The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy
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The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy

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The rich pageant of Britain's history emerges nowhere more colorfully than in the story of its kings and queens. This spectacular book offers the most authoritative account of the British monarchy ever published for the general reader. With over 400 illustrations--a third of them in color--it traces the crown's full history from Anglo-Saxon times to the present.
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Hardcover, 744 pages
Published October 27th 1988 by Oxford University Press, USA
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A good readable resource. The prose is not dull, and each ruler seems to be dealt with fairly.

Perhaps this book’s greatest flaw is that monarchy comes across as the most awesome thing on the face of the earth. There is some criticism but at no time is there a feeling that living under any of the monarchs would be a bad thing.
Still it is full of historic information and brings up some good points about monarchs who may have gotten so bad raps.
Regina Hunter
Very short descriptions, but I loved the lists of dates in the back and family tree. I was mostly sad how short it was on descriptions of first few 500 years of the kings. Additional pre-reading required otherwise thre is a possibility of being lost in all of the cities, kingdoms and so forth.
This book had a quite meandering structure, lazily weaving in and out of history, politics, sociology. I was looking for something more structured in a history of the monarchy. But, there were interesting parts.
I love this book. It's got great illustrations and histories of each of the kings and queens of England, and also from Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. I pick it up to reread or for reference regularly.
This book is a great resource on the history of the British monarchy from the 5th century to modern times.
Nov 17, 2007 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: history buffs, anlophiles, and writers
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A fabulous resource for history buffs, anglophiles, and writers alike!
Peter Haik
enjoyed the historical preview; illustrations were most enlightening
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