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Books about Monarchs

Books about Monarchs
Posted on Jul 28, 2002 – 03:46 AM by Anthony Waldstock

This is a selective catalogue of books about English Monarchs which are in print and available from most high-street bookshops and the on-line bookstores. The catalogue is a growing one and more books will be added as they are published. Some out of print books can be found in specialist bookshops and, sometimes, in the major on-line bookstores. If you are having difficulty in finding a particular book, whether in or out of print, we might be able to help you. Contact us for details of our .

1: Eleanor of Aquitaine : A LifeAlison Weir’sstudy of the revered and reviled Eleanor of Aquitaine is valuable to anyone with an interest in mediæval England. One of the great personalities of her age, Eleanor was in turn wife of Louis VII of France and Henry II of England and was the mother of Richard I and King John of England. She was also ruler of Aquitane in her own right. Not one to be put down or off, she did and saw all that was possible for a human to do and see in the 12th century – including going on Crusade. A source of scandal to manhy lf her contemporaries, she was beautiful and intelligent and wilful and enjoyed the pleasures of life. After the death of Henry, with Richard constantly abroad, she became the virtual ruler of England and ended her triumphant life at the great age of 82.

2: Bloody MaryA rich biography that brings to light the diverse themes in Mary Tudor’s reign. Bearing extraordinary burdens, Mary ruled with full measure of the Tudor majesty and met the challenges of severe economic crises, rebellion, and religious upheaval capably and with courage. Mary has been much maligned by the Protestant press but, in truth, she was no more bloody than her capricious father before her or the rabid Puritans who followed her.

3: The Children of Henry VIII
In this cohesive and impeccably researched book Alison Weir focuses on the children of Henry VIII who reigned successively after his death in 1547 and reminds us that the nobility of old England could be both loveless and ruthless.

4: Life of Elizabeth I
The long life and powerful personality of England’s Virgin Queen have eternal appeal, and popular historian Alison Weir depicts both with panache. She’s especially good at evoking the physical texture of Tudor England.

5: Henry VIII : The King and His Court
Alison Weir turns her attention to Henry VIII, aspiring chivalric hero and accidental spearhead of the Reformation. Weir is thoroughly in her element. and revels in the Field of Cloth of Gold, an elaborate showpiece where Henry met his French counterpart.

6: Edward IV
In his own time Edward was seen as an able and successful king who rescued England from the miseries of civil war providing the country with firm, judicious, and popular government. His methods and policies were the foundation for early Tudor government.

7: Harold : The Last Anglo-Saxon King
Beautifully illustrated, this is the first full-length biography of Harold Godwinsson, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England whose death at the Battle of Hastings ushered in the Norman Conquest.