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The Kings and Queens of England Hardcover – April 1, 1996
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More About the Author
Formerly a literary critic for the Financial Times, he has written more than 20 books, both fiction and non-fiction, and is translated into many languages. His novel TENNIS AND THE MASAI was serialized on BBC Radio 4. His short story THE SOUVENIR was long-listed in 2010 for the Sunday Times-EFG Bank £30,000 award, the biggest short story prize in the world.
Nicholas Best lives in Cambridge, England. For more information, see www.nicholasbest.co.uk.
Top Customer Reviews
If you are interested in reading something other than the "same old" stories about the British Monarchy, be sure to read "Kings, Queens, Bones & Bastards." It's one of the best!
That said, this book by Nicholas Best is a nice brief overview of the Kings and Queens of England from William I (1066-1087) to Elizabeth II (1952-present). It includes a nice photograph of each king and queen as well as brief description of their reign. (Now certainly, this book is not designed for an in depth study.) If that is your intention, you should look at Winston Churchill's book that I have mentioned.
Perhaps the greatest thing about this book is the chapter that focuses on King Henry VIII. While he certainly had his faults, he did accomplish a lot for England. (Authorizing the Bible's translation into English, revising and updating Parliament, building up the navy well, and keeping civil order during the dangerous times with no wars breaking out!) As Nicholas Best says in this book: "The country felt an enormous loss when he died."
While not the most thorough book, it belongs in the library of any English History buff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is an interesting little book with factoids about the Kings and Queens of England dating back to King William I.Published 21 months ago by John Malazzo
My boyfriend and I bought this book in the British Museum bookstore so we could keep the monarchs straight. For that purpose it is perfect. Read morePublished on February 27, 2004 by A. Maxham