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Queens of England

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  215 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1977 by Doubleday Books (first published January 1st 1977)
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Jan 24, 2016 Celina rated it it was ok
A fairly quick overview of England's queens, beginning from Matilda of Flanders (wife to William the Conqueror) and ending with the current Queen Elizabeth II. A few pages are also devoted to Boadicea and mythical queens like Guinevere.

I believe Norah Lofts is a novelist as well, and it shows in her writing style, which tends to use more ellipses, rhetorical questions, and flowery prose than is expected in historical works. She's also quite breezy with the facts, focusing on some interesting asp
May 09, 2013 Belinda rated it did not like it
I finished this several days ago but was so annoyed that I held off writing the review until I settled down a bit. I generally love this kind of book. I am a big fan of English history and in particular the queens of England, so I figured this was a slam dunk. Boy, was I wrong. Usually in a book about history you can expect fairly unbiased reporting--mostly just facts and maybe a bit of opinion. This book really shoots down that notion. Ms. Lofts actually has extreme prejudices against many of t ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Alienne rated it it was ok
What an odd little book. I like the idea of collecting brief histories of all of England's queens into one volume, but I had to question whether the author had cracked a reputable history book during her writing process. The entire thing should be labeled with one gigantic 'Citation Needed' sticker a la Wikipedia; Lofts doesn't bother to source any of her information, and way too many of her "facts" read as incredibly biased, highly unlikely hearsay, even to someone not familiar with all of the ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Lofts book entitled “Queens of Britain”, as the name states, looks at the many Queens that England has had throughout the centuries. Queen Consorts married to the Kings of England and then Queens who have been Queen and ruler of England in their own right. The book is quite simple and the information is straight to the point which is something that I found quite appealing. Lofts starts off looking at Boadicea, whom although was not a Queen was still British and a very strong and brave woman. She ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it
I enjoy history, especial relating to women in ancient times. It is very hard to find a history of famous women that most of their story isn't told in relation to their fathers, brothers, uncles, sons and this was no exception. I liked this particular book because it included the Queens of England starting with the dark ages and did include some of their personal histories. I will keep it on my shelf as a reference book
Feb 23, 2013 Kaylie rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, england

This book has the honor of being the first that I read exclusively about English Queens. And quite the introduction it was for me. I was terribly excited to read a book about queens instead of the kings for once. Of course being the Anglophile that I am I already knew about some of the most famous queens such as Eleanor of Aquitaine and the six wives of Henry VIII. The most important thing that this book did was intersest me in other equally interesting queens such as Isabella of France and Marq

Kymberly Galvan
Jun 02, 2015 Kymberly Galvan rated it really liked it
Excellent information on England's history of their Queens
Jan 09, 2010 AngieA rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women's history fans
Shelves: history
I go back to this book over and over again. I use it as a reference to help me place people/events into perspective. I use it to explain politcal issues I hear about or read about from other sources. It is dog eared and has been water damaged. It was one of those books one gets for a dollar when you join a book club and I really treasure it. The stories are wonderfully written from the woman's perspective and the pictures are excellent. I have learned much about British history from this book an ...more
This unfortunately was quite a disappointment. Awkwardly written and obviously biased she raised questions and issues that she had no time or skill to answer so it seemed poorly done that she didn't address them only to say that she couldn't address them. She started talking about queens while discussing the one before and then remembered where she was supposed to be and awkwardly finished it off. None of them were well summed up and I constantly had to look them up online because I had no idea ...more
Sara W
Jan 25, 2008 Sara W rated it really liked it
This is a great, although old, book about every queen of England. Each queen gets a least a couple of pages devoted to her. This is not a book that you really read cover to cover, but it is a great resource to turn to when you want to look up a particular queen. As I've been reading Jean Plaidy's books in chronological order, I've read about the corresponding queen in this book afterwards.
Amber the Human
Jun 25, 2012 Amber the Human rated it really liked it
Shelves: royals, owned-by-me
While I love love love reading about the queens of England, esp. since they often get overlooked, the author is pretty judgy. She says there's nothing remarkable about Queen Anne (not true) and that some queens were bad mothers (uh, yeah, it was the style at the time to give your child to a wet nurse and ignore it). But it was written in the 70s, so what are you gonna do?
Jennifer Gelert
Dec 03, 2012 Jennifer Gelert rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of English history and this book did not disappoint. Learned new things about queens I was already familiar with and some new queens, who though reigned for a short amount of time, made a place for themselves in history. A must read for history buffus
Lady Studland
I read this so many years ago that I can't even remember it but I think I'd like to read it again.
Dec 08, 2013 Phyl rated it liked it
Thumbnail bio sketches. Easy to read but confusing sometimes because the kings and queens had a limited number of names.
May 12, 2009 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
This book is very helpful and informational. It gives you a good look on the inside lives of the Queens
Nov 08, 2010 Meg rated it really liked it
The book that introduced me to the history of the english monarchy, and one i enjoy reading quite often
Feb 14, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
"Exactly the kind of book on the queens of England I wanted to read"
Ashley Howd
Nov 10, 2013 Ashley Howd rated it it was amazing
A great overview of England's queens.
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Also published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis

Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residen
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