Monarchy: England and her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors
Registered by stephjb of Torquay, Devon United Kingdom on 5/26/2014
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Originally bought new from Waterstones 2007.
I remember reading Monarchy when it first was published and it is cram packed with information. However, there is so much that this second reading seven years later felt like a new book! I like David Starkey's writing style which is often drily humorous. Having recently also read his book solely about Elizabeth I, much of the early section was familiar. However, he gives plenty of space to the shorter reigned monarchs and I was very interested in how much of the 'divine' hereditary succession was actually the result of political wrangling behind the scenes. The seemingly incessant violent disputes between the opposing Christian factions of Catholics and Protestants was in some respects hard to fathom - they're all supposed to be the same overall faith aren't they?! As non-fiction books of this topic go, Monarchy is far more accessible than many and, as an overview or to inspire more in depth study, I'd recommend the read.
Journal Entry 3 by stephjb at Wealden District Council Refectory in Hailsham, East Sussex United Kingdom on Friday, June 06, 2014
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