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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2004
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2009
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2010
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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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2001
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2012
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
on 27 May 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
alison weir has opened up british history in a chronological list of all the monarchs, wives and family members from alfred to elizabeth ii. it is easy to understand the relationships and the conflicts between the major players of history.
i have read the book several times in one go and also use it for dipping in and out of to explain history biographies i am reading.
i use this book as a guide to my reading list. i have started at the beginning and have bought a biography of every monarch and their spouse and other major characters. i use the book as a catalogue of my collection.
this book has been so useful on days out when someone says "so what did this king do then?" that i have bought it on kindle too.
every school kid should be given a copy of this book on their first day at high school, it would make history lessons so much easier.
i cannot recommend this book highly enough, please buy it today
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent research tool, or just for wanting to know who is who. I have had for many years a wall chart showing the generations of royal families, and I just wasn't sure what format this publication would be in. How was Ms. Weir going to put a genealogical chart in BOOK format? Well, this is just perfect. The reading is easy, and her research goes well beyond superb. I enjoy everything, well, except for the book on the Wars of the Roses (far too school-study-or-you-fail-reading for me), but her novels are great too. I look forward to anything she has coming out everytime I visit the bookstore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2011
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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