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Kings, Queens, Bones & Bastards: Who's Who in the English Monarchy From Egbert to Elizabeth II by [Hilliam, David]
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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 of 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 and 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 consummate his marriage; of teh 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 strangest 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.

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David Hilliam is the author of several books, including Crown, Orb and Sceptre; Monarchs, Murders & Mistresses; and Winchester Curiosities.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1370 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; Revised edition (26 August 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XHALE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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