Kings and Queens of England is an entertaining account of the larger-than-life characters that have ruled England through the ages. It follows the fascinating history of monarchs from the first Saxon kings to the Windsors of the present day. Author Nigel Cawthorne paints vivid portraits of a mixed bunch of rulers ranging from the drunken and debauched merry monarch Charles II to the idealized domesticity and colonial ambition of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
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Not My Cup of Tea
This book was dry as dust, with SO MANY DATES, after a while my eyes glazed over. I expected more detailed and descriptive information about the kings, their families, the English countryside, customs, food, clothing, etc. during the different time periods.Of course, I did quit the book at chapter 3, so maybe the historical excitement occurred in later chapters and I just stopped listening too early...
I only made it through chapter 3, then started skipping forward to see if there was anything more interesting than...'Ethelbert the Dusty (1401-1615) was succeeded by his son, Ethelred the Somewhat Belligerent (1522-1750). In 1722 Ethelred the Somewhat Belligerent sailed to Spain where he poked Queen Margarita in the eye with a stick then promptly sailed back to North Umbria where he died in 1985. His son Ethelmort the Smelly (1180 - 1823) reigned as King of North Umbria, Northeastern Southwest Wales, Mesopotamia, and Lower Evesham until his death in 1385.' Nope. It's all like that ^.
If you are a person who spends a lot of time discussing history with university faculty members or you need some filler for when the conversation lags at your next cocktail party - or if you're my grandad - then this may be the book you're looking for. Enjoy.Apologies to the author, I'm sure this is a very fine book and I'm just too snarky and stupid to enjoy it.
- lucky dog