Britain's Royal Families

Author: Alison Weir

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0712642862

Category: Families of royal descent

Page: 391

View: 5105


A unique reference book that provides, for the first time in one volume, complete genealogical details of all members of the royal houses of England, Scotland and Great Britain - from AD 800 to the present. Provides a comprehensive guide to the heritage of today's royal family.

Britain's Royal Families

Author: Alison Weir

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446449114

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 1374


Fascinating and authoritative of Britain's royal families from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I to Queen Victoria, by leading popular historian Alison Weir 'George III is alleged to have married secretly, on 17th April, 1759, a Quakeress called Hannah Lightfoot. If George III did make such a marriage...then his subsequent marriage to Queen Charlotte was bigamous, and every monarch of Britain since has been a usurper, the rightful heirs of George III being his children by Hannah Lightfoot...' Britain's Royal Families provides in one volume, complete genealogical details of all members of the royal houses of England, Scotland and Great Britain - from 800AD to the present. Drawing on countless authorities, both ancient and modern, Alison Weir explores the crown and royal family tree in unprecedented depth and provides a comprehensive guide to the heritage of today's royal family – with fascinating insight and often scandalous secrets. 'Staggeringly useful... combines solid information with tantalising appetisers.’ Mail on Sunday

Princes at War

Author: Deborah Cadbury

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1610394046

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 3429


In 1936, the British monarchy faced the greatest threats to its survival in the modern era -- the crisis of abdication and the menace of Nazism. The fate of the country rested in the hands of George V's sorely unequipped sons: a stammering King George VI, terrified that the world might discover he was unfit to rule a dull-witted Prince Henry, who wanted only a quiet life in the army the too-glamorous Prince George, the Duke of Kent -- a reformed hedonist who found new purpose in the RAF and would become the first royal to die in a mysterious plane crash the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, deemed a Nazi-sympathizer and traitor to his own country -- a man who had given it all up for love Princes at War is a riveting portrait of these four very different men miscast by fate, one of whom had to save the monarchy at a moment when kings and princes from across Europe were washing up on England's shores as the old order was overturned. Scandal and conspiracy swirled around the palace and its courtiers, among them dangerous cousins from across Europe's royal families, gold-digging American socialite Wallis Simpson, and the King's Lord Steward, upon whose estate Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachuted (seemingly by coincidence) as London burned under the Luftwaffe's tireless raids. Deborah Cadbury draws on new research, personal accounts from the royal archives, and other never-before-revealed sources to create a dazzling sequel to The King's Speech and tell the true and thrilling drama of Great Britain at war and of a staggering transformation for its monarchy.

Music and Ceremonial at British Coronations

Author: Matthias Range

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139560999

Category: Music

Page: N.A

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Coronations are the grandest of all state occasions. This is the first comprehensive in-depth study of the music that was performed at British coronations from 1603 to the present, encompassing the sixteen coronations that have taken place in Westminster Abbey and the last two Scottish coronations. Range describes how music played a crucial role at the coronations and how the practical requirements of the ceremonial proceedings affected its structure and performance. The programme of music at each coronation is reconstructed, accompanied by a wealth of transcriptions of newly discovered primary source material, revealing findings that lead to fresh conclusions about performance practices. The coronation ceremonies are placed in their historical context, including the political background and the concept of invented traditions. The study is an invaluable resource not only for musicologists and historians, but also for performers, providing a fascinating insight into the greatest of all Royal events.

British Royal and State Funerals

Author: Matthias Range

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1783270926

Category: History

Page: 408

View: 7088


The first in-depth study of the ceremonial and music performed at British royal and state funerals over the past 400 years.

Royal Sex

Author: Roger Powell

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445613816

Category: History

Page: 317

View: 338


The current Prince of Wales, our future King, has married his mistress and she will become, barring an accident, our next Queen Consort.

The Life of Elizabeth I

Author: Alison Weir

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307834603

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 9833


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one--not even her closest, most trusted advisers. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir shares provocative new interpretations and fresh insights on this enigmatic figure. Against a lavish backdrop of pageantry and passion, intrigue and war, Weir dispels the myths surrounding Elizabeth I and examines the contradictions of her character. Elizabeth I loved the Earl of Leicester, but did she conspire to murder his wife? She called herself the Virgin Queen, but how chaste was she through dozens of liaisons? She never married—was her choice to remain single tied to the chilling fate of her mother, Anne Boleyn? An enthralling epic that is also an amazingly intimate portrait, The Life of Elizabeth I is a mesmerizing, stunning reading experience.

The Royal Houses of Europe

Author: Jacques Arnold

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780956910004

Category: Europe

Page: 214

View: 7185


Following the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton, this is a new edition showing the descendants of Queen Victoria, the British Monarch who dominated the nineteenth century, has left an ever expanding family of descendants, including most continental royal families, now numbering more than 1500 including spouses, and stretching to eight generations.

On Royalty

Author: Jeremy Paxman

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 0786721561

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 5291


The notable characteristic of the royal families of Europe is that they have so very little of anything remotely resembling true power. Increasingly, they tend towards the condition of pipsqueak principalities like Liechtenstein and Monaco—fancy-dress fodder for magazines that survive by telling us things we did not need to know about people we have hardly heard of. How then have kings and queens come to exercise the mesmeric hold they have upon our imaginations? In On Royalty renowned BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman examines the role of the British monarchy in an age when divine right no longer prevails and governing powers fall to the country's elected leaders. With intelligence and humor, he scrutinizes every aspect of the monarchy and how it has related to politics, religion, the military and the law. He takes us inside Buckingham Palace and illuminates the lives of the monarchs, at once mundane, absurd and magical. What Desmond Morris did for apes, Paxman has done for these primus inter primates: the royal families. Gilded history, weird anthropology and surreal reportage of the royals up close combine in On Royalty, a brilliant investigation into how an ancient institution struggles for meaning in a modern country.