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Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy Paperback – 18 Dec 2008
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"Staggeringly useful... combines solid information with tantalising appetisers." (Mail on Sunday)
"A gem of a book ... The distillation of years of research by the author, who must be applauded also for the brevity ... A must have reference book." (The Bookfiend’s Kingdom)
'George III is alleged to have married secretly, on 17th April, 1759, a Quakeress called Hannah Lightfoot, daughter of a Wapping shoemaker, who is said to have borne him three children. Documents relating to the alleged marriage, bearing the Prince's signature, were impounded and examined in 1866 by the Attorney General. Learned opinion at the time leaned to the view that these documents were genuine. They were then placed in the Royal Archives at Windsor; in 1910, permission was refused a would-be author who asked to see them. If George III did make such a marriage when he was Prince of Wales, before the passing of the Royal Marriages Act in 1772, then his subsequent marriage to Queen Charlotte was bigamous, and every monarch of Britain since has been a usurper, the rightful heirs of George III being his children by Hannah Lightfoot, if they ever existed' - From Britain's Royal Families."Britain's Royal Families" is a unique reference book. It provides, for the first time in one volume, complete genealogical details of all members of the royal houses of England, Scotland and Great Britain - from 800AD to the present.Here is the vital biographical information relating not only to each monarch, but also to every member of their immediate family, from parents to grandchildren. Drawing on countless authorities, both ancient and modern, Alison Weir explores the royal family tree in unprecedented depth and provides a comprehensive guide to the heritage of today's royal family. See all Product description
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i have read the book several times in one go and also use it for dipping in and out of to explain history biographies i am reading.
i use this book as a guide to my reading list. i have started at the beginning and have bought a biography of every monarch and their spouse and other major characters. i use the book as a catalogue of my collection.
this book has been so useful on days out when someone says "so what did this king do then?" that i have bought it on kindle too.
every school kid should be given a copy of this book on their first day at high school, it would make history lessons so much easier.
i cannot recommend this book highly enough, please buy it today
One thing that is worth mentioning, is that when the author, Alison Weir, was researching this and is some cases found more than one possible date for any event, or name or even identity for any particular individual, she chose to be completist and to include all the possibilities in this work, with an indication of what was likely or unlikely to be correct, as the case may be, so for those conducting a very academical or genealogical study of the subject of royal genealogy or history this should be treated as a very good starting point rather than sole reference, but this work nonetheless meets the needs of most people who would want to buy and refer to it.
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