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Divorced, Beheaded, Died...: The History of Britain's Kings and Queens in Bite-Sized Chunks

Divorced, Beheaded, Died...: The History of Britain's Kings and Queens in Bite-Sized Chunks [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Flude
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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An essential guide to the British monarchy for those who should already know everything but don't. Written with a lively wit but crammed with factual information, this is the perfect way to mug up on your British history (The Oldie)

One way we remember history is by means of a good yarn... Flude's gem of a book works on this premise - that it is the human stories of our monarchs we remember - and he breaks them down into delightful bite-sized chunks (Family History Monthly)

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The tales of the various monarchs of Britain are some of the most interesting in our history. From Henry VIII and his six wives and Edward VIII's abdication to some of our lesser known and mythical monarchs such as King Arthur, "Divorced, Beheaded, Died..." takes you on a gallop through the history of Britain's monarchs from the legendary King Brutus, through the houses of Tudor and Stuart, and up to the Windsors, including the major monarchs of Scotland and Wales. Discover the sticky end that befell Edward II, the story of the teenage queen of England who reigned for less than a fortnight, and find out whether Macbeth really was a king of Scotland. Presented in an accessible, chronological format, "Divorced, Beheaded, Died..." will fill all those gaps in your history knowledge, together with some fascinating and amusing facts that are guaranteed to entertain any history enthusiast.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1250 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184317362X
  • Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AP9WVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kevin Flude's main interest is telling stories about the past. He has done this either as an author, curator or as guide and lecturer. London is the subject he loves.

He lectures at Central Saint Martins on the M.A. for Narrative Environments Course, and at the University of Westminster on a course teaching 'public history'.

He has worked in the Museum world since 1976. First at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, then as a archaeologist including at the Museum of London (1977-84). He was an Assistant Keeper at the Victoria and Albert Museum between 1984-1987. Since 1987 Kevin has worked freelance as a consultant in many museums, lecturing on the museums, history and archaeology of London and directed the transformation of the Old Operating Theatre Museum from 1988 to 2014.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History can be fun 4 Feb. 2010
By Kim Fan
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Bought to help a history student remember facts/dates etc. and found myself dipping into it with great enjoyment and giggles. Have now bought several others in this series for other subjects, all well received.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashback 27 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this book. It does what it says in the description makes the lineage of british Kings and Queens interesting and informatative.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars D,B,D 20 Feb. 2010
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A very interesting book but not one to sit and read all at one go, better to pick it up and read a bit and then put it down.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of my first kindle experiences 25 Aug. 2011
By doolish
Format:Kindle Edition
Bought this as my first down loaded book ever. I have always been a keen but amateur historian and this sounded fun to read on holiday. I completely enjoyed the easy flow of the book, keeping each king or queen to a paragraph made them easy but memorable. Also some of the lesser known stuff such as Cannut and the Jews.
I would recommend this to people who's children are daunted by the tomes that are normally presented to school kids to learn about our past. This is much more user friendly and will be sticking with me as a reference or just for a cheeky read from time to time.

I hope to find more like this as i go along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LITTLE GEM 31 May 2012
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I loved this book and would highly recommend it. Parts of the The Editors Introduction best sum it up for me - 'By deliberately keeping the entries in this book short and to the point, we hope to provide an accessible and entertaining overview of the sweep of British history that will perhaps renew a dormant interest in the subject amongst those readers who have not picked up a history book for a while..................we hope you enjoy reading these bite-sized chucks' of history'.

As I've recently taken back up an interest in, a subject I thoroughly enjoyed at school, this is perfect for me. Concise and succinct it has helped me with the order of successions. I found the bite-sized chucks just right and I got some good ideas for additions to my (already bulging) reading list! Well written and an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal to accompany my fave historic novels. 30 April 2014
By Alih
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This is a really neat little book to have at my side while I am enjoying reading historical novels, it is a long time since I went to school and remembering who was who is not so easy these days!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book 15 April 2014
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I am still dipping into this book which was very good value. It is an excellent reference book,succinct & to the point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described. No problems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting to know the history of England
Published 5 months ago by Ken1smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Sort of the short version of varied perversions....including justice,...
History freaks without broad knowledge, try this.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. J. H. Wheeler
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining enough
Decent enough dipper book! Found it really interesting even though my interest in the history of the monarchy is average at best. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
We here in England, are steeped in history, especially with our monarchy. This great little book is very informative especially when it comes down to names and dates.
Published 15 months ago by stephen cleere
5.0 out of 5 stars A good precis history.
Bite-sized pieces are easy to take in and I'm sure it will be a useful reference book if information is needed on the kings and queens at any time.
Published 22 months ago by Mrs C Chapman
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars History of Great Britain in bite sized chunks.
Loved this book. Easy to read style. Conscise information and very interesting (if you're already interested in the Kings and Queens of GB I guess)

I found the beginning... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Chris White
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read and historically interesting
Thought this was really interesting as I had not heard of some of these kings and queens before! Enjoyed reading this and for anyone interested in history.
Published on 28 Dec. 2012 by Cheeky77
2.0 out of 5 stars As dry as the bones of these very kings....
I bought the Kindle edition for 99p, based on the 4* reviews it got and, having read 80% of it, I'm assuming I must've read a different book to these other people. Read more
Published on 6 Nov. 2012 by Galning
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