Historical Dictionary of the British Monarchy
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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Aethelred Aethelred the Unready Anglo-Saxon Anjou Anne army Battle born British brother buried Catherine Charles child Church COUNTESS crown Date of accession Date of birth Date of coronation Date of death Date of marriage died duchess duke of York Dunfermline Abbey earl Edmund Edward III eldest Eleanor England English father France George’s Chapel Gloucester Harthacanute heir Henry VI Henry’s House husband Isabella James VII James’s Palace Joan John July June King Edward King George king’s kingdom later King London Malcolm Margaret marriage married Mary Mary of Teck Matilda monarch mother nobles Normandy November Parents parliament Place of birth Place of burial Place of coronation Place of death PLANTAGENET prince of Wales princess royal queen consort Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth II reign Relationship to predecessor Relationship to successor Richard royal family Scotland Scottish sovereign STEWART Stuart succeeded throne Tudor unknown Victoria wedding Wessex Westminster Abbey wife William Windsor Castle