Monday, 14 October 2013

GIVEAWAY Can you name all the kings and queens of England?





Can you name all the kings and queens of England?

Well I can do a good few,not in all the correct orders. History was my absolute fave in school when we covered British monarchy. I avidly read fiction and factual historic royal books.

I was absolutely gutted when at school the planned history of the Tudors changed in favour of modern history and the unfolding war in Afghanistan, when Russian tanks moved in.
My lipstill curls if its mentioned.

I love now visiting the houses where kings and queens lived and just visited.Henry the Eighth,came locally to Stamford to buy his silks, Catherine of Aragon is buried in our Cathedral and poor Anne Boleyn was taken to

I can wholeheartedly agree with the author of the Little Book Of Monarchs,who wrote this as a response to the falling standards of history teaching in schoolsHe feels that less and less time is devoted to the subject and that children are often offered only two or three significant periods to study. Tony believes school children are simply not getting a proper perspective, and hopes to address this by taking the reader chronologically through the ages.

What is highly appealing about the book are the bullet points that make it easy to gain key facts that are actually quite amusing, children will love the interesting way its set out and like me, the humour. Its a snapshot of our royals!

William the 2nd ...probably gay!
Henry the Third... Kept leopards in his zoo at the Tower of London
George the Fourth..Fat,dissolute, wildly extravagant and had numerous mistresses.

I am already starting to put them in order in my head and I don't really have to.

This is a great book, easy reading and highly entertaining.

I am giving my review copy away as my two are far too old for it.If you want a chance to win, enter via the Rafflecopter,you can just follow the blog and leave a comment,if you want more entries just follow the instructions.



Naming the kings and queens of England in order and knowing a bit about what they did during their reign should be something every child should know by the time they leave school. Sadly this is not the case and there has been a call for more chronological order in history education
So how do we remember them? Funny incidents and pictures definitely help. Here at last is the perfect aide memoire, whether you are a school child or a lover of pub quizzes 

‘The Little Book of Monarchs’ is probably the most concise English history book ever published. It swiftly sorts out all those Edwards, Henrys and Georges, all the major battles, rebellions and bizarre deaths across ten turbulent centuries.
The author Tony Boullemier has vividly summed up all 42 rulers of England since 1066 and condensed each reign into five key bullet points. Every ruler is illustrated by a clever cartoon that will stick in the memory.
For younger readers, aged 10 +, The Little Book of Monarchs will provide a chronological narrative order, giving a firm foundation for future history studies. For students and older readers, it will be an indispensable reference book a short and snappy aide memoire to our bloody and glorious past. For everyone, it is our history with a smile on its face!

Suzannah Lipscomb, TV historian and author says:

 “Take Tony Boullemier's pithy, precise and lively text, add Adrian Teal's delightful and amusing cartoons, and what do you get? A wonderfully accurate and fascinating little guide to English monarchs since 1066.
It takes monumental discipline and expansive knowledge to fit each monarch into 90 words - but Tony Boullemier pulls it off with aplomb.”

David Baldwin, Medieval expert and author of Richard III, The Lost Prince and Elizabeth Woodville says:

“Original, educational and entertaining. All the history you thought you knew and some you didn’t.”


TONY BOULLEMIER was born in Newcastle in 1945 and trained there as a journalist before joining the Daily Express in 1969. He started his own newspaper group in Northampton in 1975 and sold it to an international publisher in 1988.
Married with two children, Tony lives in Northamptonshire. This is his second book; he published Leonie and the Last Napoleon with Matador in 2010.


PUBLISHED 1st October 2013
£7.99
ISBN 9781783060856
Distributor: ´Orca Book Services. Tel: 01235 465521. Email: tradeorders@orcabookservices.co.uk
BIC subject category : HBJD1  British & Irish history

Hardback 120PP 203x127 mm Portrait


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Disclosure I was given a free product. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.




72 comments:

  1. Willie, Willie, Harry, Ste
    Harry, Dick, John, Harry Three

    I'm afraid I run out of steam after that!

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  2. I was useless at History,this sounds great!

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  3. Would love this book love learning about the past kings and queens and would be great to share with my daughter

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  4. My daughter is really into all this and I know nothing so this would be great! @MummyFever

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  5. My husband would absolutely love this

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  6. Edward the Confessor was Patron Saint of England until he was dumped for George.

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  7. this would be great for me history was not my best subject

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  8. My daughter loves history, as do I. Thank goodness for Horrible Histories!

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  9. Hi and thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. I hated history my niece would love this though!

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  11. I love weird facts of History. The Victorians were very weird and used to kill ladies of the night to use them to cut open and practice o for student doctors. Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win.

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  12. I think it's interesting to think about what would have happened if things had gone a different way like the Battle of Hastings. We'd have had a completely different royal family.

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  13. The only royal fact (or myth) I know is that Henry VIII wrote greensleeves, but I think lots of people have heard that rumour!

    ~charlotte ingham

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  14. Our great grandson has just started reading and I would love for him to know all about the history of the UK royals. I find it really interesting and would like to pass that interest on.

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  15. Hi - my husband would love this book, he loves getting information in bite sized snippets like this . My Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES ;o)

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  16. My daughter would love this - we've usually got at least one Horrible History Book on the go at any one time :)

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  17. my family have just watched the white queen dvd boxset and it has sparked an interest in us all about our history. when i was at school we were taught nothing about our monachs, i remember history lessons being about 17th century farming implements. we should all know at least the basics and this book looks absoloutely brilliant. i would love to win it but if i dont i might just buy it anyway.

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  18. My eldest absolutley loves history and reads it with a passion. Um joke about royalties .. no... I could sing the Henry song from HH.
    BNM/Ffion Hoare

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  19. I loved history in school and it was one of my best subjects. However I was disappointed we did all about China in my GCSE's I wanted to learn more about Britain's illustrious past, not another countries! I was also disappointed we didn't do anything on WWII as I think that's important to learn (my son is currently learning all about it in year 6) however we did learn some Welsh history (I live in Wales) and the history of the police force

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  20. Awesome prize! My family would love it

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  21. I can't name them but my daughter can which always puts me to shame!

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  22. Richard III is my favourite monarch. Poor chap.

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  23. FACT: Silver Cross have been supplying prams for royal babies since 1926, when the Queen was born. The supplier, which has since been given royal approval, has also provided prams for the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Its latest pram, the Silver Cross Surf, Aston Martin Edition, is being sold for £2,000.

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  24. I love History and Im sure my kids will enjoy the book. x

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  25. I can't name many, kids show me up

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  26. Lady Jane Grey was the shortest reigning monarch of all time - just 7 days!

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  27. hi :) this sounds like a great book :)

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  28. my daughter loves the royals this is fab x

    kay panayi

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  29. I would love this for me & my son. I love history & have a pretty good overview of English history & would like my son to do so as well.

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  30. I'm really interested in history but when it comes to monarchs I am completely lost! I'd love to win this for both me and my little boy to learn a bit more :)

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  31. would love to win this for my kids

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  32. I do like the classic joke on the cover

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  33. I always get confused about who is who so when my kids ask me I have a blank. There are too many people with the same names ! I can remember the fates of Henry the 8ths wives. Divorced, beheaded died, divorced, beheaded survived. Can't remember their names in order though

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  34. Henry I had the most illegitimate children. (21!)

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  35. Richard III didn't really do all those nasty things he was supposed to have done, like lock the two princes up in the Tower of London and drown his brother, it was all Tudor propaganda (well, according to a Horrible Histories song anyway!)

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  36. I loved history at school, and this book sounds great.

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  37. I work in a school library. One of the pupils recently told me that Queen Elizabeth 1st was married to Prince Phillip of Spain. When I explained that Elizabeth the 1st wasn't married (Virgin Queen) the pupil told me that Wikipedia said she was so it must be right! I think we need more monarch books in the library :)

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  38. George V had a large red and blue tattoo of a dragon on his right arm.

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  39. Horrible Histories on tv did a fantastic song about the monarchs of England.

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  40. my kids wwould deffo love this!!

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  41. Aparently, when Prince Charles becomes King he will be able to choose his name. He could aparently be King George (as George is one of his middle names) before his grandson will!

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  42. this would be great for me history was not my best subject @leabana1

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  43. Its thought Richard II was responsible for introducing the hankercheif to England, (wonder which king introduced the shirt cuff, the traditional English method of wiping noses in childhood lol )

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  44. I think my yd would love this book. She really likes having reference books to help her with her homework, and also reading fact books for fun :)

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  45. this would come in handy for the History projects xx

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  46. A fab book that my granddaughter would love, shes very interested in history.

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  47. Would my child love this? I guess so, but I would love it even more ;)

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  48. My daughter would love this, she is fascinated by history and loves visiting Warwick Castle and the Shakespeare Houses and loves reading

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  49. this looks like something we'd all read

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  50. Did Tudors and Stuarts when I was at school but this would be great for learning about the rest.

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  51. I'm rubbish with my British history. I can name tons of monarch but I couldn't tell you who was who or what they did. This would be a great reminder! xx

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  52. i cant give a witty comment about the monarchy as just dont know enough about them so this will have to do! :)

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  53. My little girl is fascinated by history and the royal family! She would love this x

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  54. I am useless at history I need this more than my kids x

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  55. It would be good to teach my 6 year old a it about history

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  56. My son is fascinated by past Kings, would be great for him

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  57. my son loves history so he would love this

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  58. We would love this, we are big into Kings and Queens especially King Richard III

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  59. we just went to hollyrood palace and my partner moaned the whole way round

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