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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You’re Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organised
Part I: All About the Monarchy
Part II: Early Rulers
Part III: The Middle Ages
Part IV: The Kings of Scotland
Part V: Kingdoms United: Tudors, Stuarts, and Hanoverians
Part VI: Modern Royals: The House of Windsor
Part VII: The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1
How the United Kingdom Came to Be United
Enemies within
Ruling the waves
Uniting the kingdom
Searching for an Heir
Keeping the monarchy in the family
Preparing the heir
Paying for the Monarchy
The power of Parliament
The taxman cometh
Sinister ministers
Being Good to the People
Holy kings!
I serve
Understanding a Constitutional Monarchy
So where’s the constitution, then?
The monarch in Parliament
The power: Ruler and Prime Minister
The advantages
Figuring Out the Monarch’s Duties
Head of state
National figurehead
Exploring the Royal Family’s Responsibilities
Helping the monarch
Family benefits
Bonding with the Church
The Church of England
Defender of the Faith
Checking Out Other Royal Roles
The monarch and the courts
The monarch and the military
The Romans in Britain
Rule Britannia!
Royal rebellion
Enter the Saxons
Vanishing Celts
Seven kings for seven kingdoms
Struggles for Supremacy
Sutton who?
Northumbria versus Mercia
Keep Offa the Dyke
Wessex Rules
Small beginnings
Ecgbert, king of England
Aethel-this, Aethel-that
Beware, Vikings!
Raid or trade?
The only answer – fight!
Alfred in Control
Learning and Law-Giving
The literary king
History and law
After Alfred
Marriages and marauders: Edward
Crowning glories: Aethelstan
King and victim: Edmund
The unready king: Aethelred
There Is Nothing Like a Dane
Change your partners
Cnut and the Saxons
Cnut the astute: England prospers
Cnut in Europe
An all-powerful king?
A cruel legacy: Cnut’s sons
Pious Potentate: Edward the Confessor
Earls and nobles
Trouble in bed
In search of an heir
Conqueror: William I
One in the eye: The Battle of Hastings
The feudal system
Jobs for the boys
Domesday Book
A sticky end
Ruthless Rufus: William II
Money-making schemes
Beastly bishops
Was he murdered?
Lion of Justice: Henry I
Curthose curtailed
Well advised?
Shipwrecked succession
Scramble for the Crown: Stephen
Too good by half: The chivalrous king
Warring Matildas: Queen versus empress
Political ping-pong
Succession Sorted: Henry II
Marrying well: Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
Enter the Plantagenets
Turbulent times
A legal mind
Family fortunes
Missing Monarch: Richard I
The absentee king
Hero or villain?
Missing Land, Missing Treasure: John
Royal murderer?
King versus barons
Lord of Misrule: Henry III
The art of making enemies
Royal power reduced
Longshanks: Edward I
A devoted couple
Moving in on Wales
The Hammer of the Scots
New laws, model parliaments
Law reforms
Cruel Fate: Edward II
King and favourite
Defeat in Scotland
Dispensers of power
A gruesome end
Chivalry Rules: Edward III
Showing who’s boss
The Hundred Years War
The Order of the Garter
Grabbing the throne
The ailing king
Superking: Henry V
Agincourt and all that
A big mistake: Dying young
Protection racket
Henry on the throne
The Wars of the Roses
Marrying a commoner: Edward IV
Scandal! The princes in the Tower
Much Maligned: Richard III
Crook or crookback?
My kingdom for a horse!
Celtic Confusion
Strange but true: Scots from Ireland
The Britons of Strathclyde
The northern Picts
A new kind of king
All Together Now
Canny Ken: Keeping Scotland together
Malcolm: War lord, new style
Feudal kings
David: Devout and determined
The legacy: Malcolm IV
William the Lion sleeps tonight
Attacking the Neighbours
Qualified success – Alexander II
Golden age – Alexander III
All at Sea – Queen Margaret and John I
The lady of Scotland
John Balliol
Robert I
Fighting for the throne
Murmurs against the king
Dark and Drublie Days
dark and drublie days
David comes and goes
David on the throne
Wife trouble, heir trouble
Trouble with the Barons
Robert II
Robert III
Jim in a Jam: James I
Picking Up the Pieces: James II
Deadly Douglases
Explosive ending
People Trouble: James III
Looking to Europe
Nobles versus favourites
Strong-man: James IV
Money and government
The bed-hopping king
The Renaissance man
Floundering at Flodden
King and Queen Mother: Margaret
Ruthless Ruler: James V
Mary, Queen of Scots
Catholic versus Protestant
Too hot to handle
Mary versus Elizabeth
New Hope: James VI
Royal paranoia
James the scholar
New Broom: Henry VII
Bakers and fakers
New monarchy?
Punching above His Weight: Henry VIII
With friends like these. .
Spend, spend, spend
No hope from the Pope
Head of the church
Bad habits: The monasteries are closed
The six wives
The last years
Boy-King: Edward VI
Prayer Book in . . . Mass out
Nine-day wonder
Bloody Mary: Mary I
The Spanish question
Long-distance loving
Gloriana: Elizabeth I
Troubled childhood
High-maintenance monarch
Like a virgin?
Rivals and spies
Blown away: The Spanish Armada
Past and future
The Wisest Fool: James I
A Scotsman in England
A moral maze
A wife and a war
Losing Your Head: Charles I
Right royal mess
King versus Parliament
Head under heels
England as a Republic
Commonwealth
Protectorate
Merry Monarch: Charles II
Bed, bawd, and the finer things in life
Gimme the money!
Trouble Ahead: James II
Zeal of the converted
The king in exile
Joint Rule: William and Mary
Glorious revolution?
Going Dutch
All Together Now: Anne
My hero
Britain: A United Kingdom at last
Fish Out of Water: George I
The German king
Up he rises: The Old Pretender
Yes, Prime Minister!
Selfish but Successful: George II
King and consort
War, war, and more war
A proper Charlie: The Jacobite Rising
Poor Fred
Building an empire
Farmer George: George III
Right and proper?
Losing America
Mad or sad?
Prince of Pleasure: George IV
Lord of luxury
The secret wife
The coronation scandal
King and public
All Change: William IV
Sailor Bill
Vote, vote, vote: Electoral reform
Loathed and Then Loved: Victoria
Trying to be good
King without a crown: Prince Albert
Families and peace
Ministerial manoeuvres
Jubilee!
Unlikely Success: Edward VII
Playboy prince
The king as ambassador
The wider world
Love or Monarchy: Edward VIII
A long apprenticeship
Trouble and strife
The abdication crisis
Aftermath of abdication
Reluctant King: George VI
A personal problem
A prince at war
Finding a role
Queen Elizabeth
Adjusting to kingship
Wartime
Helping Britain recover
Education of a Princess
The new Prince of Wales
The Silver Jubilee
Annus Horribilis: A Truly Horrible Year
Royal splits
The Windsor fire
Paying for royalty
Tragedy and Change
Media and monarchy
Threats and tensions
The Young Prince: Prince Charles
Schooldays
After school
King-in-Waiting
Public duties
The Prince’s Charities
The Duchy of Cornwall
Charles and Diana
Charles before Diana
Fairytale gone sour
The media war
Death of a princess
Charles and Camilla
Non-negotiable relationship
Marriage
Buckingham Palace
Windsor Castle
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
Sandringham
Balmoral Castle
St James’s Palace
Clarence House
Kensington Palace
Highgrove House
Frogmore House
The Tower of London
Hampton Court Palace
The Banqueting House
Westminster Abbey
Kew Palace
Horse Guards Parade
Caernarfon Castle
Stirling Castle
Osborne House
Runnymede
Bosworth Field
Llywelyn ap Iorweth
Llywelyn ap Gruffydd
Edward
Edward, the Black Prince
Owain Glyndwr
Edward of Westminster
Arthur, Duke of Cornwall
Henry Frederick, Duke of Cornwall
James Francis Edward Stuart
Frederick, Duke of Cornwall
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Eleanor of Castile
Isabella
Margaret of Anjou
Elizabeth of York
Philip II of Spain
Henrietta Maria
Catherine of Braganza
George of Denmark
Alexandra of Denmark
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