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Kings and Queens of England
These books were aimed to please both the general reader and those who already were informed about the reign of the monarch assessed in each volume. Most of the volumes were published between and , with a few being published as late as There was also a short run of reprints from to of some of the titles which extended the life of the series. The name of whoever was responsible for abandoning the attractive original covers for the newer ones has not been discovered! Each book was written by a different author, with some authors writing more than one.
From the reign of Alfred the Great - the first king of Wessex to call himself 'king of England' - in the 9th century, to the shock of Norman invasion in the 11th, and from the brutal vicissitudes of late medieval kingship to the comfortable ceremonial of modern-day constitutional monarchy, the story of England's kings and queens is to a large degree that of England herself. Each monarch is elegantly profiled and the impact of their rule on wider English history clearly and concisely described and analysed.
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This will be a bumper year for the Queen — and for books about her ancestors. Queen Victoria, the current record-holder, ruled for 63 years and days. Our Queen will pass that record on September But, to make things tricky, the Queen has had 16 leap years in her reign; Queen Victoria had only However you do the maths, it will be an extraordinary landmark, not least because the Queen will be 89, eight years older than Queen Victoria on her death in A dwindling proportion of the British population remember any monarch other than Elizabeth II.