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Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards : Who's Who in the English Monarchy From Egbert to Elizabeth II - DAVID HILLIAM

Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards

Who's Who in the English Monarchy From Egbert to Elizabeth II

Paperback Published: 17th June 2004
ISBN: 9780750935531
Number Of Pages: 250

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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 Halliam answers all these questions and more. Here is a continuous history of the English monarchy, showing how the nine dynasties rose and fell. The book describes the most memorable features of the life and times of each king or queen - from Egbert, crowned in 802 and considered the first king of England, to Queen Elizabeth II - as well as recording the extraordinary lives of their queens, consorts, mistresses and bastard children. It also tells the story of the Saxons, describes what has happened to the monarchs' mortal remains, and relates many lively incidents of royal history that rarely appear in the text books. Read of the saintly Edward the Confessor, who is believed to have refused to consumate his marriage; of the rumbustious Henry VIII, given to beheading those who displeased him; of the 'little gentleman in black velvet', who caused the death of William III; and of Queen Victoria's strange servant, the 'Munshi', Queen Emma, who endured a trial by ordeal; and Anne Boleyn, widely suspected of being a witch. A complete list of the monarchs' reigns and a genealogical table showing the royal descent down thirty-seven generations from Egbert to Elizabeth II adds to the volume's reference value.

Prefacep. vii
The Distant Past: Romans to Saxonsp. 1
Nine Dynasties of English Monarchyp. 5
Kings and Reigning Queens of Englandp. 13
Queens and Consortsp. 113
Royal Bonesp. 177
Royal Mistresses and Bastardsp. 211
The Succession of the English Monarchyp. 233
Further Readingp. 237
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780750935531
ISBN-10: 0750935537
Series: SUTTON
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 17th June 2004
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 15.6  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Type: New edition