A Brief History of British Kings and Queens

  • by Mike Ashley
  • Narrated by Roger Davis
  • 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is the whole of recorded British royal history, from the legendary King Alfred the Great onwards, including the monarchies of England, Scotland, Wales and the United Kingdom for over a thousand years. Fascinating portraits are expertly woven into a history of division and eventual union of the British Isles - even royals we think most familiar are revealed in a new and sometimes surprising light.
This revised and shortened edition of The Mammoth Book of British Kings & Queens includes biographies of the royals of recorded British history, plus an overview of the semi-legendary figures of pre-history and the Dark Ages - an accessible source for students and general readers.
Mike Ashley is the author and editor of over sixty books including the bestselling Mammoths Comic Fantasy, Seriously Comic Fantasy and Fantasy, and the crime-fiction collections The Mammoth Book of Locked Room Mysteries, The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits and The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits.


What the Critics Say

"Everything its title promises. The pages are filled with ... everything anyone might ever want to know about the royals." (Publishers Weekly)
"Highly recommended." (Choice)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

for absolute beginners only

If you want a brief history, this is it. It is necessarily quite superficial and, really, I shouldn't have bought it because I know nearly everything it contains and need depth rather than brevity - my mistake. It might be good for anyone who knows zilch about English history and wants a quick look at the monarchy from its inception until now, but I suspect that anyone interested enough to buy the book would be interested in learning more than this quick sweep can provide. Still, if it's just an overview you want it's well put together and well read and easy to listen to.
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- Robyn

Best Ever!!!

What did you love best about A Brief History of British Kings and Queens?

Followed all the British kings and queens from the begining
I think it has the most coverage and best information that I have found on this subject

Who was your favorite character and why?


Which character – as performed by Roger Davis – was your favorite?


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

Yes--I know I will listen to it several times

Any additional comments?

I would like to see his other book on this subject available for audio

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- Jean D. Bates

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios