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The rich pageant of Britain's history emerges nowhere more colorfully than in the story of its kings and queens. This spectacular book offers the most authoritative account of the British monarchy ever published for the general reader. With over 400 illustrations--a third of them in color--it traces the crown's full history from Anglo-Saxon times to the present.
The authors begin with the rise of recognizable kingdoms in Scotland, Wales, and England in the fifth century and conclude with a discussion of the crown's constitutional role, which emerged in Queen Victoria's reign, and how this has affected the monarchy of today. Along the way, we see how key traditions evolved: the right of succession, coronations and marriages, oaths of loyalty and military service, the granting of lands and titles, and the propagation of a powerful image of royalty.
Supporting the text and illustrations are sidebars on each of the monarchs and on key general themes, color maps, an illustrated section on royal residences and tombs, a consolidated list of monarchs, genealogies, annotated lists of further reading, and a full index with personal dates.
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John Cannon is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Newcastle. His publications include The Oxford Companion to British History (of which he was general editor), published by OUP in 1997.
Ralph Griffiths is Professor of Medieval History at the University College of Wales, Swansea. His publications include The Reign of King Henry VI (1981, 2nd edn. 1998), The Making of the Tudor Dynasty (1987, 2nd edn. 1990), and King and Country: England and Wales in the Fifteenth Century
"What a feast....A sumptuously illustrated volume that like all good works of reference lends itself to browsing ....There are long thoughtful chapters on individual reigns; sprightly biographical vignettes; State papers and gossip; excursions into patronage of the arts and royal residences."--Sunday Telegraph (London)
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