Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens: Signed Edition (Hardback)
  • Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens: Signed Edition (Hardback)
  • Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens: Signed Edition (Hardback)
  • Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens: Signed Edition (Hardback)
  • Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens: Signed Edition (Hardback)
  • Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens: Signed Edition (Hardback)
  • Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens: Signed Edition (Hardback)
  • Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens: Signed Edition (Hardback)
  • Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens: Signed Edition (Hardback)
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Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens: Signed Edition (Hardback)

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Published: 28/09/2023
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From King Arthur to Elizabeth I, the hugely popular comedian and author of Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse delivers a typically side-splitting yet highly informative history of England's most powerful rulers.

Signed Edition - a standard edition is also available

Discover who we are and how we got here by pre-ordering comedian and student of history David Mitchell's Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens - a thoughtful, funny exploration of the founding fathers and mothers of England, and subsequently Britain.

Think you know the Kings and Queens of England? Think again.

In Unruly, David Mitchell explores how early England's monarchs, while acting as feared rulers firmly guiding their subjects' destinies, were in reality a bunch of lucky sods who were mostly as silly and weird in real life as they appear to us today in their portraits.

Taking us right back to King Arthur (spoiler: he didn't exist), David tells the founding story of post-Roman England right up to the reign of Elizabeth I (as the monarchy began to lose its power). It's a tale of narcissists, inadequate self-control, excessive beheadings, middle-management insurrection, uncivil wars, and at least one total Cnut, as the English evolved from having their crops nicked with menaces by the thug with the largest armed gang to bowing and paying taxes to a divinely anointed King.

How this happened, who it happened to and why the hell it matters in twenty-first-century Britain are all questions David answers with brilliance, wit and the full erudition of a man who once studied history - and is damned if he'll let it off the hook for the mess it's made of everything.

A serious book by a very funny man, Unruly is for anyone who has ever wondered how we got here - and who is to blame.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 2928377213329
Number of pages: 432
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm

David Mitchell: The Waterstones Interview

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No matter how you feel about them, there’s no doubt that the Royal Family still play a crucial role in our national identity - but how did we get to where we are? And how much do we really know about the Kings and Queens of our past. We sat down with comedian and writer David Mitchell to discover why the early Kings were just successful bullies, why royal succession is a bit like losing your mobile phone, and why Magna Carta is important for many reasons, but doesn’t get you off wearing a face mask or paying your council tax.

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“Laugh out loud funny….”

This is the most entertaining and funny British history I’ve ever come across. Mitchell covers the story of each King or Queen from Anglo Saxon times to the Tudors in this book.

His interests and skills as a... More

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“A Right Royal Bunch..”

In a triumphant romp through history, David Mitchell explores the history of (mostly) kings from Arthur (made up!) to Elizabeth 1st, and tries to answer the befuddling question of why they existed, how they existed... More

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“I laughed out loud so many times whilst I was reading this book.”

David Mitchell recounts tales about dhe kings and queens of england at a run. He starts with King Arthur, who he insists did not exisit, and from that you can guess the irreverent and cynical tone he takes for the... More

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