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The Kings and Queens of England

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Did you know that Henry I pushed a man from the top of Rouen Castle for breaking an oath of allegiance? That Henry VI was terrified of girls? Or that George II died in the lavatory? Spanning ten dynasties and more than nine centuries, this marvelous reference provides tart, inclusive profiles of all the men and women who have occupied the English throne. 43 color illustrat ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Bulfinch Press (first published 1995)
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Gerry
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Queen Elizabeth II has never had it so good, relatively speaking. She may well have reigned over some troubled times but she has had nothing to contend with such as many of her forebears had.

For instance, Willam II was killed by an arrow while out hunting - accident or murder?; Henry II was blamed for the murder of Thomas a Becket; Henry IV was taken prisoner by his brother-in-law Simon de Montfort; Edward II was imprisoned in Berkeley Castle and eventually murdered there; Richard II, having put
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GoldGato
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One day I was sitting in Regency Park and I suddenly decided to memorize the chronological order of the English royal heads of state, starting with the Normans. Thanks to Hatchards, I found just what I was looking for, a miniature book with enough information to help me on my venture. Each King/Queen has a portrait and a page of information. Stephen is cross-eyed (and where is Matilda?) and Edward II's fate always has me wondering about the Pommies. I must have been very bored.

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Pamfrommd
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me weeks to finish this very little book but it was quite enjoyable. I would read a sentence about, say, James I and that would cause me to pick up my phone and start googling to get more info on that subject. Now I want to find another book, slightly longer, that fills in more details about the British kings/queens. I'm not looking for political history as much as the personal history of this gang of misfits and poor souls who had the monarchy thrust upon them, some of whom died because ...more
Lee Anne
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
A wonderful little reference book. We use it all the time with movies or history channel programs that crop up. Wish there was something similar for France, Germany, US....
Matt
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's a short book with one photo and a one page, thumbnail sketch of each. Pretty concise and it gives a nice snapshot of each ruler.
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Nicholas Best grew up in Kenya and was educated there, in England and at Trinity College, Dublin. He served in the Grenadier Guards and worked as a journalist in London before becoming a full time author.
His first novel ('As a satire on military bigotry and shambling officialdom, Where were you at Waterloo? is in places as sharp as Waugh and sometimes better' - Times Literary Supplement) was wri
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