Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards Kindle Edition
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I am surprised by the occasional criticism of inaccuracy made by other more astute readers, but suggest nonetheless that if you are somewhat uninformed about English Royalty and can bear an (esoteric?) inaccuracy or two in 1,210 years of history, then this is the book for you. It is a straightforward account with enough fun, facts and trivia to make individual descriptions "take hold" in your memory, e.g., "It is her [Elizabeth of York, 1485-1536] portrait that we see as the Queen on every pack of cards". Also, "As a baby Ethelred had caused some concern when he peed in the font while he was being baptised - obviously an omen of disaster". There are plenty more anecdotes of this sort. I give the book four stars because it is a collection of somewhat separate events, encyclopedia style and so, reads as such, but still very enjoyably.
The kindle format works well containing all of the expected hyper-links and a useful table of contents. It is the kind of book that you will want to bounce back and foreword within and search for a term, name or year - so the electronic format brings useful functionality to the content. No hardcopy page numbers at all - only the ephemeral "location", uncommunicative to any but another kindle. e-book publication quality, ★★★☆☆.
If you're doing research or need to read up on royals for a class, then I suggest getting some different sources, but if you're looking for something to kill time and you love reading about Kings and Queens, then give this book a try. As long as you don't take it too seriously, I think you'll really like it.
The book is broken down into sections. The first section details the lives of the King or Queen in question. The next details the people that they married. The next is how the person died and where they are buried. The next section details wither the King or Queen had any illegitimate children.
Very informative book for people who are interested in the royal family or just want to learn more. It also has a family tree that connects the first King of England to Queen Elizabeth-fascinating stuff!
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