Gimson's Kings and Queens: Brief Lives of the Forty Monarchs since 1066 (Hardback)
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Gimson's Kings and Queens: Brief Lives of the Forty Monarchs since 1066 (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 20/08/2015
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Packed with pithy pen portraits of forty memorable monarchs, Gimson's breezy and enlightening volume is an invaluable primer on the weird and wonderful world of British royalty.

A book for all lovers of history: the experienced and the novice, the serious and the silly.

Gimson's Kings and Queens whirls us through the lives of our monarchs - from 1066 and William the Conqueror right up to Queen Elizabeth II and the present-day - to tell a tale of bastardy, courage, conquest, brutality, vanity, vulgarity, corruption, anarchy, absenteeism, piety, nobility, divorce, execution, civil war, madness, magnificence, profligacy, frugality, philately, abdication, dutifulness, family breakdown and family recovery.

Written in Andrew Gimson's inimitable style, and illustrated by Martin Rowson, this is both a primer and a refresher for anyone who can't quite remember which were the good and bad Edwards or Henrys, or why so-and-so succeeded to the throne rather than his second cousin.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224101196
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 364 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 26 mm


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'This is the stuff of history lessons long ago, and long forgotten by most of us. Essentially Horrible Histories for grown-ups, splendidly enhanced by Martin Rowson's typically scabrous portraits.' - Marcus Berkmann, The Spectator

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“As entertaining as '1066 And All That' - but historically accurate!”

This excellent little book has been on my wish list ever since reading the professional reviews when it was first published, so I was delighted to receive it as a birthday present. It perfectly fits the author’s idea... More

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