Great Tales from English History: The Truth About King Arthur, Lady Godiva, Richard the Lionheart, and More

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Little, Brown, Jun 3, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
With insight, humor and fascinating detail, Lacey brings brilliantly to life the stories that made England--from Ethelred the Unready to Richard the Lionheart, the Venerable Bede to Piers the Ploughman.
 

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Contents

STORYTELLING
CHEDDAR MAN
PYTHEAS AND THE PAINTED PEOPLE
THE STANDARDBEARER OF THE 10TH
AND DID THOSE FEET? JESUS CHRIST AND THE LEGENDS OF GLASTONBURY
THE EMPEROR CLAUDIUS TRIUMPHANT
BOADICEA WARRIOR QUEEN
HADRIANS WALL
THE DOMESDAY BOOK
THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF WILLIAM RUFUS
HENRY I AND THE WHITE SHIP
STEPHEN AND MATILDA
MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL
A KING REPENTS
THE RIVERBANK TAKEAWAY
RICHARD THE LIONHEART

ARTHUR ONCE AND FUTURE KING
POPE GREGORYS ANGELS
ST AUGUSTINES MAGIC
KING OSWY AND THE CROWN OF THORNS
CAEDMON THE FIRST ENGLISH POET
THE VENERABLE BEDE
ALFRED AND THE CAKES
THE LADY OF THE MERCIANS
ETHELRED THE UNREADY
ELMER THE FLYING MONK
KING CANUTE AND THE WAVES
EDWARD THE CONFESSOR
THE LEGEND OF LADY GODIVA
THE YEAR OF THREE KINGS
THE DEATH OF BRAVE KING HAROLD
HEREWARD THE WAKE AND THE NORMAN YOKE
JOHN LACKLAND AND MAGNA CARTA
HOBBEHOD PRINCE OF THIEVES
SIMON DE MONTFORT AND HIS TALKINGPLACE
A PRINCE WHO SPEAKS NO WORD OF ENGLISH
PIERS GAVESTON AND EDWARD II
A PRINCE WINS HIS SPURS
THE BURGHERS OF CALAIS
THE FAIR MAID OF KENT AND THE ORDER OF THE GARTER
THE GREAT MORTALITY
THE BEDSIDE MANNER OF A PLAGUE DOCTOR
THE DREAM OF PIERS THE PLOUGHMAN
THE MAD MULTITUDE
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SOURCE NOTES
EXPLORING THE ORIGINAL SOURCES
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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About the author (2004)

Robert Lacey was born in Guilford, Surrey, England on January 3, 1944. He earned a B.A. in 1967, a diploma of education in 1967, and an M.A. in 1970, all from Selwyn College, Cambridge. Lacey began his writing career as a journalist, working for the Illustrated London News and later the Sunday Times magazine. While working for the latter, he also began writing biographies; his books about Robert, Earl of Essex and Sir Walter Raleigh led to a commission to write a history of Queen Elizabeth's reign, to be published during her silver jubilee. Majesty: Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor became an international bestseller, and established Lacey's reputation as a biographer who treated his subjects accurately and fairly. Lacey is a thorough researcher who has often gone to great lengths to immerse himself in the background of the people he writes about. He moved to the Middle East and even learned Arabic while doing research for The Kingdom, a biography of Saudi Arabia's first ruler, Abdul Aziz Sa'ud. And when writing Ford: The Man and the Machine, about Henry Ford, he relocated to Michigan and worked for a time on the assembly line in an auto plant. He is also the author of Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life, The Queen of the North Atlantic, The Life and Times of Henry the VIII, God Bless Her!, and Princess, a pictorial biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. Robert Lacey married Alexandre Avrach, a graphic designer, in 1971. They have three children, Sasha, Scarlett, and Bruno.

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