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Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors - David Starkey
Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors
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David Starkey's thrilling new paperback charts the rise of the British monarchy from the War of the Roses, the English Civil War and the Georgians, right up until the present day monarchs of the 20th Century. With both authority and verve, David Starkey unmasks the personalities and... show more
David Starkey's thrilling new paperback charts the rise of the British monarchy from the War of the Roses, the English Civil War and the Georgians, right up until the present day monarchs of the 20th Century. With both authority and verve, David Starkey unmasks the personalities and achievements, the defeats and victories, that lie behind the monarchs that form the backbone of British history. This magisterial study begins with the Tudors -- five monarchs who ruled over England and Ireland until the reformation of the 1530s -- and continues with the Stuarts who followed them. It includes Oliver Cromwell, a non monarch, who ruled as Lord Protector, a 'king in all but name', and the Georgians, a dynasty that began with the accession of George I and ended with the death of George IV. In a new, final chapter Starkey brings his study to the present day, examining the iconic role of Victoria and her controversial successors; concluding with Elizabeth II and questions of what we have gained, or indeed lost, through the monarchy, and considering the troubled status of their future. More important than this, 'Monarchy' encompasses the greatest and most notorious events in our history. From the War of the Roses to the infamous Gunpowder Plot, the bloody battles of the English Civil War to the madness of King George III, the Napoleonic Era to the heyday of Empire under Victoria, and finally to our present day Queen Elizabeth II,'Monarchy' offers a radical reappraisal of English nationhood, culture and politics, shown through the most central institution in English life. With characteristic insight and perceptiveness, Starkey gives new life to these figures, producing an entertaining and masterful picture of the building blocks upon which the England of today is built on.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780007247660 (0007247664)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 362
Edition language: English
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Edward
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2.0 Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors
Picture CreditsGenealogyIntroduction: The Imperial Crown--Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the WindsorsIndex
Edward
Edward rated it
2.0 Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors
Picture CreditsGenealogyIntroduction: The Imperial Crown--Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the WindsorsIndex
Bettie's Books
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workaday mp3Read By: David Starkey (uh-oh!)Copyright: 2006Audiobook Copyright: 2007Publisher: Clipper Audioblurb - 'Monarchy' charts the rise of the British monarchy from the War of the Roses, the English Civil War and the Georgians, right up until the pre...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
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Three stars only because there is no citation or biblography. Honestly David Starkey, I expected better from you.That said, this book is very readable. The prose is compelling and not dry at all. Starkey writes like he talks, but since this a book, I am spared his facial expressions that drive me...
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