Catalogue


Monarchy : from the Middle Ages to modernity /
David Starkey.
imprint
London : HarperPress, c2006.
description
xxix, 319 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0007247508 (hbk.), 9780007247509 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
London : HarperPress, c2006.
isbn
0007247508 (hbk.)
9780007247509 (hbk.)
general note
Includes index.
TV tie-in.
catalogue key
6138581
A Look Inside
Reviews
Review Quotes
Praise for 'Elizabeth': 'Fresh and lively...vividly told...He sets before us not only the woman behind the throne but the girl behind the woman.' Sunday Times 'Subtle analysis, up-to-date research and balance between speculation and fact. An Elizabeth for our times.' Independent 'What a page turner! A white knuckle ride through history...inspired research, from the clues embedded in the portraits to court ceremonial to the often circumlocutory letters.' Time Out 'I found myself compelled by David Starkey's vivid recreation of the hazardous uncertainty of Elizabeth's early life, her successive exclusions from the centre of power, the studiedly ambiguous answers she offered her interrogators, her inevitable implications in conspiracies and narrow escapes from execution.' Times Literary Supplement 'Combines a relaxed and unfussy style with a thorough knowledge of the period and a sharp eye for detail. Elizabeth's life makes for a compelling story and Starkey tells it well.' Spectator
Praise for Elizabeth: 'Fresh and lively...vivdly told...He sets before us not only the woman behind the throne but the girl behind the woman' Sunday Times 'What a page turner! A white knuckle ride through history...inspired research, from the clues embedded in the portraits to court ceremonial to the often circumlocutory letters' Time Out 'I found myself compelled by David Starkey's vivid recreation of the hazardous uncertainty of Elizabeth's early life, her successive exclusions from the centre of power, the studiedly ambiguous answers she offered her interrogators, her inevitable implications in conspiracies and narrow escapes from execution' TLS 'Combines a relaxed and unfussy style with a thorough knowledge of the period and a sharp eye for detail. Elizabeth's life makes for a compelling story and Starkey tells it well' Spectator 'Subtle analysis, up-to-date research and balance between speculation and fact. An Elizabeth for our times' Independent
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Summaries
Main Description
David Starkey's magisterial new book Monarchy charts the rise of the British crown from the insurgency of the War of the Roses, through the glory and dangers of the Tudors, to the insolvency of the Stuarts and chaos of the English Civil War, the execution of Charles I, the rule of a commoner who was 'king in all but name', the importing of a German dynasty, and the coming-to-terms with modernity under the wise guidance of another German, Victoria's Prince Consort Albert. An epilogue brings to story up to the present and asks questions about the future. The crown of England is the oldest surviving political institution in Europe. And yet, throughout this book Starkey emphasises the Crown's endless capacity to reinvent itself to circumstances and reshape national polity whilst he unmasks the personalities and achievements, the defeats and victories, which lie behind the kings and queens of British history. Each of these monarchs has contributed, in their own way, to the religion, geography, laws, language and government that we currently live with today. In this book, Starkey demonstrates exactly how these states were arrived at, how these monarchs subtly influenced each other, which battles were won and why, whose whim or failure caused religious tradition to wither or flourish, and which monarchs, through their acumen and strength or single minded determination came to enforce the laws of England. With his customary authority and verve, David Starkey reignites these personalities to produce an entertaining and masterful account of these figures whose many victories and failures are the building blocks upon which Britain today is built. Far more than a biography of kings and queens, Monarchy is a radical reappraisal of British nationhood, culture and politics, shown through the most central institution in British life.
Long Description
To coincide with the Channel 4 series to be aired over at the end of this year, David Starkey's Monarchy charts the rise the history of the British monarchy from the War of the Roses, The English Civil War, the Georgians right up until the present day monarchs in the 20th Century. The crown of England is the oldest surviving political institution in Europe. In Britain itself, the relationship between monarchy and people created the English national identity and shaped Scotland and Wales. With characteristic authority and verve, David Starkey unmasks the personalities and achievements that lie behind the infamous War of the Roses, which, for its feuds and the casualties it left amongst the nobility, seriously decreased English influence on the continent. He explores the Tudor dynasty (1485 - 1603) and the reigns of five of its monarchs, (Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Mary I, and Elizabeth I), who ruled over England and Ireland, both of them catholic, until the reformation of the 1530s. The Stuarts (1603- 1714) included James I, Charles I, Charles II, James II, William III and Mary II and Anne. After a republican Commonwealth, Oliver Cromwell ruled as Lord Protector and as 'king in all but name'. During this time, the English Civil War struck - royalists, supporters of Charles I, and parliamentarians waged long and bloody battles and numerous Protestant sects arose across Britain for the first time. The Georgian period between 1714 and 1830, between the accession of George I and the death of George IV, included the madness of George III. The longest reigning monarch in the Britain - Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901) ruled for just over sixty years, and finally came the present day monarch Elizabeth II who currently reigns over sixteen independent nations. In this entertaining and exhaustive history, David Starkey, navigates the reader through the rich tapestry that has made up the greatest kings and queens that have ruled Britain over the centuries - their wars, struggles, shifts in religious faiths, victories and defeats that, crucially, have come to form the country that, in its various divisions and governments, we recognise today.
Long Description
To coincide with the Channel 4 series to be aired at the end of this year David Starkey's 'Monarchy' charts the rise of the British monarchy from the War of the Roses, the English Civil War and the Georgians, right up until the present day monarchs of the 20th Century. The crown of England is the oldest surviving political institution in Europe. In Britain itself, the relationship between monarchy and people created the English national identity and shaped Scotland and Wales. With both authority and verve, David Starkey unmasks the personalities and achievements, the defeats and victories, that lie behind the monarchs that form the backbone of British history the infamous War of the Roses the Tudors (1485-1603) and the reigns of its five monarchs who ruled over England and Ireland until the reformation of the 1530s The Stuarts (1603-1714) included James I (and the famous gunpowder plot) and Oliver Cromwell, a non monarch, who for the first time, ruled as Lord Protector and as 'king in all but name'. This was also the time that the English Civil War struck royalist supporters of Charles I and parliamentarians waged long and bloody battles spawning numerous Protestant sects across Britain. Starkey goes on to look at the Georgians, a dynasty that began with the accession of George I and ended with the death of George IV and in between witnessed the madness of George III, and of course the indestructible rise of the Napoleonic era. Then came Queen Victoria (1837-1901), the longest reigning monarch in British history; and finally, our present day Queen: Elizabeth II who today reigns over sixteen independent nations. More than just a biography of kings and queens 'Monarchy' is a radical reappraisal of English nationhood, culture and politics, shown through the most central institution in English life. David Starkey reignites these personalities with characteristic insight and perceptiveness to produce an entertaining and masterful picture of these figures whose many victories and failures are the building blocks upon which the England of today is built on.
Long Description
To coincide with the Channel 4 series to be aired at the end of this year - David Starkey's 'Monarchy' charts the rise of the British monarchy from the War of the Roses, the English Civil War and the Georgians, right up until the present day monarchs of the 20th Century. The crown of England is the oldest surviving political institution in Europe. In Britain itself, the relationship between monarchy and people created the English national identity and shaped Scotland and Wales. With both authority and verve, David Starkey unmasks the personalities and achievements, the defeats and victories, that lie behind the monarchs that form the backbone of British history - the infamous War of the Roses - the Tudors (1485-1603) and the reigns of its five monarchs who ruled over England and Ireland until the reformation of the 1530s - The Stuarts (1603-1714) included James I (and the famous gunpowder plot) and Oliver Cromwell, a non monarch, who for the first time, ruled as Lord Protector and as 'king in all but name'. This was also the time that the English Civil War struck - royalist supporters of Charles I and parliamentarians waged long and bloody battles spawning numerous Protestant sects across Britain. Starkey goes on to look at the Georgians, a dynasty that began with the accession of George I and ended with the death of George IV and in between witnessed the madness of George III, and of course the indestructible rise of the Napoleonic era. Then came Queen Victoria (1837-1901), the longest reigning monarch in British history; and finally, our present day Queen: Elizabeth II who today reigns over sixteen independent nations. More than just a biography of kings and queens - 'Monarchy' is a radical reappraisal of English nationhood, culture and politics, shown through the most central institution in English life. David Starkey reignites these personalities with characteristic insight and perceptiveness to produce an entertaining and masterful picture of these figures whose many victories and failures are the building blocks upon which the England of today is built on.
Long Description
To coincide with the Channel 4 series (2 and 3) to be aired over at the end of this year, David Starkey's Monarchy charts the rise the history of the British monarchy from the War of the Roses, The English Civil War, the Georgians right up until the present day monarchs in the 20th Century. The crown of England is the oldest surviving political institution in Europe. In Britain itself, the relationship between monarchy and people created the English national identity and shaped Scotland and Wales. With characteristic authority and verve, David Starkey unmasks the personalities and achievements that lie behind the infamous War of the Roses, which, for its feuds and the casualties it left amongst the nobility, seriously decreased English influence on the continent. He explores the Tudor dynasty (1485 - 1603) and the reigns of five of its monarchs, (Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Mary I, and Elizabeth I), who ruled over England and Ireland, both of them catholic, until the reformation of the 1530s. The Stuarts (1603- 1714) included James I, Charles I, Charles II, James II, William III and Mary II and Anne. After a republican Commonwealth, Oliver Cromwell ruled as Lord Protector and as 'king in everything but name'. During this time, the English Civil War struck - royalists, supporters of Charles I, and parliamentarians waged long and bloody battles and numerous Protestant sects arose across Britain for the first time. The Georgian period between 1714 and 1830, between the accession of George I and the death of George IV, included the madness of George III. The longest reigning monarch in the Britain - Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901) ruled for just over sixty years, and finally came the present day monarch Elizabeth II who currently reigns over sixteen independent nations. In this entertaining and exhaustive history, David Starkey, navigates the reader through the rich tapestry that has made up the greatest kings and queens that have ruled Britain over the centuries - their wars, struggles, shifts in religious faiths, victories and defeats that, crucially, have come to form the country that, in its various divisions and governments, we recognise today.
Bowker Data Service Summary
David Starkey charts the rise of the British monarchy, from the War of the Rose, The English Civil War, the Georgians, right up until the monarchs in the 20th century.
Bowker Data Service Summary
David Starkey charts the rise of the British monarchy, from the Wars of the Roses through the English Civil War, the Georgians, right up to the monarchs of the 20th century.

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