Kings and Queens
Pub. date: September 2010
ISBN: 978 1 85514 432 3
Format: 240 x 180mm
Extent: 176 pages
Illustrations: 112 72 in colour
Word count: 40,000
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Essay by David Williamson
This popular history of the kings and queens of England is the only book of its kind to address the colourful story of the English monarchy from the Celtic chieftains to the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II. With over 100 portraits and biographical entries from the National Portrait Gallery, London, this new edition highlights the most important historical events and dates in every reign, with each royal dynasty explained and illustrated with a family tree.
David Williamson's text paints a vivid and sensitive portrait of each monarch, revealing the dramatic events and controversies that surrounded them. Enlivened with anecdotes and complemented by a rich selection of images, comprehensive fact boxes and clear family trees, National Portrait Gallery Kings & Queens will appeal to everyone with an interest in history or the British monarchy.
The book begins by charting Celtic Britain before the Roman invasion to the Norman Conquest of 1066: the establishment of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the coming of Christianity and the unification of England. The subsequent dynastic struggles of the Angevins and Plantagenets heralded the great age of English kingship under the Tudors and Stuarts, who united the crowns of Scotland and England, before the Hanoverians combined personal rule with parliamentary government, ushering in the modern age and the royalty of today.
An accompanying poster, showing the family trees and dynastic descent of all the kings and queens of England, is also available from the National Portrait Gallery direct.
David Williamson was the esteemed co-editor of Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. His other books include Debrett's Kings and Queens of Britain. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists.