list them (in order, mind you) even while half asleep. Ian Crofton provides a similar directory in, “Kings and Queens of England: The Lives and Reigns of the Monarchs of England”.

“Kings and Queens of England” is a small, colorful, glossy-paged book which is fit for a reference shelf (albeit a thin one) or a coffee table. The structure is that
Diana Long
Jul 17, 2015 Diana Long rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful book compiling the reigns of the British Monarchs. This book was a gift from my son and will be treasured for years to come as a reference book. I think Mr. Crofton's work speaks for itself once you open the cover and start to delve into the historical facts and photos of the people who ruled. The way it is set up with many photos of the monarchs and artifacts, stories, bios, time lines of important events pertaining to their reign and a brief history for each is outstanding. I would r ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing
This book gives the reader detailed information about each ruler yet was concise enough to stay interesting. I find it is easier to "connect the dots" from ruler to ruler since reading this one! A great account of the major players and events that shaped the United Kingdom. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever wondered how it all happened without having to delve into too many details.
Feb 18, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this stuff! I told my wife I could recite the names of all of the Kings and Queens of England from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II and she said "yes, but please don't!" LOL
Brief biographies of all of the rulers of England mentioned above with art, pictures, and illustrations.
Dec 17, 2009 Garrett rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
A very good general overview. Would make a good coffee table book. Good color pictures and great timelines. A bit on the fluffy side, but as always for a book like this you wont get a lot of detail on specific monarchs just a good general picture of their reign.
Jan 10, 2009 Audrey rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I found this book more tantalizing than anything. It doesn't content itself with being a book of short biographies, but it never quite manages to be anything else. The result was that it was constantly mentioning entire, fascinating issues in passing, as though I already knew everything about them. Moreover, it ignored questions which I consider important in the history of a monarchy. What, exactly was the role of an English monarch in 984? In 1370? Did England make a sudden shift to a completel ...more
Jan 28, 2017 Jimyanni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
This is an excellent compendium of brief histories of the kings and queens of England; the previous similar book that I had read and reviewed, edited by Antonia Fraser, was also quite good except for the fact that it began with William the Conqueror and gave no indication that there had been any monarchs of England prior to his defeat of Harold. Which is difficult, as there was, in fact, Harold as the defeated king before him. This book does not suffer from that flaw; it begins with Alfred the G ...more
Jeffrey  Sylvester
Sep 27, 2013 Jeffrey Sylvester rated it liked it
"The Kings and Queens of England" by Ian Crofton is a fun book. I bought it as a bedside read and because the book is divided into easy-to-chew sections for that purpose. Another reason was that it includes a section on the Anglo-Saxon and Norse kings that preceded 1066, which for me, the order and significance of which have always been murky. It was also nice review of the subsequent dynasties and the links between them.

Information-wise, the book is sufficient, but readers who already have a b
Aug 27, 2011 Marilyn rated it really liked it
I do not remember why I had initially given this book only 4 stars. Perhaps that was a typo. I have been famous for those. ;-. Having said that, this book is beautifully illustrated, and gives a fair amount of information concerning the Kings and Queens of England from Alfred the Great, to Queen Elizabeth II. It is also a great coffee table book, if you are not in to delving into Britain's monarchy in depth. I would recommend this book to anyone who has even the slightest interest in this subjec ...more
I bought for a ref book, but ended up reading page by page, cover to cover. A quick read. Each queen & king has a bio. of several pages and a colored box that contains their pertinent facts; Born, Father, Mother, Married, Children & Spouses, Succeeded, Crowned, Royal House, Style, Died & Buried.

As with many of theses types of over-view books, there are biases of the the author. One thing that always bothers me, is that the spouses are rarely mentioned. Their stories deserve a book to
Tiago "Salvador" Souza
As a list of kings & queens, this is a rather nice book. The visuals are good, the reading pleasant and the timelines are helpful, with some quick tidbits here and there. Now history wise, it is rather dull, oversimplified at times, with a lot of the author's personal opinions sometimes being presented in the same tone as the other "facts". The lack of references for further research is another point where this book falls short.
Jillianne Hamilton
Feb 25, 2013 Jillianne Hamilton rated it it was amazing
Like many have said already, this book gives a brief but comprehensive general outline of each ruler's background, challenges and reign. As someone who knows about one historical era, it was great for connecting the dots. Also includes some amusing historical anecdotes that keep the book entertaining.
Love, love, love this one!
May 25, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, non-fiction
I bought this as a bargain book and found myself pouring over the pages. This all-encompassing history of England’s monarchs is perfectly outlined, both in its chronology and its definition of separate family lines. I found the side-bar timelines helpful and the illustrations and pictures beautiful. This is a great reference book for any fan of English history.
Andrea Zuvich
Feb 18, 2014 Andrea Zuvich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I found the section on Charles I rather biased against him, and the relationship of William & Mary oversimplified, I must commend the writer for acknowledging that the homosexual claims about William III are 'without evidence' - which is the case. This is a gorgeous book, and I think it's a great addition to any history lover's bookshelf.
Jan 30, 2017 RumBelle rated it really liked it
I truly enjoy compendium books that discuss the men and women who have ruled England. They have such fascinating, strange, electrifying lives. You cannot help but be drawn into their drama. The Tudor period has always been my favorite in terms of royal personalities.
Jul 14, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing
I can't recommend this book enough. When I found it at the bookstore I fell in love with it right then. An incredible book to read. It gives detailed descriptions of each ruler, whilst also providing timelines, pictures and quotes. I would definantly recommend this book to anyone.
Oct 13, 2008 Stacey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: england
Kevin brought this book home for me from his trip to London. I have this thing about English Historical fiction, and this book makes it easy to keep all the different kings straight! I have thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Jul 03, 2013 Meagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love this book. My only critique is its lack of maps. If it had had maps detailing the acquisition and loss of land that occurred throughout each of the reigns I think it would have been perfect.
Jun 22, 2013 Lamarr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I didn't know that this was history, I'd swear I was reading Game Of Thrones.
mayra olivares
Nov 28, 2016 mayra olivares rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book ! Specially when I forget who's who I can just go back and check on it
Lori Roberts
Jan 08, 2013 Lori Roberts rated it it was amazing
Not greatly detailed, but full of information none-the-less. Good pictures/drawings/photos, decent timelines and quotations. Lovely book!
Dec 05, 2011 Craig rated it really liked it
A good, concise look at all the English monarchs, including those before the Norman conquest. Each chapter is only a few pages, but does contain an informative write up-about each person.
Angie Andrus
Sep 21, 2013 Angie Andrus rated it really liked it
Excellent quick reference book. As a person who particularly enjoys historical fiction, I found it extremely useful to divise fact from fiction.
Apr 03, 2008 kato rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: academics who skin texts
This book was painfully dull, and I barely got through it. It is very informational, but the author would be hard pressed to make it more dry that it already is.
Kristin Mack
Jul 29, 2013 Kristin Mack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to keep this book next to me as I read novels about the monarchy. It helps me follow the lineage and remember who's who and what year! Fact checking or reading facts, I can't get enough.
Apr 26, 2008 Regan rated it really liked it
Excellent king by king (or Queen) history -- good quick reference.
Barbara Lynn Johnson
The book, "The Kings & Queens Of England" was interesting read and I'd enjoyed reading the book.
Apr 16, 2008 Kevin rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
A great history and reminder of the major happenings, accomplishments and problems caused by each English King and Queen. A fantastic reference/fantastic pictures.
Marcleitson Leitson
Sep 13, 2010 Marcleitson Leitson rated it liked it
yes, I am reading 3 books at one time...not unusual for me.
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