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The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England | [edited by Antonia Fraser]

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

The former King of England, Edward II was murdered in Berkeley Castle, near Gloucester, England. In 1326, Edward's wife, Isabella of France, led an invasion against her husband. The following year, Edward was made to renounce the throne in favor of his son Edward. This was the first time that a king of England had been dethroned since Ethelred in 1013.
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Publisher's Summary

This magnificent story of 1,000 years of English history is told through the lives and deeds of Kings and Queens, from the Normans to the Windsors. Understand how the power of the crown has changed as a result of both the character and ability of each monarch and evolving historical circumstances. Eight specialist contributors depict the whole spectrum of royal life in a succinct and fascinating way. Newly revised in 1998, this edition offers expanded coverage of the House of Windsor, including recent events that have greatly affected the Royal Family.

©1998 Antonia Fraser; (P)1998 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

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    Ian Mill Valley, CA, USA 04-15-07
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    "Excellent introduction of British History"

    Covering 10 centuries of monarchy in almost as many hours, this book moves fast. As a result of its comprehensive scope, one suspects that some of the most critical and important events in English history are given something of a superficial treatment. That being said, this book provides an excellent introduction to English history, at least the classic "great men (and women)" history that many of us grew up with. Although the book is a compilation of separate authors, it is very fluid. It is written in a plain, straightforward manner and breathes life into its recount of one of the greatest soap operas tales known to history--the story of the English monarchy. If you like stories about murder, treachery, and power, this book is chalk-full of such tales. For those from outside of England that want a quick overview before your trip, this book will definitely do the trick.

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    Jenny PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 08-14-10
    Jenny PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 08-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "just what I wanted"

    A very concise review of all of the monarchy in England. As thorough as it can be for its short length--if you want a review of all the English monarchy, this is it! I have been reading a lot of biographies and wanted to get the overall strand of monarchs straight, and this was perfect for that. I found it helpful that the book was broke up the reigns by direct family line (so the section changed when someone died without a son/daughter).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shirlene Wichita, KS, USA 05-20-09
    Shirlene Wichita, KS, USA 05-20-09
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    "History at it's best!"

    I love the way the book chronicles the history of the kings and queens of England. If you have an interest in the English Monarcy and/or some of the major turning points of England's history, this is the audiobook for you.

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    Maaike groningenNetherlands 01-08-09
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    "wonderfully written, wonderfully read"

    I have Antonia Fraser's book as well but wanted to re-read it with audio. Starting with the Normon conquest up until the Windsors, it is a superb book, easy to follow, and immensely interesting with lots of detail. It is also very well read which makes listening to it a pleasure.

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    raven Adelaide, Australia 05-11-12
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    "An enthralling travel through history"
    Where does The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Such a complete listening pleasure, the best book I have listened to so far I just couldn't stop I needed more.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    In the car, on the bus or cuddled up in bed at night I just loved in. Antonia Fraser may have edited this fabulous book but Wanda Mc Cadden brought the rise and fall of the English monarchy to life for me. Just fantastic!!


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    Douglas New Rochelle, NY, USA 12-21-07
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    "history of Kings and queens"

    Thoroughly enjoyable albeit a bit long.

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    Jeff Radt Pasadena, CA, USA 04-09-08
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    "Disappointing"

    I have always wanted to read these historical accounts, but alas this is a very disappointing book. I don't know how they did it, but the authors of the various chapters have succeeded in making some of the most fascinating figures in history quite dull and two-dimensional. And how is it possible to omit Shakespeare from the chapter on Queen Elizabeth? Good grief!

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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