The story of monarchy in Europe is a long and extremely bloody one, fraught with appalling violence, scandal and controversy. The position of monarch was once one of absolute power granted by God. Royalty was considered closer to
divinity than to the masses. Today this notion is generally frowned upon, and the royal families of Europe spend all their time trying to convey a sense that their members are ‘just like us’. Compare the lives of Charles I of Spain, Henry VIII and Queen Victoria and learn about Elizabeth I’s role in defending England against the Spanish Armada. Discover the truth about King George III, was he truly mad or was he being poisoned? How did Marie Antoinette, a 14-year-old from Vienna become the Queen of France? This book answers all these questions and many more as it charts the major events in the monarchy of Europe from the very beginnings to the present day.
Charlemagne to Medieval Kingdoms
Rise of Empire
Rebellion and Revolution
The Struggle to Survive
About the Author
Gordon Kerr has worked in book selling, publishing and the wine trade. His journalism includes a regular column on book jacket design for Publishing News and he is a contributing editor to The Book Magazine. His book The Time Traveller s Guide to Georgian London (Watling Street) is published in Autumn 2007. He is the editor of the annual Poetry Writers Yearbook and a limited edition of his poetry, You Can t Get to East Kilbride From Here, illustrated by Ralph Steadman, was published in 2004. He lives in Hampshire and south west France and is married with two children.