Read of the saintly Edward the Confessor, who is believed to have refused to consummate his marriage; William the Conqueror, bastard son of Robert the Devil, who tricked Harold into making a solemn oath; Richard the Lionheart, killed by an arrow, and the cruel fate that befell the archer who caused the death; Henry VIII, given to beheading those who displease him; the 'little gentleman in black velvet', who caused the death of William II; Queen Victoria's strange servant, the 'Munshi'; Queen Emma, who endured a trial by ordeal; and Anne Boleyn, widely suspected of being a witch.
A complete list of the monarchs' reigns and a genealogical table showing the royal descent down thirty seven generations from Egbert to Elizabeth II add to the volume's reference value. This new edition has been full revised and updates and contains even more bastards and unknown facts than ever before.
Contents:Preface1. The Distant Past: Romans to Saxons2. Nine Dynasties of English Monarchy3. Kings and Reigning Queens of England4. Queens and Consorts5. Royal Bones6. Royal Mistresses and BastardsAppendix: The Succession of the English MonarchyFurther ReadingIndex