Kings & Queens

Reviewed by Melissa Tanaka 
for Readers' Favorite

Kings & Queens of England: And How They Got There by Tony Thistlewood is a wonderful look at the families of the Royal Houses of England and the United Kingdom and how they came to power. Thistlewood begins with a brief look at terminology, including subjects like primogeniture, cousinship, and various abbreviations and glossary terms that prove to be useful throughout the book. He then goes on to talk about the House of Normandy, noting that this was when the modern method of numbering monarchs began and how the Houses continued on.

Thistlewood also details various wars such as the War of the Roses and the English Civil Wars, listing individual battles and including who was involved, who was victorious, and the outcome that it had.

Thistlewood has crafted a wonderful primer for those who want to familiarize themselves with the Royal Houses of England and the United Kingdom, or perhaps any Anglophile who desires a historical foray into British royalty.

While looking at so many years of history can be somewhat intimidating, Kings & Queens of England: And How They Got There is incredibly well organized and well written, making it a comfortable and interesting read for all ages. One thing that was very helpful in keeping track of the kings was that Thistlewood had a chart that listed each king's relationship to their immediate predecessor, although I wish the chart had also included how the individual kings had died. In addition, detailed family trees allow you to trace lineages back decades, perhaps inspiring you to take a look at your own family history.


Kings and Queens is a brief history of the Royal Houses of England and the United Kingdom – from the Normans to the Windsors - and how they got there - including family trees.

What was Henry VII’s relationship to Henry VI? What was Lady Jane Grey’s relationship to Henry VIII? How did the Tudors come to pass? Why was the House of Anjou so called? Who was William the Simple?

In addition to (incidentally) providing a host of trivia questions, Kings & Queens is a notebook on the history of the Royal Houses of England. It is ideal as a crammer for schoolchildren, a memory jogger for more mature students, and/ or as a general reference book for anyone of any age interested in the rich history of the monarchs of England and the United Kingdom.

Notes are included on events and matters that directly influenced the process of succession such as the various forms of primogeniture, the War of the Roses, Mary Queen of Scots, the English Civil Wars and much more.

Family trees of all the Royal Houses and other relationships are also included.

CONTENTS OF KINGS & QUEENS

PART 1 

  • Longest reigning Royal House
  • Nicknames of Monarchs
  • Abbreviations and glossary

PART 2

  • Primogeniture and Cousinship

PART 3 
KINGS & QUEENS AND HOW THEY GOT THERE

  • House of Normandy
  • House of Blois
  • House of Anjou
  • House of Plantagenet
  • House of Tudor
  • Houses of Stuart and Orange
  • House of Hanover
  • House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
  • House of Windsor

PART 4 
THE DOWNFALL OF THE PLANTAGENETS

  • The War of the Roses

PART 5 
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE HOUSE OF TUDOR

The Pretenders

  • The Claim of Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey)
  • The Claims of Mary Queen of Scots and Arabella Stuart
  • The Claim of Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon

Relatives and Favourites

  • The Howard and Boleyn Connections
  • The Howard, De Vere and Stanley Connections
  • The Hastings, Boleyn, Leicester and Essex Connections

PART 6 

  • The English Civil Wars 1642-1651
  • And the last Battle on British soil?

Kings & Queens (Paperback)

List Price: $4.99 (see below)

5"x 8" (12.70 x 20.32 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
85 pages

ASIN: 1980802726

BISAC: History / Europe / Great Britain / General

Also available in ebook form for US$2.99


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