middle aged female wrote:April St.Clair wrote:Brotha got me "The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Royal Britain" by Charles Phillips for Christmas. It doesn't go as far back as my other book "British Kings and Queens" by Mike Ashley; however, Phillips goes more into the personal details and traits of the Kings and Queens than Ashley does. Phillips also includes the various castles that Kings and Queens grew up in and personal favorite retreats of said monarchy. As a person who has never been to England, it's a treat.
Have you read Antonia Fraser's "Kings and Queens Of England" or her "Six Wives of King Henry the Eighth"? Those are two of my favorite references for the British monarchy. I just got done watching the first two seasons of Monarchy with David Starkey. I took me up through Cromwell and then I realized Netflix didn't have season three. It's a good thing I know how it ends.
No, I haven't read those books. I try not to watch series based on Royalty either (The Tudors, Reign) because I get disappointed with the lack of proper details (Henry VIII was tall and had red hair, Mary Queen of Scots had nothing to do with Francis' death from a septic ear infection and she was barely a teen when she was married to him).
I find it strange that William I oldest son Robert of Normandy was denied the English thrown twice in his lifetime by his two younger brothers. How different history would have been had he ruled instead? Maybe it wouldn't have been that different since William II death was probably handed out by the youngest and ambitious son Henry I.