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Kings and Queens of England

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Discusses the characters, careers, and influence on history of each English king and queen from the early Saxons to Elizabeth II.
Published 1978 by Weathervane (first published January 1st 1900)
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Michael K.
Collections of brief sketches of the monarchs of Britain have long been a popular theme for British publishers; most of them, being repetitious and superficial, are not considered in this bibliography, but Delderfield’s is more popular, and more often purchased (and given as a gift), than most. Much more coverage is given to recent sovereigns — those, presumably, of more interest to readers — and biographies of earlier figures are extremely brief. Bare facts of events are given but not often the ...more
On the face of it, this looks like a quick and handy desk reference book. It does contain the bare bones of many kings and queens; but it is so cursory as to be of little actual value other than birth, death, reign, and burial. But otherwise, the material is too brief. The content is a little more thorough when discussing the Hanoverians and Windors. There is some odd favoritism towards the Tudors and Stuarts; but overall, there is so little concrete discussion about any of the rulers that the b ...more
A very good reference book on the history of the British royalty.
The very barest of bare bones info. If this was the first book I'd ever read about any of these kings and queens, I'd still know almost nothing about them.
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780715308127

General Subject/s? - History / Monarchy / Politics

Title? - Basically what it says on the cover.

General Analysis? - A little boring in places, and a little too simplified for my tastes. I prefer Alison Weir's Britain's Royal Families: the Complete Genealogy. It has more substance to it. Delderfield's efforts seemed a little half-arsed.

Recommend? - It was merely ok, good for an introduction.
Great overall view of the history of England including where certain items or customs originated and by whom...sometimes the Queens were more involved than their husbands would have liked had they known.
Mark Singer
Feb 21, 2011 Mark Singer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in British history.
Recommended to Mark by: no one
Brief detailed biographies of English monarchs dating back to the Saxons. I read this many years ago and have skimmed it from time to time.
An interesting overview that 'hits the highpoints.'
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