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Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy [Kindle Edition]

Alison Weir
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'George III is alleged to have married secretly, on 17th April, 1759, a Quakeress called Hannah Lightfoot, daughter of a Wapping shoemaker, who is said to have borne him three children. Documents relating to the alleged marriage, bearing the Prince's signature, were impounded and examined in 1866 by the Attorney General. Learned opinion at the time leaned to the view that these documents were genuine. They were then placed in the Royal Archives at Windsor; in 1910, permission was refused a would-be author who asked to see them. If George III did make such a marriage when he was Prince of Wales, before the passing of the Royal Marriages Act in 1772, then his subsequent marriage to Queen Charlotte was bigamous, and every monarch of Britain since has been a usurper, the rightful heirs of George III being his children by Hannah Lightfoot, if they ever existed.' From Britain's Royal Families

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A unique book on the perennially fascinating subject of Britain's royal families by this well established popular historian. New updated edition to coincide with the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1446449114
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (18 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XIVPU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her books include Britain's Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII: King and Court, Mary, Queen of Scots and Isabella: She-Wolf of France.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book is a must for anybody studying British history both ancient or recent. The Genealogy places every major or minor royal in his or her historical place giving the student a grid reference for further study. Tremendous detail is provided and it is very easy to lose a couple of hours flicking through this book. Ms. Weir spent 22 year researching and has produced an excellent resource.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book full of detail 8 Nov 2009
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I've not read this book from cover to cover, but dipped in and out to help my daughter with her homework. So far it has been extremely useful and contained everything (and more!) that she needed to know. I would recommend it as a very good reference book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource 22 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
I read a lot of historical fiction and often the books can have a royal cast of thousands. This book has been a great aid to sorting out who's who and who's related to who. In particular, I think I may finally understand the complexity of the relationships of the Yorks and Lancastrians! An inspired work of reference.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Royal Family Reference! 7 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Amazing book, for anyone interested in the family histories. Weir breaks them down by house, and it's very good reading besides containing every royal from 800 to present and all their children, grandchildren, etc. I had a copy "smuggled" to me by a friend in '96 (it's not published over here...), and now it's falling apart, it's always one of the first reference works I go to! Waiting eagerly for an update, this is still an amazing, difinitive work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 24 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I love this book. Once I pick it up I find the time seems to fly by. It's good to have it to hand when reading any other book about the monarchs of England and Scotland. I wondered why there weren't any family trees in the book, but soon I understood why. I had tried creating some family trees to be able to understand the relationship of the kings and queens to each other more clearly but it soon became extremely complicated. This is a throughly detailed reference book for anyone with a passing interest in the history of our monarchy. I do find it a little sad though, whereas one king may have ten pages dedicated to his extended family, another king may have the poignant remark: died unmarried and childless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect research tool. 16 Jan 2012
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I have always had a great interest in medieval England, and when I decided I wanted to try and write my own historical fiction I thought I had better do a bit of in depth research. This book was nothing short of a godsend. Explicit in detail, concise in layout and considering it's essentially a reference book this tome is compellingly readable.

A great book for the beginner wanting to learn more detail or for the seasoned professional just wanting to brush up on their facts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROYALTY EXPLAINED 27 May 2011
By Russell
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful review of the Royal Families of the United Kingdom. So much research has gone into the writing of this reference book and on the whole its accuracy is beyond reproach.It is the kind of book you want beside you when you are reading some of Alison Weir's novels as it puts into perspective the interlinking between the European Royals.
The information given before purchase was good and accurate
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alison Weir, - my idol 6 May 2011
By Humbird
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Can't believe she could work the whole thing out! It's much more and heavier than just a book...Alison Weir is a live dictionary of history herself! A perfect reference book for anybody who is interested in royal history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for summary of Royal Families in GB.
Published 15 hours ago by Hayley Frankham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great little book
Published 2 days ago by E. Tait
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating the author tells it you interpret it. Brilliant
This must have taken years to research. Very thorough even speculated information is included so you can draw your own conclusions instead of being influenced by what the author... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My Constant Helpmate.
Absolutely splendid, just what I was seeking to compliment my genealogical researches. It provides copious amounts of basic information regarding inter family, sovereign and... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Bendibow
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read.
It is very informative, more than I've seen in any other book. However, layout is confusing. Some 'Family Tree" type diagrams would've helped.
Published 1 month ago by J. Webber
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!
Arrived in great time and condition. An interesting read if you are interested in the history of the British Monarchy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by likealittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal family history
This is one of the best books I've ever had on the history of the various Royal Families in Britain. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Muriel Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Concise
Alison Weir has done a great job with this book. Really concise, clear and easy to use. A definate gem for geneologists or just as a reference book to dip into.
Published 3 months ago by Thalia
5.0 out of 5 stars good reference book.
another book to use as a reference when needed. a good book for scholars to reach for as well as adults.
Published 3 months ago by mrs margaret farrant
5.0 out of 5 stars Consise and very well put together.
A book of the main movers and shakers in royalty.. Although its mainly compiled of the families and offspring of royalty ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by caz
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