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David Starkey , Tim Pigott-Smith , Jim Norton
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30 Sep 2010

From one of our finest historians comes an outstanding exploration of the British monarchy from the retreat of the Romans up until the modern day.

The monarchy is one of Britain’s longest surviving institutions – as well as one of its most tumultuous and revered. In this masterful book, David Starkey looks at the monarchy as a whole, charting its history from Roman times, to the Wars of the Roses, the chaos of the Civil War, the fall of Charles I and Cromwell's emergence as Lord Protector – all the way up until the Victorian era when Britain’s monarchs came face-to-face with modernity.

This brilliant collection of biographies of Britain’s kings and queens provides an in-depth examination of what the British monarchy has meant, what it means now and what it will continue to mean. Bringing to life a cast of colourful characters, Starkey’s trademark energy and authority make him the perfect guide on this epic, accessible and compelling journey, as he offers us a vivid portrait of British culture, politics and nationhood through an institution that has defined the realm for nearly two thousand years.


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperPress; Unabridged edition edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007399030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007399031
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr David Starkey is Bye Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He is a winner of the W.H.Smith Prize for Biography (for Elizabeth) and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Service to History presented by the Historical Association.

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‘Excellent…the really crucial events in the history of the British Monarchy…are assessed with authority, wisdom and wit…This is Starkey at his fluent and entertaining best.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘This book…is vivid, lucid and engaging…his judgements delivered with quasi-Pontifical assurance are often acute…a very enjoyable book.’ Daily Telegraph

‘David Starkey tours England's monarchical horizon with gusto.’ Sunday Times

‘Starkey brings the past to vivid life.’ Daily Express

‘Combines compelling narrative and lucid analysis to guide us with a sure hand…Starkey’s book will undoubtedly make him and his publishers a tidy profit.’ Spectator

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From one of our finest historians comes an outstanding exploration of the British monarchy from the retreat of the Romans up until the modern day.

The monarchy is one of Britain’s most venerable and revered institutions – but also one of its most volatile. Starkey brings the tempestuous story up to the present, guiding us through the dissolution of the marriage between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, with a new chapter on the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, royal weddings and the future of monarchy.

Throughout, Starkey highlights both the strength and the terrible fragility of an institution that has seemed, at times, perilously close to extinction. He offers not only a brilliant overview of British history through her kings and queens but also a vivid portrait of British culture, politics and nationhood, embodied in an institution that has defined the realm for nearly two thousand years.

‘Excellent…the really crucial events in the history of the British Monarchy…are assessed with authority, wisdom and wit…This is Starkey at his fluent and entertaining best’ Sunday Telegraph

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Compendium 20 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
Buyers please note, this volume brings together two previously published works under the title Monarchy. The cynic in me says this is a clever ploy as it's not overly obvious on the cover.
Starkey is very readable, perhaps surprisingly so, this isn't heavy or dry and is in fact an easy read. Perhaps too easy. At times I felt he was glossing over too much, the book rattles along at quite a pace without much depth or time being given to any one period. Great for schoolchildren as the previous post said, gives you all the dates and names, but for in depth detail I'm afraid this book will leave you wanting.
Again agree with previous post, there are some factual errors here, very surprising, inexcusable really and would hope they are corrected when this goes to paperback.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great high level view of the English monarchy. 2 July 2011
By Jacks
Format:Hardcover
I have read a few books on various English kings. This book does a great role of piecing them all together without getting boggled down on a certain reign or time period.

It gives a high level overview of a monarch's reign and their high-lights and it achieves this in equilibrium across each reign. That includes no additional coverage for Agincourt or Crecy for example and i couldn't detect any favouritism.

The book read's easy and flows very well, this would appeal to the causal reader like myself, but maybe not the more learned historian who probably knows all the coverage already or the pedantic historian, who may pick up on a date or a individuals name spelt incorrectly.

Highly recommended, informative read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the tv series 1 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
very dull and dry - have not been able to relate to the book as I did to the tv series
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars starkey crowns it again 21 Mar 2012
By poleon
Format:Hardcover
Superb. Easy to read and understand. Nobody does it better. Parts of history which are not easily understood become clear in Starkeys capable writing. Starkey and the Tudors are as one but to produce such an expansive volume on the English monarchy shows what a master of history he is. Reading Crown and Country is a must for those whose knowledge of history before the Tudors and after William and Mary, is woolly. As an academic subject of study history was way down the list but David Starkey has rekindled the interest. This book has broadened that study to discover more about the early kings and queens of England before the Tudors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Diagrams unreadable on Kindle- Again! 21 Jun 2013
By MC
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very cross - the diagrams do not diplay on the Kindle or on my Knidle for PC. something I have noticed with great annoyance lately in other purchases- If you are going to sell books in this format it really isn't good enough if they don't work correctly and as of now each time this happens I will take the time to point it out- if I bought a new book from a shop and the opening pages were torn out I would take it back...
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Schoolboy howlers 1 Oct 2010
By Lily
Format:Hardcover
Well written and interesting overview of the history of England, let down by poor proof reading especially in the family trees, which have, amongst other fundamental mistakes, Charles I's reign finishing 19 years before he was beheaded and William IV and George IV sitting on the throne during the same years, namely 1820 to 1830 - must have been a tight fit!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Bibliography 29 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
In my view this is a well written and page-turning book, interesting and apparently factual. However there is a lack of any form of bibliography - one must take on trust Starkey's writings. I think this is quite poor for such a worthy subject.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable. 9 Feb 2011
By Scp
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
OK. there is a couple of mistakes, which I must say I don't think I would have spotted.
It is two previous books combined, but it also fills in a gap between them.
You have to balance the fact that it is perhaps not intended as a University text book and that it is very readable.
Personally I recommend it because it is so absorbing, and has given me a view of things not given by other books, which may, or not be University text books. I would even recommend that University scholars should read it !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is the most straightforward book of English history about the monarchy. David Starkey has a very easy writing style that does not make it complicated. Read more
Published 9 days ago by chech
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully detailed and a must for all those interested in British...
From the dawn on England through the glory of the British Empire to nowadays, this books tells you everything you want to know about British history, and it does so in a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stefania Ceccarelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
This has become my favourite history book. David Starkey has just a way of narrating that is exquisite and I never tire of reading him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ludivine Vallano
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable narrative of links from the past to the present
This single volume history covers the defining events in England since Roman times. As expected this is history told through the stories of the kings and queens of each era, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by markr
1.0 out of 5 stars Review
Love the historical detail unfortunately the book looses its value as the author forgets his undoubted skill as a historian and thinks he's a politician. Read more
Published 6 months ago by steve wakelin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
A lively, entertaining and and insightful look at Britain's monarchy through the ages. A brilliantly (or brutally? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tempus Fugit
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I was pleased with all aspects of this purchase: the product arrived promptly and was in excellent condition and met my expectations.
Published 8 months ago by Ms. S. J. Rolph
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Very keen on historical subjects, this book revealed a whole new view of British history. Thoroughly enjoyable reading matter. Great
Published 8 months ago by Peter T
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating.
Wonderful book. Research must have been amazing - what an insight into our history. Will have to read it again to take it all in though.
Published 10 months ago by amazonian
3.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, but flawed
This is a very readable book and is a very good overview of the history of the rulers of England. It is only concentrating on England so is by nature anglo-centric. Read more
Published 11 months ago by P. Mills
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