Royal Panoply

Brief Lives of the English Monarchs

Carolly Erickson

St. Martin's Press

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From medieval conqueror to Renaissance autocrat to Victorian Empress to modern melodrama, Royal Panoply is the story of some of the most fascinating people in world history.

With her trademark blend of probing scholarship, lively prose, and psychological insight, Carolly Erickson focuses on each monarch’s entire life---from the puny, socially awkward Charles I, to the choleric, violent William the Conqueror, to the well-meaning, deeply affectionate Queen Anne, who was so heavy she had to be carried to her coronation. Royal Panoply recaptures the event-filled, often dangerous, always engaging lives of England’s kings and queens, set against the backdrop of a thousand years of Britain’s past.

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Chapter One 
William I
 
(1066–1087)
 
“He was a very stern and violent man,
so that no one dared to do anything contrary to his will.”
 
—Anglo-Saxon chronicle
 
It was a miracle that William survived his childhood. Born in 1028, the natural son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, young William was left fatherless at age seven when Robert died while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
 
Eleventh-century Normandy was a savagely turbulent society, in which aggressive and unruly landowners struggled endlessly for preeminence, under the overlordship

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“From William of Normandy, who seized the English throne in 1066 and became the formidably galvanizing William I, to the remote Elizabeth II, Erickson covers centuries of British monarchy in knowledgeable . . . biographies. [A]n accessible source for readers who can’t get enough of kings and queens.” ---Kirkus Reviews

 

“An entertaining history of English rulers from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II that proves why this rather old-fashioned genre is still popular. Erickson devotes about ten pages to each monarch---as much to Queen Anne as to Queen Victoria . . . fascinating.” ---Publishers Weekly

 

“Carolly Erickson brings [an] immediacy and easy intimacy to her study.” ---Los Angeles Times Book Review on To the Scaffold

 

“Carolly Erickson tells [this story] with all the flair it deserves. . . . Exquisite writing.” ---Houston Chronicle on Josephine

 


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Carolly Erickson

Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of The First Elizabeth, Great Catherine, Alexandra, and a dozen other prize-winning biographies. She lives in Hawaii.

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Royal Panoply
Brief Lives of the English Monarchs
Carolly Erickson

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429904049
ISBN10: 1429904046
368 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312316440
ISBN10: 0312316445
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Includes sixteen pages of color photographs
$20.99
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