The Kings and Queens of England by Ian CroftonThese 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.
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This well-researched book is perhaps the most complete account of both Henry and Agincourt currently available. If you seek to read just one great book about the British monarchy, make it this one. Bradford uses exclusive interviews with those closest to the Princess of Wales to separate fact from fiction. In Edward VI , author Chris Skidmore details the hope brought about by the new king, the rebellions that occurred when that hope died out, and the oft-forgotten about young king who died far too young. Said to be the most beautiful women in Europe, Eleanor of Aquitaine was the wife of two kings and the mother of three.
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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