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Queen Elizabeth II For Dummies

Published 04-19-2022

The longest-reigning monarch in European history!

If the news about Harry, William, Kate, Meghan, and the rest of the British royals has you wondering about how this latest generation of princes, princesses, dukes, and duchesses got their start, you’re not alone. Queen Elizabeth II For Dummies takes you on a fascinating journey through the life of Great Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

You’ll find revealing stories about Queen Elizabeth II’s family background, her childhood, early ascension to the throne, and her role during times of national crisis and triumph. The book combines must-know facts about the monarchy with details of the remarkable woman who has held the crown for over 68 years (and counting). You’ll also read about:

  • Where shows like The Crown stay true-to-life and where they take artistic liberties with historical fact
  • Queen Elizabeth II’s relationship with Prince Charles, the late Prince Phillip, Princess Diana, and the thousands of famous figures she has encountered during her reign
  • The subtle and at times controversial role of a hereditary Head of State in a democracy

Perfect for anyone with an interest in the monarchy, British governance, power and society, leadership, or the resurgence of the British monarchy in popular culture, Queen Elizabeth II For Dummies is a cracking read full of trivia, secrets, and history that puts one of the most central figures of the 20th and 21st centuries in the palm of your hand.

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British History For Dummies

Published 03-14-2011

Royally confused about kings and queens? Never sure what happened when? Or where — England, Scotland, Ireland, or Wales? Learn the people and events that shaped British history 

British History For Dummies, 3rd Edition is full of rip-roaring stories of power-mad kings, executions, invasions, high treason, global empire building, and forbidden love — not bad for a nation of stiff upper lips. Engaged travelers, lifelong learners, history buffs, and students will all enjoy this friendly and accessible guide written in, well, plain English. This book is for you if you studied British History in school (perhaps a while ago) or learned only a bit about Wales or Scotland or Ireland and want to know more. And if you’ve ever asked yourself, “What kingdoms are part of the United Kingdom?” or “Exactly how was the UK formed?” or “Which people make up the UK?” — you’ve come to the right place, to get those answers and so much more.  

With an 8-page color insert so you can see who, what, and where the ensuing historical action takes place, you’ll learn about the following people and events (and more): 

  • What led to the Roman invasion and about the Britons who resisted it 

  • How Britain was divided into Saxon and Celtic kingdoms 

  • How the Roman Church converted Celtic and British Christians 

  • When the Vikings arrived, and what other invaders followed 

  • The many battles of Henry II 

  • The forming of England’s parliament 

  • How the Black Death affected Britain 

  • The Tudors vs. The Stuarts 

  • How the Industrial Revolution helped push advancements in farming and infrastructure 

  • All about the Victorians – everyone’s favorite 

  • Britain’s involvement in the Great War and World War II 

Additionally, this edition is revised and expanded to include the historical parliamentary elections of 2010 and the British mission in Afghanistan, and you don’t want to miss out. Pick up your copy of British History For Dummies, 3rd Edition today. 

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The Tudors For Dummies

Published 12-28-2010

This entertaining guide covers the period from 1485 to 1603, exploring the life and times of everyday people (from famine and the flu epidemic, to education, witchcraft and William Shakespeare) as well as the intrigues and scandals at court. Strap yourself in and get ready for a rollercoaster ride through the romantic and political liaisons of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I - and that's not all! Information on surviving Tudor buildings, such as Hampton Court, adds a contemporary twist for readers wanting to bring history to life by visiting these historic sites.

The Tudors For Dummies includes:

Part I:  The Early Tudors
Chapter 1:  Getting to Know the Tudors
Chapter 2:  Surveying the Mess the Tudors Inherited     
Chapter 3:  Cosying Up With the First Tudor 

Part II:  Henry VIII
Chapter 4:  What was Henry like?
Chapter 5:  How Henry Ran his Kingdom
Chapter 6:  Divorced, Beheaded, Died; Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: The Perils of Marrying Henry
Chapter 7:  Establishing a New Church: Henry and Religion

Part III: Edward VI, Mary and Philip, and Queen Mary
Chapter 8: Edward, the Child King
Chapter 9: Establishing Protestantism
Chapter 10: Northumberland, Lady Jane Grey and the Rise of Mary
Chapter 11: What Mary Did
Chapter 12: Weighing Up War and Disillusionment

Part IV: The First Elizabeth
Chapter 13: The Queen and her Team
Chapter 14: Breaking Dinner Party Rules: Discussing Religion and Politics
Chapter 15: Tackling Battles, Plots and Revolts
Chapter 16: Making War with Spain
Chapter 17: Understanding the Trouble in Ireland
Chapter 18: Passing on the Baton - Moving from Tudors to Stewarts

Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 19: Ten top Tudor Dates
Chapter 20: Ten Things the Tudors Did For Us
Chapter 21: Ten (Mostly) Surviving Tudor Buildings

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British Military History For Dummies

Published 04-30-2007

A plain-English guide to Britons in battle, from the Roman invasion to the ongoing Iraqi war

Charging through the Britain's military past, this accessible guide brings to life the battles and wars that shaped the history of Britain-and the world. The book profiles commanders, explains strategies and tactics, and covers key developments in weaponry and technology.

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