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England's Royal History



Reigned from the 5th century AD to 1066
Alfred the Great and other kings

Reigned 1066-1154
William I, William II, Henry I, Stephen

Reigned 1154-1216
Henry II, Richard I, John

Reigned 1216-1399
Henry III, Edward I, Edward II,
Edward III, Richard II

Reigned 1399-1461
Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI
(Henry VI restored in 1470 but deposed again in 1471)

Reigned 1461-1485
Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III
(Edward IV deposed in 1470, restored in 1471)


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More English Royal History

Boadicea, Warrior Queen
The Romans
The Vikings
Eleanor of Aquitaine



Books About English Royal History

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The Kings and Queens of England

Books by Popular Historians

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England by Antonia Fraser. Biographical sketches about British monarchs, from the early Norman kings through Elizabeth II. Includes family trees and drawings of the royal coats of arms.

The Kings & Queens of England by David Loades. Illustrated with over 150 images and genealogical tables, many in full color.

Crown & Country - The Kings & Queens of England: A History by David Starkey. Starts with the warring tribal kings who reigned under the Romans, and continues through the Middle Ages and the Wars of the Roses, the turbulent Tudor era, the chaos of the Civil War, to the modern era, including a new chapter on the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, previous royal weddings, and the future of the monarchy.

Other Royal Histories

The Kings and Queens of England by Nigel Cawthorne. A royal history from Egbert to Elizabeth II.

Royal Panoply by Carrolly Erickson. Brief lives of the English monarchs.

The Kings and Queens of England by W. M. Ormrod. Historians present the lives of the country's monarchs from the warrior kings of the Dark Ages to Elizabeth II. Illustrated.

The Kings & Queens of England by Robert Parker. A concise look at the lives and personalities of the monarchs and also the impact of their reigns.

Royals of England by Kathleen Spaltro and Noeline Bridge. Chronological biographies. Includes 50 family trees.

English Queens

England's Queens by Elizabeth Norton. Nearly 80 women have sat on the throne of England as queen regnant or queen consort, and their voices survive through their own writings and those of their contemporaries.

The Lioness Roared: The Problems of Female Rule in English History by Charles Beem. Examines problems facing female rulers, from the 12th century empress Matilda's efforts to become England's first regnant queen to Queen Victoria's exercise of power during the Bedchamber Crisis of 1839.

Sovereign Ladies: Sex, Sacrifice and Power - The Six Reigning Queens of England by Maureen Waller. About Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Mary I, Queen Mary II, Queen Anne, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth II.

Intimate Letters of England's Queens by Margaret Sanders. Includes letters written by Anne Boleyn and Queen Victoria.

Medieval & Tudor Queens

Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens by Lisa Hilton. The lives of the 20 women who were crowned queen between 1066 and 1503, including well-known figures like Eleanor of Aquitaine and forgotten figures such as Adeliza of Louvain.

She-Wolves: The Notorious Queens of Medieval England by Elizabeth Norton. Eleanor of Aquitaine, Anne Boleyn, and other royal "bad girls."

The Last Medieval Queens: English Queenship 1445-1503 by J. L. Laynesmith. The last medieval queens of England were Margaret of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne Neville, and Elizabeth of York. This book considers what it meant to be a queen during those turbulent times, and the ways in which these women interpreted their roles.

Letters of the Queens of England edited by Anne Crawford. Includes letters from virtually every medieval and Tudor queen, from Matilda of Scotland to Katherine Parr.

Early Modern Queens

Queens & Power in Medieval and Early Modern England edited by Carole Levin and Robert Bucholz. How historical, fictional, and Biblical queens were represented in medieval and early modern England.

'High and Mighty Queens' of Early Modern England edited by Carole Levin, Debra Barrett-Graves, and Jo Eldridge Carney. Scholarly essays on Catherine of Aragon, Mary I, Elizabeth I, Anna of Denmark, Henrietta Maria, and more.

Lives of the Queens of England by Agnes Strickland. Nonfiction by a popular and respected 19th century historical writer.

Books About British Monarchs

English Monarchy

Crown & Country by David Starkey. A history of England through the monarchy.

Books About British Monarchy

English Royal Lives

The Royal Minorities of Medieval and Early Modern England edited by Charles Beem. The history of child kings of England.

Monarchs, Murders and Mistresses: A Calendar of Royal Days by David Hilliam and Christopher Hibbert. What happened on each day of the year in English royal history. Includes family trees.

Royal Exiles: From Richard the Lionheart to Charles II by Iain Soden. Covers English kings and princes forced to flee into exile or endure captivity at home or abroad, and foreign royalty held in England.

Books About British Royal Lives
Books About British Royal Scandals

English Royal Courts

Music & Monarchy by David Starkey and Katie Greening. Showcasing a monarch's power and taste, music has been the lifeblood of many a royal dynasty.

Royal Poxes & Potions by Raymond Lamont-Brown about the history of English royal physicians, surgeons and apothecaries.

Fools and Jesters at the English Court by John Southworth. A reign-by reign account of court fools from their origins in Carolingian Europe and Celtic Ireland to the time of James I.

Books About British Royal Courts

English Coronations & Ceremonies

The Drama of Coronation: Medieval Ceremony in Early Modern England by Alice Hunt. Examines the five coronations that took place in England between 1509 and 1559: those of Henry VIII, Anne Bolyen, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.

Books About British Coronations & Ceremonies

Royal Death and Wills

The Death of Kings: Royal Deaths in Medieval England by Michael Evans. An account of what is known about the deaths of medieval English kings, whether natural, violent, or accidental.

Royal Wills by J. Nichols. The full title of this book is "A Collection of All the Wills, Now Known to Be Extant, of the Kings and Queens of England, Princes and Princesses of Wales, and Every Branch of the Blood Royal, From the Reign of William the Conqueror to That of Henry the Seventh." Published in 1999.

Books About British Royal Death and Tombs

The Middle Ages

A Royal History of England: The Middle Ages by John Gillingham, Peter Earle, and Antonia Fraser.

The Kings and Their Hawks: Falconry in Medieval England by Robin S. Oggins. This book, the first broad history of English royal falconry during the period, describes the practice and conditions of the sport and the role of falconers in the English royal household.

Gothic Kings of Britain by Philip J. Potter. The lives of 31 medieval rulers, 1016-1399.

The English Aristocracy 1070-1272: A Social Transformation by David Crouch. Examines the English aristocracy between the reigns of William the Conqueror and Edward I, including its relationship with the monarchy.

Medieval Intrigue: Decoding Royal Conspiracies by Ian Mortimer. Examines controversial questions in medieval history, including whether Edward II was murdered, his possible later life in Italy, the Lancastrian claim to the throne, and the origins of the idea of the royal pretender.

Kings in the North by Alexander Rose. In the Middle Ages, the earls of Northumberland were famed, or notorious, as the Kings in the North. This book traces the history of the Percy dynasty from the days of William the Conqueror to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Out of print, but available from Alibris.

Power and Politics

The Royal Pardon: Access to Mercy in Fourteenth-Century England by Helen Lacey. Analyzes the procedures of pardoning and the role of royal mercy at moments of political upheaval. Appendices provide full lists of over 1,000 people who acted as intercessors for mercy, from personal servants of the crown to great nobles of the realm.

Gender, Family and the Legitimation of Power: England From the Ninth to Early Twelfth Century by Pauline Stafford. Essays on Anglo-Saxon and early Norman England focusing on political issues of family, succession, inheritance, and land holding among royalty and the elite.

Writing to the King: Nation, Kingship, and Literature in England, 1250-1350 by David Matthews. In the century before Chaucer, poets frequently addressed political verse to the king as a device to make their comments more effective.

The King's Bishops: The Politics of Patronage in England and Normandy, 1066-1216 by Everett U. Crosby. The first detailed comparative study of patronage as an instrument of power in the relations between kings and bishops after the Conquest.

Books About the Norman Dynasty
Books About William the Conqueror
Books About the Angevin Kings
Books About Eleanor of Aquitaine
Books About the Plantagenets
Books About the Hundred Years' War

Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir. Rich in character, pageantry, and drama, and vivid in its recreation of a grim period of history.

A Royal History of England: The Wars of the Roses by Anthony Cheetham and Antonia Fraser.

The Red Rose and the White: The Wars of the Roses, 1453-1487 by John Sadler. The Wars of the Roses were a series of mini-wars fought between two branches of the Plantagenet royal family, and won by the Tudors. This is a history of the entire dynastic struggle, including the social, economic, religious, political and military aspects.

The Wars of the Roses by Michael Hicks. Examines the real reasons behind the Wars of the Roses (1455-85) and the involvement of politics, foreign powers, and a 15th-century credit crunch.

Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood. Women played key roles in the dynastic conflicts that tore apart the ruling Plantagenet family in 15th century England. This book traces the rise and rule of seven of those women, including Marguerite of Anjou, wife of Henry VI; Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV; and Margaret Beaufort, who gave up her own claim to the throne in favor of her son, Henry VII.

The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother by Philippa Gregory, David Baldwin, and Michael Jones. An illustrated look at the lives of three women during the Wars of the Roses: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII.

The Kingmaker's Sisters: Six Powerful Women in the Wars of the Roses by David Baldwin. The six sisters of Warwick the Kingmaker all married powerful noblemen fighting on opposite sides in the Wars of the Roses.

Books About the Royal House of Lancaster
Books About the Royal House of York

Tudors & Stuarts

Quarrel With the King: The Story of an English Family on the High Road to Civil War by Adam Nicolson. Follows the first four earls of Pembroke from the 1520s through 1650. The richest family in England, the Pembrokes both threatened the Crown and acted as its violent agents before ultimately rebelling against the monarchy.

Books About the Tudor Dynasty
Books About the Stuart Dynasty
Books About the English Civil War

English History

English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable by Lacey Baldwin Smith. An amusing tour through England's history.

The History of England by Thomas Babington Macaulay. Classic account by a bestselling Victorian author.

Books About British Royal History

Royal Books & Manuscripts

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination by Scot McKendrick, John Lowden, and Kathleen Doyle. This catalog for a British Library exhibition of illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England. Includes full-page illustrations and three essays.

Books About British Royal Manuscripts

Miscellaneous

Royal River: Power, Pageantry & the Thames by David Starkey and others, edited by Susan Doran. This illustrated catalogue, published to accompany an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, explores the history of the Thames as a stage for royal celebration and symbolism. It includes colourful stories of royal arrivals, coronations and marriages; frost fairs and boat races; and more.

Great Tales From English History: The Truth About King Arthur, Lady Godiva, Richard the Lionheart, and More by Robert Lacey.

Miscellaneous British Royalty Books

For Children

Kings and Queens of England by John Green. More than 1,200 years of ruling British monarchs fill the pages of this coloring book, from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II. For children ages 4 to 8.

The Hutchinson Book of Kings & Queens by Tony Robinson. A look at the monarchs of England. Who became king when he was only nine months old? Which king invented the handkerchief? Which king died on the toilet? And who is England's longest reigning monarch?

A Coloring Book of Kings & Queens of England edited by David Brownell; illustrated by Harry Knill and Donna Neary.

British Royalty Books for Children


On DVD

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Monarchy With David Starkey. This six-episode series carries the viewer through nearly 10 centuries of royal rule in England.

The Wars of the Roses: A Bloody Crown. Using re-enactments and interviews with historians and authors, this documentary brings to life the blood-soaked wars between the House of Lancaster and the House of York.

DVDs About British Royal History
DVDs About the Crown Jewels
DVDs About the Modern British Royal Family
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