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The British Monarchy for Dummies

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Includes insights into the lives of the current royal familyBritain's heritage told through the colourful lives of its kings and queens

The monarchy is at the heart of British life. If you're going to understand Britain and its history, you need to understand the story of its royal family. This lively guide walks you through the history of the British monarchy from the earl
Paperback, 380 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by For Dummies (first published November 24th 2006)
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Steve Hersh
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I admit I felt a little silly reading a book in the "...for Dummies" series but it got the job done, and quite well at that. An easy to read, informative history of the British monarchy from its earliest days just after the Romans exited to the contemporary era (somewhat...the book ends after the death of Princess Diana but pre-dates William marrying Catherine). The book is very organized, although after a while one starts to lose track of all the Edwards and Henrys, all the Marys and Elizabeths ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good jumping off platform if you want to dig deeper. This is basic but informative and I definitely learned new things. I had some trouble with the large amount of glaring typos though, like saying a certain queen was the wife of her mother and father. The editor was laying down on the job apparently.
Dec 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
At times, wished there was a bit more detail; however, I realize that if that happened it would continue happening with every new morsel and the book would end up being (literally) thousands of pages long. Fantastic resource for a basic understanding of the British Royal Houses and the overall British Monarchy.
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Picked this book up so that I could wrap my head around my family history. I have now deemed my ancestors as "INCESTORS!" Geez, it is amazing that I could even be born at all with the intermarriages. Talk about a genetic nightmare!
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved the book, it is written with humour and gives tonnes of information.
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great book to learn the basics of the British Monarchy. I wish they would have included some simple border maps of the locations they frequently mention along with the "Cheat Sheet" list of rulers.
Oct 28, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like history
It was an interesting way to read a very dry subject and it was easy to look up specific monarchs although I thought there could be more specifics on some of the more interesting kings and queens.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in starting to learn British monarchial history
I love this book. Simple informative and straightforward. Covers monarchs 600-now including private lives, politics and army things, residences, everything.
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really great read for beginners but some factual errors that can be confusing. But overall good read.
Chris Miskimins
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great read. Lots of fun.
Aug 23, 2008 marked it as reference
Shelves: non-fiction
Something that would be useful to keep around for reference.
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