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A Brief History of British Kings & Queens (Brief Histories) by [Ashley, Mike]
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In one portable volume, A Brief History of British Kings and Queens offers a royal biographical AZ, its pages lavish in details on all the rulers of the kingdoms within the British Isles, together with their wives or consorts, pretenders, usurpers, and regents, from Queen Boadicea of the early Britons to today's Elizabeth II. This complete record of Britain's kings and queens contains more than 1,000 monarchs and 2,000 years of fascinating history. "Everything its title promises. The pages are filled with ...everything anyone might ever want to know about the royals. "Publishers Weekly "Highly recommended. "Choice

About the Author

Mike Ashley is the author and editor of over sixty books including the bestselling Mammoths Comic Fantasy, Seriously Comic Fantasy and Fantasy, and the crime-fiction collections The Mammoth Book of Locked Room Mysteries, The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits and The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits.

He lives in Chatham, Kent.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2093 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JF46Z2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #230,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am not highly educated, I didn't go to college or university and I was unsure whether I would settle down with this book. However I have found it a delight to read. The book is informative and intriguing and it is in places even humorous. I am not even a third of the way in yet but look forward to each chapter and revelations from each dynasty or house.
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In all its awful detail the history of the monarchy of these British Isles of ours is full of provoking and fascinating stories. Quite often the fascination lies in how often tradition gets a thorough debunking. Did you know, for instance, that the psychological trait most commonly found in any English or Scottish king is a vicious temper? The competition for who had the most illegitimate children is probably won by Henry I, who had at least 25 by eight or more women, and then there are the Hanover kings - womanisers to a man. This book is a real eye-opener when it comes to the cherished legends of yore. Take for instance Richard the Lionheart, revered as a gallant soldier-king who returned from the Crusades to save his Kingdom from the ravages of his younger brother, John. It's rubbish - Richard was a brilliant soldier, but totally useless at statesmanship and managed to make enemies of most of Europe's rulers. He actually spent less than six months in England, being far more concerned about his French affairs (and, too, with his love affairs with other men). John was a much more successful king and was enduringly popular with the masses when he supported them against the Barons, although the story about him losing the crown jewels in the Wash has some basis in fact.

On the subject of royal unpalatability, the prime contender for worst king ever must be Henry VIII - who lately got soft-focus treatment by the BBC in a series called The Tudors (in which case it should have started with Henry VII - but perhaps there wasn't enough bonking in the earlier Henrician narrative).
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 July 2011
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I previously reviewed a book that gave a basic overview of the kings and queens of England, and while it is good for what it is, I eventually realized that I wanted a more detailed history that also covered Scotland. If it covered Wales and Ireland too, even better. This book covers Wales but not Ireland (though Ireland gets mentioned a few times), while having the additional merit of attempting to go right back to the earliest British kings, way before the Romans arrived. Very little is known about the really early kings, but it is good to find some information about them here.

Because of the book's starting point, it covers the Roman period, but if you really want to read about the Roman Empire, you'll need a different book. This being a history of royalty, it covers the basics, including the walls built by Hadrian and Antonius. Well, not built by them personally, but built in their names. Of course, one could say the same about any given period. This book is an excellent history of British royalty, but while it mentions some of the major changes that took place in society, it cannot dwell on them.

Actually, this book is titled a brief history because it is a carefully edited version of a much larger tome in which the same author provided a very comprehensive study of the subject. Apparently realizing that it would be too much for most people, he set about producing a book that was more readable while preserving the essence of the story. Not having read the mammoth book, I don't know for sure what he left out, though I can guess in some cases, where I've come across other pieces of information elsewhere. I'm not complaining anyway; there is more than enough information here for my needs just now.
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This book crams a very great deal into one pocketable p/back. The title is accurate. It has to be brief and it is. There is an immense amount of ground to cover.

Each monarch has a chapter describing the principle events leading to the accession to the throne, the reign, its consequences and a final assessment of the whole and the individual.

Welsh and Scottish royalty are covered. This is only fair: they are part of British history too. How much these parts interest you depends on whether you are Welsh or Scottish, I suppose but they are, as things have turned out, tributaries to the main flow of British history, joining the main stream with James VI/I

This book is a very good 'taster'. Enough detail is presented to make any one monarch interesting enough that you will be able to decide if you want to know more by buying a more specific book.
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An excellent layman's guide to British monarchy. Well laid out for easy reference and a great starter book for more in depth reading.
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A fine guide and reference book ,easily read. and packed with information which serves as a potted review of our history..
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