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Brewer's British Royalty Hardcover – March, 1997


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Anglophiles and royal watchers should enjoy this volume from the publisher of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (HarperCollins, 1995), now in its fifteenth edition. The author, David Williamson, is also the coeditor of Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (St. Martin's Press, 1995).

The approximately 1,500 articles are arranged alphabetically and include entries not only for kings and queens but also for historical events, ceremonies, titles, residences, royal traditions, legends, and myths. The reader can find information here on Zadoc the Priest, the coronation anthem; the Bayou Tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest; Xit, the court dwarf of Edward VI; and Looty, Queen Victoria's pet Pekingese. There are entries for the earliest rulers, beginning with the mythical Brutus, the Trojan, up to the royals of the present day. The longest entries are for monarchs: Henry VIII's entry occupies more than three pages, and Queen Victoria's is almost as long. Information on major figures can be found in many other sources, but Williamson also provides tidbits on numerous less well known people. One would search in vain in the recently published Columbia Companion to British History [RBB Mr 15 97] for information on Louis, Louisa, Queen Victoria's dresser; or Louisa, Princess, Queen of Denmark, the fifth daughter of George II; or Louisa Maria Theresa Stuart, Princess, the eighth daughter of James II.

There is an extensive system of cross-references, including see references from variants of a name to the form used for the main entry. The use of small capitals within entries indicates those terms and names with entries of their own. The cross-references are useful, for it may be difficult for American readers, unfamiliar with proper forms of address, to understand why, for example, Princess Diana can be found under Diana, but Fergie is entered under Ferguson. The entries are written in a lively style, full of anecdotes and colorful details. The dictionary concludes with numerous genealogical charts, as well as lists of coronations.

Though not an essential purchase, this eminently browsable item would be a good secondary choice for larger public library collections. Mary Ellen Quinn

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304344273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304344277
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,466,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on November 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Though not perfect, this is a useful basic reference to the history of Britain's Royal Family. Most of the emphasis is on the individuals who made up that history, and so whether you're researching Diana, Princess of Wales, or Gruffydd ap Rhys I, Prince of Deheubarth (1090-1137), you'll find at least enough info here to get you started.
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This could be regarded as just another "history of kings and queens," except that its compiler is a noted and widely-published scholar in the history of aristocracy and monarchy, and also editor of _Debrett's Peerage_. He also forgoes the usual chronological treatment in favor of an alphabetical dictionary arrangement, not only of persons -- including many who didn't reign but had important roles in the British monarchy -- but of many other subjects, running from "Abdication Crisis" (in which he seems unduly sympathetic to the disastrous Edward VIII) to "Zadok the Priest" (the traditional Coronation anthem). This makes it somewhat easier to use for quick reference, though there are a lot of entries to wade through under "George" and "Edward." (Not to mention seven separate individuals called "Princess Margaret.") Articles vary in length from quite short to more than five columns for Henry VIII and cross-references are noted, which means you can open the volume to check a fact and then find you've lost an hour in extended reading, including a large number of entertaining but entirely factual anecdotes. While there are no great revelations here (that's not its purpose), this is a very workmanlike reference volume.
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Format: Paperback
This is an excellent, thoroughly readable, book on the British Royalty and related subjects. It is very blunt, at times, calling it like it is/was! In the back are 37 charts, pedigrees, etc., on the earliest kings of Kent, Wessex, East Anglia, Essex, Mercia, and so on, the most extensive collection of such information I have ever seen. It is a treasure for anyone doing genealogy on British royalty, and the charts alone are worth the price of the book. Most highly recommended!
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When I discovered this book, I immediately purchased it. It had the information that I had been looking for to further my research about my ancestors. When you have ancestors that are part of the British royalty or just want to learn about them this is the book you will need. I have been told that my great grandfather is a first cousin to Queen Victoria and this book was a tremendous help. I hope this will help anyone who wants to read it. Eleanor
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