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The Lives of the Kings & Queens of England
The Lives of the Kings Queens of England Author:Fraser, Antonia (ed.) The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England is the glorious pageant of almost one thousand years of England's history told through the lives and deeds (and misdeeds) of her sovereigns. Here, in a sweep of short, colorful, brilliantly telling episodes, are the stories of the many monarchs - some merry, some darkly fascinating, some sinister or ... more »flamboyant or perverse - who span ten centuries and ten great dynasties from the House of Normandy in 1066 to the House of Windsor today.
Antonia Fraser, whose superlative biographies of Mary Queen of Scots, of Cromwell, and of King James VI and I have established her as a leading interpreter of her country's history, introduces the book and has herself chosen the eight writers, each with his special knowledge and love of his period, to narrate the rise and fall of the great families from whose ranks sprang England's Kings and Queens. The writers' brief is not just to recall for us the important events in the reigns of each man or woman who inherited or stole (and sometimes lost) the crown, but to capture on the page the extraordinarily rich diversity of their complex personalities...« less