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A New History of the British Monarchy, from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II
On the eve of Queen Elizabeth II’s historic 70th anniversary on the throne, Tracy Borman’s sweeping narrative of the British monarchy illuminates one of history’s most iconic and enduring legacies. Since William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy, crossed the English Channel in 1066 to defeat King Harold II and unite England’s various kingdoms, forty-one kings and queens have sat on Britain’s throne: “shining examples of royal power and majesty alongside a rogue’s gallery of weak, lazy, or evil monarchs,” as Tracy Borman evocatively describes them in her sparkling chronicle, Crown & Sceptre. Ironically, during very few of these 955 years has the throne’s occupant been unambiguously English―the Norman French...
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (February 22, 2022)  Pages: 576 pages  ISBN-10: 0802159109  ISBN-13: 978-0802159106  ASIN:

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Tracy Borman is England’s joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust. She is the author of many highly acclaimed books, including Henry VIII and the Men Who Made HimThe Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest DynastyThomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful ServantQueen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William IElizabeth’s Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin QueenWitches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seduction; as well as the trilogy of novels The King’s WitchThe Devil’s Slave, and The Fallen Angel. Borman is also a regular broadcaster and accomplished public speaker.

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