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Encompassing homicide, civil conflict, adultery, usurpation, and insanity, here's the fundamental consultant to Britain's Kings and Queens, written with a full of life wit and full of important evidence and information

The stories of a number of the monarchs of england are the most attention-grabbing within the countrys colossal background. From Henry VIII and his six better halves and Edward VIII's abdication to a few of the lesser-known and legendary monarchs reminiscent of King Arthur, this delightfully witty and informative consultant takes you on a gallop during the historical past of Britain's monarchs. tales commence with the mythical King Brutus, throughout the homes of Tudor and Stuart, and as much as the Windsors, together with the foremost monarchs of Scotland and Wales. realize the sticky finish that passed off Edward II, the tale of the teenage queen of britain who reigned for only a fortnight, and discover even if Macbeth fairly was once a king of Scotland. awarded in an available, chronological layout, this booklet is full of attention-grabbing and fun proof which are absolute to entertain any heritage enthusiast.

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Kevin Flude is the director of the previous working Theatre museum in London and lectures in universities.

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CARATACUS Reigned c. AD 41–51 On the death of Cunobelinus, two of his sons, Caratacus and Togodumnus, took over his territory. Their aggressive attacks on the neighbouring kingdom of the Atrebrates (Hampshire) led their king, Verica, to seek Roman protection, giving Emperor Claudius an excuse to invade in AD 43. Within a short while, Togodumnus was killed and Caratacus had lost his kingdom. But he did not give up, and led a staunch and bloody campaign against the Romans for several years. Finally, the Romans forced a pitched battle in Wales in AD 51 and Caratacus was defeated, although he managed to escape.

Severus initially allied himself with Albinus and turned his attention towards Niger, whom he defeated in AD 194. He then betrayed his ally and Albinus was defeated and executed in AD 197. CARAUSIUS Reigned c. AD 286–293 Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius gained success as a general in northern France, and was given the task of eliminating Saxon pirates from Roman waters. He was accused of keeping the pirates’ booty for himself, however, and was condemned to death. Refusing to accept his sentence, he gathered together an army and declared himself emperor of Britain and northern France.

There is a need, then, for this kind of book, one that places the monarchy firmly in its rightful place at the centre of British history yet delights in recounting the human stories of these remarkable men and women. For it is striking how often the personal influences the political in history – how the fate of the nation can hang on the whims and fancies of one person at the top. The most famous example is Henry VIII, who changed the entire country’s official religion as a result of his determination to rid himself of his first wife.

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