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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New edition edition (17 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750935537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750935531
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Hilliam is a freelance lecturer and writer. He has also written Crown, Orb and Sceptre.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Hennessey on 27 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
I can't believe this book hasn't received numerous glowing reviews; it is the best put together, funniest, history reference books I've read in years. This is the book for everyone who wants a dinner-party, 'gobbet' knowledge of the monarchy and their significant others. But it is more than that: not only does it give the reader a succint overview of the different royal dynasties from Egbert onwards, but it inspires you to find out more. I found myself cross-referencing entries with other reference books, reading historical dramas and ordering books featuring my favourites. I especially loved Hilliam's description of Charles II as the monarch you would most want to be on a desert island with. That's the kind of history you remember.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 2001
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This a fun, lightweight book and is an ideal introduction to the English monarchy. Serious historians should steer clear, however, as it relies heavily on anecdotes and urban myths. Richard I is just one of the kings to be labelled 'gay' without so much as a second thought. The author strikes an irreverent tone until he reaches the House of Windsor. At this point objectivity flies out of the window, to be replaced by a rather nauseating sycophancy. That said, this is an entertaining read and is probably not intended for a serious, scholarly audience.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Douglas S. Overton on 17 Jan. 2002
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I am a casual student of history with a particular interest in monarchs and their amusing idiosycnrasys, what a breath of fresh air this book was to read. It is so nice to get to the interesting facts without getting bogged down in a load of political or economic tedium.
What a shame a few pedants have chosen to gripe about a couple of minor errors that pale into insignificance when you look at the vast amount of research that has gone into this book.
A wonderful read, I can whole heartedly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan Burridge on 9 Mar. 2011
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History at school in my day, and probably yours, was not a favourite. Our teacher, Miss Winnie Fennell (RIP), whilst knowing her subject, gave but a one-dimensional view of our Kings and Queens; all but Henry VIII, of course, who was a more colourful character for his both famous and infamous eight wives.
But this book gives a more honest, and three-dimensional description of the nobility of our heritage, painting a far more realistic and down to earth picture.
They had mistresses, illegitimate offspring, suffered wind, gout, syphilis; you name it; infact, they were human, just as we are. But school history lessons did not paint such vivid and realistic pictures; we either had no picture, or a very poor sketch. But David Hilliam has a far bigger and broader brush than Miss Fennell or anyone else, and these characters breathe new and far more interesting lives than we first believed.
This book is fascinating and well worth reading; recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By girlwig on 15 July 2009
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I've had this book for a few years now and have not tired of it yet. I love history and this book has not failed to please me. It's a book that you can dip in and out of, choosing a monarch or consort throughout British history. Ghoulish it may seem, but the section that I found most fascinating was the one concerning the dead bodies of kings and queens. And no, I'm not usually into death! It's not a book for academics but it is very readable and highly entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BermondseyStu on 30 Mar. 2012
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I bought this at Westminster cathedral, I'm not impressed. It's lightweight and dubious. There are some glaring errors and things that historians have recognised as being open to interpetation are breezily stated as fact here. It's nugget sized history if you want it and a great idea. It's just not that well written and the author takes far to many liberties for my liking...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. Washington on 13 Mar. 2009
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Really enjoying reading this, and will read it twice to take in all the info. Love it.

Have never been very academic, and never took an interest at school, but since getting older I am fascinated by the English Monarchy and it's history. This book is just the ticket.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (follow us on Facebook) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2012
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I sincerely hope the author gets to read this because I would so like to thank him for making history enjoyable again - not the way I was lectured at schOol.

This book is well written, concise and bowls along at a nice pace, holding the interest of the reader and drawing you into our royal lineage.

His easy style is a joy and for a factual chronology, it is very hard to put down!

Full of juicy, blood-curdling anecdotes, toe curling stories and some great moments of humour; if you want your kids to know the Kings and Queens, start them HERE!
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