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on 1 April 2014
This is a well-written account of British royalty with what seems to me to be nice balance of their personal lives and public actions. As an American, I found the chronological presentation useful in linking King John of magna marta fame with his son, William, who was featured in the movie Brave Heart and to link Sheakespear's Richard III with the bloody politics during the War of the Roses. The genealogical charts provided helpful detail on the lineage of each monarch but it is necessary to refer to the essays on each monarch to get the actual years of their reign.
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As guides go, Antonia Fraser is as good as they come for kings and queens; not quite a coffee table book, it would certainly do for a breakfast in bed setting! Lavishly illustrated, it contains a wealth of information about each king and queen and her research has been thorough. Other reviewers have given chapter breakdowns and so on so there is little point in repeating them here.

Suffice to say I recommend it.
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on 30 May 2011
The subject is vast and it is interlinked with the history of England and Britain; so in this format it would be hard for anyone to come up with a good enough book. It is not until you get to the house of Windsor that you understand the authors slant. Her sycophantic recant of the Windsors makes the latter part of the book embarrassing, with general omitance of what the monarchy stood for and how it help to suppress various nations; in fact according to the author, everyone loved them. There is little balance in the book with regard to what the people actually thought about their monarch. That said the family trees are helpful and show how they are all interlinked, or not as the case maybe. Good to have on the shelf to find out who came before who, thats about it.
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on 4 June 2013
Fantastic conditions, brilliant price fast delivery what more can I say. New the book already and this was a copy for my Mum. Our family ancestry involves Kings and Queens and this is perfect for reference.
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on 22 August 2011
Worthy overview of this tangled topic, although some variation (or even relief) from the narrator's voice, by means of some sort of occasional dialogue or dramatisation, would have been a good idea.
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on 8 August 2013
When I ordered this I thought it was the paperback edition I had previously. Its a full size book, lovely condition with a plastic dustcover. Great value and would use again
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on 24 August 2012
Bought this second hand for a friend who had seen my copy and wanted one for herself. As described and in good condition. Pity it is out of print,
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on 12 November 2012
Find this book very useful to have in the house as a reminder of our royal history

It is well written and easy to refer to
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on 2 April 2015
A well written account of the kings of England. The book includes many interesting colour photographs.
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on 13 October 2014
Very clear easily readable book with fascinating details of our royalty.
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