The British Monarchy For Dummies

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Wiley, Jan 30, 2007 - History - 408 pages
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Includes insights into the lives of the current royal family

Britain's heritage told through the colourful lives of its kings and queens

The monarchy is at the heart of British life. If you're going to understand Britain and its history, you need to understand the story of its royal family. This lively guide walks you through the history of the British monarchy from the earliest times to the present day and covers the colourful characters, extraordinary events, power struggles, and politics that have shaped one of the most famous institutions in the world.


  • The origins of the British monarchy
  • How the monarchy works
  • The relationship between the royal family and the general public
  • How the role of the monarch has changed over time
  • What the monarch and the rest of the royal family do all day

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At times, wished there was a bit more detail; however, I realize that if that happened it would continue happening with every new morsel and the book would end up being (literally) thousands of pages ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Philip Wilkinson was educated at Oxford University, after which he worked as an editor for various publishers in Britain. For the last 15 years or so, he has been a full-time writer specializing in history, the arts, and heritage. He has written books on these subjects for adults and for children, and his titles include What the Romans Did For Us, which accompanied the BBC television series presented by Adam Hart-Davis, the award-winning Amazing Buildings, and The English Buildings Book. He lives in the Cotswolds with his wife and son.

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