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Mar 03, 2010

Alison Weir is renowned for her historical fiction and her historical works. One of the problems I have when perusing her works is keeping the players straight. Who was related to whom? Who were the children (legitimate and illegitimate) of kings and lords? In this work, Weir provides us with a resource that can be consulted while reading works on Britain's rulers over time--and keeps the players a little straighter!

Weir notes at the outset (Page 3): "This handbook is about the monarchy, and it Alison Weir is renowned for her historical fiction and her historical works. One of the problems I have when perusing her works is keeping the players straight. Who was related to whom? Who were the children (legitimate and illegitimate) of kings and lords? In this work, Weir provides us with a resource that can be consulted while reading works on Britain's rulers over time--and keeps the players a little straighter!

Weir notes at the outset (Page 3): "This handbook is about the monarchy, and it begins with the first ruler who properly may be accorded the title of monarch, Egbert of Wessex." For each ruler, one to three or so pages suffices. We learn details of the family (mother and father), siblings, wife/husband/lover, children (legitimate and not so), and death details. The work begins, unsurprisingly, with Egbert. Other early rulers--Alfred (born in 846-849), Canute (born 995), Harold II (overthrown by the Normans, ending the Saxon reign), William the Conqueror (born in 1008 and beginning the Norman Dynasty). The Norman dynasty included Henry I.

Then he Plantagenet line, beginning with Henry II in 1154. The line ended with Richard III, in the battle at Bosworth in 1485. Among the monarchs in this line--Richard I (the Lion heart), Edward I (Longshanks), Edward III (and note John of Gaunt, one of his sons, and his role in the line of monarchs), Richard II, Edward IV. Then, after this lineage came the Tudors, beginning with Henry VII and ending with Elizabeth I. After that? The book runs through the different families--Stuarts, House of Hanover, House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha morphed into Windsor, with Elizabeth II being the latest monarch.

All in all, a useful resource, helping to keep the players straight in English/British history.
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May 03, 2012

Essential and comprehensive reference material for anyone who is interested in the kings and queens of Britain and their families, but sometimes needs help in clarifying the relationships between various historical characters. Something I dip in and out of for fun and always come away from it having learned something new.
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Mar 23, 2013

This is a fascinating book. Not only as a quick thumb through, 'goodness I didn't know that...' but as a reference. A must for any student of British history.
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1 January 2015

Alison Weir is an exceptional writer, and has done a great job with the Royal history.Full Review
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Aug 16, 2014

Fantastic as a reference book for those who love reading historical fiction.
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Sep 06, 2015

Alison Weir has written a fabulous research book regarding the Royal Families of Britain, including the Anglo-Saxon and Danish rulers. I don't think there is any point in marking this book 'finished' as I am constantly referring to it to clarify my own research.

Alison uses an outline style to indicate the particular monarch, parents, siblings, marriages and issue. The book is meant to identify clearly confirmed children and possible children of a monarch, including illegitimate issue. There is Alison Weir has written a fabulous research book regarding the Royal Families of Britain, including the Anglo-Saxon and Danish rulers. I don't think there is any point in marking this book 'finished' as I am constantly referring to it to clarify my own research.

Alison uses an outline style to indicate the particular monarch, parents, siblings, marriages and issue. The book is meant to identify clearly confirmed children and possible children of a monarch, including illegitimate issue. There is no reference to any historical events of the monarch's life, just the familial relationships.

A good reference book if you are researching your own family history and have links into British Royalty. ...more
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Oct 13, 2015

Very useful resource. Anytime I get confused about the complicated family trees (which is often) this book helps me trace it back to a familiar point.
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Oct 20, 2018

i had to keep going over some of it to make sure i knew that i had read it correctly but was very interesting
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Jun 28, 2017

Essentially a list of the royal families of Britain with some details about each house.
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Jun 27, 2017

This is an amazing reference guide to the monarchy. It starts with King Egbert of the Saxon/ Danish Kings and carries on until it get to our own Queen Elizabeth II.
It's mostly a reference guide but for anyone whose like me and finds the history of the monarchy fascinating, you'll find yourself getting lost in this book.
Weir took many years putting this book together and the intensive research shows. A definite must-own for any history fans.
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Oct 22, 2014

As always with Weir, this was exhaustively researched. Over twenty years is an amazing amount of time to put into a work like this, especially with how far back it went. She started in the 9th century and worked her way to present time with Elizabeth II. Of course, I wish she would go back through at some point and add in Princess Katherine and Prince George and, eventually, the newest royal baby that is due in April. This book was amazing. Weir impresses me as always.

I think the only problems I As always with Weir, this was exhaustively researched. Over twenty years is an amazing amount of time to put into a work like this, especially with how far back it went. She started in the 9th century and worked her way to present time with Elizabeth II. Of course, I wish she would go back through at some point and add in Princess Katherine and Prince George and, eventually, the newest royal baby that is due in April. This book was amazing. Weir impresses me as always.

I think the only problems I had with it was my own inexperience with a good chunk of the people she was talking about. The eras I'm more familiar with are the modern times, of course, then I really know a little bit of the Plantagenents, like more when the War of the Roses starts. Then I'm an expert at the Tudor portion and the Stuart. Some of the Hanover I'm familiar with. Other than that, I knew nothing. I recognized a bit too late about Harold II, the last Saxon king -- mainly because the people who discovered Richard III's bones are searching for his -- and the relation to William the Conqueror.

The Saxon portion was killer to get through for me. Everyone was named Ethel-something. Ethelbert, Ethelbart, Ethelbard, Ethelberd. There were so many and I started hating that everyone named their children the same names back then. It was just annoying and tiring for me, but I survived through it. I hated Edward III. So many children that were legitimate and illegitimate, plus all of their kids that were legitimate and illegitimate. It was terrible getting through that one king because everyone was, again, named the same. I would forget where I was in the portion of things and have to skip back pages to remind myself, then refind where I was.

Again, exhaustively researched. It was so researched that at some point I thought she had done too much research about all of these children of the children and the children of the children's children because it was superfluous detail for the most part. Still, it was a good book. It was interesting and I'm always impressed with Weir. ...more
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Jun 24, 2014

This volume took Alison Weir twenty-two years to research and write. It's quite a feat. She's covers Britain's monarchy from the late 700s up till 2002.

Each royal house is given a summary at the start of each chapter, followed by the essential details of the ruling king/queen, followed by their consort, any siblings they may have had, and any children. Heirs who have children are also accounted for.

This is more of a reference book that can be used to access specific info, but it may also be This volume took Alison Weir twenty-two years to research and write. It's quite a feat. She's covers Britain's monarchy from the late 700s up till 2002.

Each royal house is given a summary at the start of each chapter, followed by the essential details of the ruling king/queen, followed by their consort, any siblings they may have had, and any children. Heirs who have children are also accounted for.

This is more of a reference book that can be used to access specific info, but it may also be read from start to finish. I did the latter, however, I did skip most of the Scottish monarchy section, plus some of the second generation offspring details. At times it proved a bit like reading a birth or death register, but on the other hand the info is clear if you wanted to look up someone in particular.

I found the section on pre-conquest England the most interesting, as the country was so vastly different in its structure and way of living from today that it's hard to imagine.

It's also shocking to see how many English queens lost their children in infancy or upon their birth. Queen Anne's misfortune as a mother was especially sad to read. It's hard to imagine what it must've been like to lose one child, never mind nineteen. I've copied the main details below of her unfortunate children:

1 Stillborn daughter
2 Mary or Marie
Born on 2 June, 1685. Died on 8 February, 1687.
3 Anne Sophia
Born on 12 May, 1686. Died on 2 February, 1687.
4 Stillborn child.
5 Stillborn son
6 Miscarriage
7 Stillborn child
8 William Henry
Born on 24 July, 1689. Died on 30 July, 1700.
9 Mary Born on 14 October, 1690. Died aged 2 hours.
10 George Born on 17 April, 1692. Died, aged a few minutes.
11 Stillborn daughter
12 Stillborn child
13 Stillborn daughter
14 Stillborn son Of six months’ growth.
15 & 16 Stillborn twins A male foetus of 2 or 3 months’ growth and a male foetus of 7 months’ growth.
17 Stillborn son
18 Stillborn son
19 Stillborn son


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Oct 11, 2011

An excellent reference for the 'who's who?' in the English and Scottish royal families of the past 1000+ years. Weir's research is thorough and impeccable, making this a very handy book to have on hand when you're trying to sort out who was who's child/sibling/parent. Occasionally, you do get a bit of the author's personal bias slipped in, but only in a few places here and there, which you can easily ignore.

The latest edition of this book was released, I believe, in 2002, so it does need a bit An excellent reference for the 'who's who?' in the English and Scottish royal families of the past 1000+ years. Weir's research is thorough and impeccable, making this a very handy book to have on hand when you're trying to sort out who was who's child/sibling/parent. Occasionally, you do get a bit of the author's personal bias slipped in, but only in a few places here and there, which you can easily ignore.

The latest edition of this book was released, I believe, in 2002, so it does need a bit of updating for the last decade, since there have been several marriages, births, and deaths since then, but other than that, this is a real gem to have on hand. If it's ever updated and released again, I may actually purchase a copy of my own, instead of borrowing it through the library. ...more
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Jan 04, 2014

ISBN? - 9780099539735

General Subject/s - History / Biography / Monarchy

Title? - Exactly what it says on the cover - a genealogical assessment of the monarchy.

General Analysis? - A great reference book for historians of royalty and even for those just with a non-academic interest. It clearly gives all of the monarchs. Of both England and France, their spouses, siblings and parents as well as a summary of their reigns. Excellent.

Recommended? - Yes, a great insight into the monarchy and the ISBN? - 9780099539735

General Subject/s - History / Biography / Monarchy

Title? - Exactly what it says on the cover - a genealogical assessment of the monarchy.

General Analysis? - A great reference book for historians of royalty and even for those just with a non-academic interest. It clearly gives all of the monarchs. Of both England and France, their spouses, siblings and parents as well as a summary of their reigns. Excellent.

Recommended? - Yes, a great insight into the monarchy and the relations within it. ...more
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May 02, 2009

I really love this book, if for nothing else, the layout of the genealogies of the British Royal families. This is a great and often needed companion to almost all of the other Weir books, just so you can keep the bloodlines of her subjects in focus. She goes into one-on-one detail on each of the reigning monarchs for almost the last 15oo+ years, right up to Elizabeth II. Doesn't need to be read before you read the others, but is a good resource to have with you when you do.
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Sep 16, 2012

The BEST Sourcebook for the who's who of the Royals that spans from the beginning to present day. This is a must I have on hand for fact checking and answers many questions when encountering obscurities, dates, or many other questions! If you're a fan of historical fiction, as well, it is also a great resource for the characters.
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Oct 06, 2014

Really informative but confusing at times having to go back and remember whose children's children's you are looking at to find their sister etc and also it was annoying how it didn't give you all of the children's names and issues but she does say she was only going to do the issue for the people who are direct ancestors of our current queen so it was a good book for that purpose :)
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Sep 22, 2014

Don't go into this thinking you are getting another narrative. This is an actual page after page list of Britain's kings and queens. You get their name, basic family info, and some history. It's great as a reference if that is what you need.
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Jul 21, 2013

I think I might've been better off with the actual book than an ebook, because the formatting did it a disservice. I had a hard time remembering where in the family tree I was with certain monarchs. Still, it's a great resource to have on hand.
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Aug 12, 2011

This is strictly for reference in my point of view; literally a "list" of everyone connected to royalty beginning as early as anyone can remember a king; but well worth a gander. A necessary source book!
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Nov 20, 2008

Bought it, paper and now available on kindle. Excellent resource. Use it all the time. Lists ALL the kings and queens in chronically arranged order, links to wives and heirs. So incredibly useful. Perfect!
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Sep 09, 2015

Loved this historical reference book about the genealogy of Britain's Royal families. I read it cover to cover twice and have continued to use it as and when for historical referencing. I still have the original hardback copy of this book on my shelf.
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Aug 28, 2016

An extremely well researched book giving quite a lot of detail about various kings and queens throughout the history of Britian.

A very useful reference for anyone who is interested in royalty, as well as those whose family eventually connects to the royal one.
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Aug 02, 2012

Its a good book, if what you are looking for is a "list" of Britain's Kings and Queens. However, it doesn't really give you anything more than that. So this can be used to probably pick a King/ Queen and find books on them to read.
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Fantastic resource; the result of 22 years work by the author. The only downside is the format which sometimes is confusing when trying to follow a particular family. Other than that - a great book!Full Review

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