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The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Kings and Queens of Britain: A Magnificent and Authoritative History of the Royalty of Britain - The Rulers, ... ... and Families and the Pretenders to the Throne [Hardcover]

Charles Phillips
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28 April 2006
The story of the British monarchy told in a stunningly detailed and painstakingly researched encyclopedia. In addition, over 500 paintings and photographs, cartoons and drawings, engravings, artefacts and sculptures show how the royals have been viewed by every generation. Key moments of constitutional crisis include the trial and execution of Charles I in 1649, and more recently the Abdication Crisis in 1936 when Edward VIII gave up the throne to marry American divorcee Mrs Wallace Simpson. The private life and public life of Princess Diana is described, as well as her sudden tragic death. A valuable reference book for any historian, this expert and authoritative guide will absorb, entertain and fascinate every reader interested in discovering more about one of the longest-running monarchies in the world.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books (28 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754816281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754816287
  • Product Dimensions: 30.1 x 23.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am the author of more than 30 books, specializing in history, popular science & psychology, mythology, cinema & arts.

After a degree in English, I took an MA in Film Studies. Before becoming an author I worked in a community video group in Mitcham, south London, and as a teacher.

My How to Think series has been published in 19 language editions.

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About the Author

Charles Phillips is a contributing author to the Chronicle of the Royal Family, and is author of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Tartan, the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aztec & Maya, and The Aztec and Maya World (all also published by Lorenz Books). He is an established writer of popular history, and a contributor to Cassell's Dictionary of Modern Britain, and to The Chronicle of Britain. He has a keen interest in British history and the story of the Royal Family, and was a key writer on Time Life's Myth and Mankind series, which blends mythology with the art of history of ancient cultures. Charles is a graduate of Oxford University and holds an MA from the University of Westminster, London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 13 July 2012
By RosaX
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this is the perfect book for everyone who would like to brush up on british history or is looking for a royal compendium. highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 3 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book has everything I wanted to learn about british royal history and a little bit more, it is easy to read, has some lovely pictures, it is informative without being confusing and I am thoroughly enjoying it, it was delivered fairly quickly and I would recommend it to anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of our past colourful royal history.However on a down note, I did find the paperback version in my local bookshop on offer for £3, so wish I had had that one instead!! I could have saved a tenner!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 29 Dec 2009
By Chipper
Format:Hardcover
My ten year old daughter borrowed it from the library and liked it so much she ordered it. She reads it page by page and enjoys putting me right on historical facts on a frequent basis!
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING 7 Oct 2013
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ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY WILL FIND THIS BOOK IDEAL, A GOOD READ FOR OLD AND YOUNG PEOPLE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed 25 Sep 2013
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Having previously bought the paperback version before, I was most impressed with the hardback in terms of size, layout. Content of course is very informative. Very attractive book.
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