A Helpful, Chunky Wee Joy of a Book.,
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This review is from: Kings & Queens: The Concise Guide (Hardcover)
This is a 'does what it says on the tin' book: a concise guide, which means that it sets out to record the essentials without entering into too much detail. Among its most helpful features are some superb colour illustrations and even a few maps. The only real disappointment are the genealogies on pp. 102-104, which just give the names of the monarchs without reference to their mothers, a poor effort that fails to show their true relationships to each other.
This is a great book for when we need to grasp the picture of any particular day and age as quickly as possible without being sidetracked with too much detail. It enables the reader to home in on the reign of a particular monarch, master the salient points and be inspired to access further details elsewhere if their interest has been sufficiently aroused. Another helpful feature is that outstanding events are highlighted in relation to the reign in which they occurred. Examples of this are Magna Carta the Black Death, Geoffrey Chaucer and the Peasants Revolt.
There's an introduction and a helpful index. Richard Cavendish and Pip Leahy are to be congratulated on producing such a helpful guide apart from the faux pas over the genealogies. However, it's such a great wee book that it would be churlish to deduct any stars just because of that. I'm simply so pleased to have this hard cover, chunky, joy of a book in my possession. I'm sure lots of people will find it very helpful.