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THE MIDDLE AGES (A Royal History Of England) [Hardcover]

John Gillingham , Peter Earle , Antonia Fraser
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21 Sep 2000 A Royal History Of England
This volume covers three centuries and a multitude of dramas, intrigue, loyalty, betrayal, courage, fortitude, cowardice and crime. The book opens with the Norman conquest, William I's bold excursion in 1066 that propelled a new dynasty to the throne of England.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (21 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304355402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304355402
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 19.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Gilingham is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the London School of Economics. He is the author of numerous books and articles on British, French and German History. Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works, including the biographies MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (a 40th anniversary edition was published in May 2009), CROMWELL: OUR CHIEF OF MEN, KING CHARLES II and THE GUNPOWDER PLOT (CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger; St Louis Literary Award). She has written five highly praised books which focus on women in history, THE WEAKER VESSEL: WOMEN'S LOT IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ENGLAND (Wolfson Award for History, 1984), THE WARRIOR QUEENS: BOADICEA'S CHARIOT, THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII, MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY (Franco-British Literary Prize 2001), which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola in 2006 and most recently LOVE AND LOUIS XIV: THE WOMEN IN THE LIFE OF THE SUN KING. She was awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000. Antonia Fraser was made DBE in 2011 for her services to literature. Her most recent book is MUST YOU GO?, celebrating her life with Harold Pinter, who died on Christmas Eve 2008. She lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars history books 24 May 2012
By Chris
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Am really pleased with this book. Came sooner than expected and in perfect condition. I have collected all the books in this series now as I find them very readable and interesting, telling you about the characters themselves as well as events surrounding the monarchy - so much more than just a list of kings, queens and dates. Very impressed with this seller also.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic and easy reading 6 Nov 2003
By D. P. Birkett - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not great history but it's short and readable and has nice pictures. I read a lot of history but I've always had trouble sorting out all those Henries and Edwards in between William the Conqueror and Henry VIII and this was a great help. It goes from William the Conqueror up to 1400, which is when Henry IV bumped off Richard II. It's only 117 pages, some of which are illustrations so you just get the basic stories of the kings and queens. There's a little about Wales and Scotland but, even allowing for its brevity, Ireland is short-changed. It reminded me at times of Sellar and Yates's "1066 and All That" which parodies potted histories and snap judgments and I don't know what professional historians think of its accuracy, but it does the job it sets out to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 7 July 2009
By Marilyn L. Ames - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book. I love Antonio Fraser. The book is in good shape and very readable. I appreciate that. Thank you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series 31 July 2012
By CD - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of a series of 6 of these books. I believe it is a condensed version of a book edited by Fraser called "The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England". That was published in hardback (coffee table sized) in 1998. It would seem that in the six volumes of this set, the text is pretty much the same as the original book, but there are some pictures in the original book which are not in the six volume condensation. But if you want something that is economical for space and still gives you a nice overview of different periods of English history as well as wonderful photos of people, places, and documents, then you will enjoy this soft-cover set very much.
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