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Brief Lives of the English Monarchs from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II by Carolly Erickson
  

Brief Lives of the English Monarchs from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II

Part of the Brief Histories Series

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Synopsis

Brief Lives of the English Monarchs from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II by Carolly Erickson

Sharp and enjoyable new portraits of the English kings and queens. Hunchbacked Richard III, the Virgin Queen Elizabeth I, the grieving widow Victoria, and the romantic who gave up his throne for love, Edward VIII - often the colourful kings and queens of England seem like mere caricature, while less familiar rulers like William IV or Henry VI have faded into the shadows of history. Carolly Erickson's sensitive and revealing portrayals bring new life to the big names, and light up some of our most neglected but intriguing royals. Here is the puny Charles I, nervous, tense and socially awkward, the frail slight Richard II, melancholic and sad, the homosexual James I with his handsome favourites, and the stuttering William II. Every monarch from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II is covered.Award winning historian Erickson tells the human stories with her characteristic blend of authenticity, engaging style and psychological insight.

Reviews

* 'Erickson proves it is possible to write narrative history that is both popular and good
Mail on Sunday

* Erickson is one of the most accomplished and succesful historical biographers writing in English
TLS

* 'Extremely readable
Nikolai Tolstoy, Literary Review

* 'a valuable, highly readable, indeed fascinating study
TILS

About the Author

Carolly Erickson is a distinguished historian and the author of The First Elizabeth, Great Catherine, Alexandra and a dozen other prize winning biographies. Her PhD in medieval history from Columbia University, New York, led her to six years as a college professor then to a carerr as a full time writer.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th July 2007

Author

Carolly Erickson

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Publisher

Constable an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Biography: royalty

ISBN

9781845295035

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