Crown & Country: The Kings & Queens of England: A History (Paperback)

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From the historian and bestselling author who was Katie Couric's CBS live coanchor for the royal wedding comes an outstanding exploration of the British monarchy, including royal weddings Charting the British monarchy's roller-coaster history, this compelling volume starts with the warring tribal kings who continued to exercise their sway under the Romans. New material on the late Middle Ages and the Wars of the Roses takes readers up to the turbulent reign of the Tudors and on through the chaos of the Civil War that first unseated and then beheaded a king. Bringing the tempestuous story up to the present, David Starkey guides readers through the abdication of Edward VIII and the dissolution of the marriage between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, with a new chapter on the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, previous royal weddings, and the future of the monarchy. Bringing to life a cast of colorful characters, this overview of the history of Britain through its kings and queens provides an in-depth examination of the monarchy, as well as a vivid and iconoclastic portrait of British culture, politics, and nationhood, embodied in an institution that has defined the realm for nearly 2,000 years.

About the Author

David Starkey is the author of Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne and Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII. He will be broadcasting on the upcoming royal wedding for the BBC. One of the foremost contemporary commentators on the monarchy, he is a winner of the W. H. Smith Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History, presented by Britain's Historical Association.

Praise For…

"A masterpiece of accessible history, underscored with profound scholarship . . . I defy anybody not to enjoy this book."  —Guardian

"[Starkey] has a lovely eye for a good story . . . he also has a nice line in snarky humour . . . Starkey’s great skill is to weave big themes quietly into a rollicking narrative so that you absorb them almost without noticing they are there."  —Daily Telegraph

"Truly, this is history made as fluent and compelling as excellent fiction."  —Booklist, starred review, on Six Wives

"Starkey's artful biographies of each king and queen provide a delightful buffet for everyone who loves the royals or British history...I highly recommend this entertaining and very useful history." —Historical Novels Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780007432004
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication Date: April 1st, 2011
Pages: 488