By Kevin Flude

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Encompassing homicide, civil conflict, adultery, usurpation, and insanity, here's the basic consultant to Britain's Kings and Queens, written with a full of life wit and choked with beneficial proof and information

The stories of a few of the monarchs of england are the most attention-grabbing within the countrys sizeable heritage. From Henry VIII and his six other halves and Edward VIII's abdication to a couple of the lesser-known and legendary monarchs comparable to King Arthur, this delightfully witty and informative advisor takes you on a gallop during the historical past of Britain's monarchs. tales start with the mythical King Brutus, during the homes of Tudor and Stuart, and as much as the Windsors, together with the main monarchs of Scotland and Wales. realize the sticky finish that happened Edward II, the tale of the teenage queen of britain who reigned for only a fortnight, and discover even if Macbeth fairly used to be a king of Scotland. offered in an obtainable, chronological structure, this publication is full of interesting and fun proof which are sure to entertain any heritage enthusiast.

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Kevin Flude is the director of the previous working Theatre museum in London and lectures in universities.

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King Edwin completed the conquest of the local British kingdoms, securing Northumbria’s domination of the north. In 625 he married Aethelburga, sister of the Christian King of Kent, and converted to Christianity, and by 627 he was the most powerful of the Anglo-Saxon kings. In 633 Edwin was killed by the combined armies of Penda, the pagan Anglo-Saxon King of Mercia, and the British King Cadwallon of Gwynedd at the Battle of Hatfield Chase. OSWALD Reigned c. 634–642 Oswald was the son of Aethelfrith, who united two kingdoms as Northumbria.

He delayed appointing church leaders, so that he could enjoy their incomes, and fought with Rome over whether the King or the Pope had the final say when it came to church appointments. He eventually drove the saintly Archbishop of Canterbury, Anselm, into exile. There has been much speculation about William’s mysterious death, when he was struck by an arrow while hunting in the New Forest. William’s younger brother Henry was a member of the hunting party that day and had much to gain from his brother’s death.

EDITORS’ INTRODUCTION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS It is slightly unfashionable, these days, to be taught very much about the kings and queens of Britain. Those of us who have been educated the so-called ‘modern’ way have gone through our entire school career learning only a few disconnected facts about Henry VIII or Queen Victoria, with little idea of how they join up or why their stories are important. Those who experienced a more ‘old-fashioned’ education, by contrast, learned a great deal about the monarchy, much of it in the form of crushingly boring dates, facts and figures, and most of it promptly forgotten as soon as the exams were over.

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