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Kings, Queens, Bones & Bastards: Who's Who in the English Monarchy from Egbert to Elizabeth II Paperback – 17 Jun 2004
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Who invented the 'House of Windsor' as a royal name? Who founded Westminster Abbey? Which King had twenty-one illegitimate children? David Hilliam answers all these questions plus many, many, more. Here is a continuous history of the English monarchy, showing how nine dynasties rose and fell. This book covers all of the kings and queens, from Egbert, crowned in 802, to Elizabeth II, as well as recording the extraordinary lives of their queens, consorts, mistresses and bastard children. It also covers what happened to each monarchs remanins, as well as relating many more unusual incidents of royal history which rarely appear in the text books!
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David Hilliam is a freelance lecturer and writer. He has also written Crown, Orb and Sceptre.
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But this book gives a more honest, and three-dimensional description of the nobility of our heritage, painting a far more realistic and down to earth picture.
They had mistresses, illegitimate offspring, suffered wind, gout, syphilis; you name it; infact, they were human, just as we are. But school history lessons did not paint such vivid and realistic pictures; we either had no picture, or a very poor sketch. But David Hilliam has a far bigger and broader brush than Miss Fennell or anyone else, and these characters breathe new and far more interesting lives than we first believed.
This book is fascinating and well worth reading; recommended.
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