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Crown and Cloister: The Royal Story of Westminster Abbey Paperback – 31 Mar 2010
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About the Author
James Wilkinson was the BBC's science correspondent for 25 years, and is now one of Westminster Abbey's honorary stewards. His previous publications are on scientific subjects and the history of the abbey. C.S. Knighton has worked for the Public Record Office as an editor of State Papers, contributed to works on naval history, and also edited the Chapter Acts of Westminster Abbey from 1543 until 1609.
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However having said that, this book although not large in terms of number of pages or especially academic in content is beautiful because of the quality of the printing, the large format,fabulous phots and historic reproductions.
The story of Westminster Abbey is so intertwined with the British Monarchy that its story, as this book demonstrates, is central to the history of Britain.
With great events like the recent Royal wedding and the funeral of the Queen Mother its important to see the Abbey as not a museum but an ongoing participant in that history.
It follows a logical progression of the Kings and Queens of England, giving just enough detail about all of them without being over-burdoning to the reader. It explains how the Abbey has been at the centre of the lives of Royal families throughout the last one thousand, nine hundred and forty five years.
It concludes with a comprehensive Royal Family Tree and a list of the Kings and Queens of England since 1042. The latter gives details of the years in which they were crowned, when they died and where they are buried. At £10 it is the perfect souvenir for anyone making a visit to this house of God and kings.