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Gimson's Kings and Queens


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A short, lively and informative survey of the forty kings and queens of England, from the heroic to the hopeless and from William the Conqueror to the present, illustrated by Martin Rowson

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Andrew Gimson is the author of Boris- The Rise of Boris Johnson, published by Simon & Schuster in 2006 and described as 'brilliant?, 'scintillating? and 'an effervescent delight?. He writes for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, and is a contributing editor to He lives in London.


"This is the stuff of history lessons long ago, and long forgotten by most of us. Essentially Horrible Histories for grown-ups, splendidly enhanced by Martin Rowson's typically scabrous portraits" -- Marcus Berkmann * Spectator *
"What is most valuable is the way this turns out to be the neatest and most revealing way to tell the story of this country. The chapter on Henry VIII, for example, is a masterpiece of vivid narrative, which somehow manages to dramatise, in ten pages, so many factors about why we are who we are" -- Charles Moore, author of Margaret Thatcher * Telegraph *
"Gimson's Kings and Queens is unfailingly entertaining and frequently moving. In addition, the monarchs are wonderfully caricatured in all their sneers and jowls by political cartoonist Martin Rowson" -- Suzi Feay * London Magazine *
"The most entertaining and instructive book on the English monarchy you will ever read" * Daily Telegraph *
"[An] entertaining romp through England's monarchs... an amusing, quirky reminder of what older generations were taught at school. Gimson's Kings and Queens is the natural successor to Sellar and Yeatman's 1930 classic, 1066 and All That" -- Tim Bouverie * Sunday Telegraph *

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