Lost Heirs of the Medieval Crown: The Kings and Queens Who Never Were

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As we all know, history is written by the victors, and it can be difficult to determine “the other side of the story.” But the stories of the might-have-beens are fascinating and well worth searching out, as is brilliantly illustrated in this volume of little-known history by author J.F. Andrews.

The book tells the stories of ten of England’s rulers, and those who lost their regency for one reason or another, from tragic accidents (like the sinking of the White Ship, resulting in the drowning of England’s heir-apparent) to treasonous uncles (King John, anyone?) and everything in between.

This exploration between the lines of your standard English history text provides you with a much greater understanding of how and why English history unfolded and developed as it has – and it’s a great read, too. Andrews’ writing is brisk and wry, frequently sardonic, as he exposes the foibles and follies of those nobles whose unfortunate choices had an even more unfortunate effect on the innocent citizens of the kingdom they ran (sometimes into the ground).

Although we can’t change history, we can at least try to understand it; this book makes sure we will have a lot of fun along the way.

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Author J F Andrews
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 224 pages
Publisher Pen and Sword History
Publish Date 2020-01-10
ISBN 9781526736512
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Issue May 2020
Category History


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