Historical Dictionary of the British Monarchy

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Scarecrow Press, Feb 24, 2011 - History - 722 pages
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The monarch is the United Kingdom's head of state, exercising powers that are circumscribed by common law, convention, and statute law. Nowadays, many of the sovereign's functions are ceremonial but in the past the balance between ceremony and decision-making was very different. The foundations of the modern monarchy were laid more than a millennium ago, in Anglo-Saxon and Celtic Britain, so its modern form is a stage in an evolution that has been shaped by attitudes towards divorce, the changing role of women, the democratization of society, dynastic intermarriage, financial demands, religious convictions, struggles for economic and political power, and territorial aggrandizement.

Covering some of the most famous figures in world history, including William the Conqueror, Henry VIII, and Queens Victoria, Elizabeth I, and Elizabeth II, the Historical Dictionary of the British Monarchy provides a chronology starting with the year 495 and continuing to the present day, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, places, events, institutions, and other aspects of British culture, society, economy, and politics. This book is a must for anyone interested in the British monarchy.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
A
15
B
63
C
81
D
119
E
135
F
195
G
205
P
367
Q
385
R
389
S
419
T
471
U
485
V
489
W
497

H
227
I
261
J
267
K
289
L
295
M
309
N
353
O
359
Photospread
366
Y
529
Chronology of British Monarchs
531
British Monarchs Biographical Summaries
537
Royal Consorts Biographical Summaries
559
The Line of Succession to the British Throne
577
Genealogies of Britains Monarchs
579
Bibliography
589
About the Author
665
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Kenneth J. Panton is professor emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was dean of the Honors College. His publications include Historical Dictionary of the United Kingdom (co-authored with Keith A. Cowlard), the Historical Dictionary of London and, most recently and again with Keith Cowlard, the Historical Dictionary of the Contemporary United Kingdom.

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