Crown and Country: A History of England Through the Monarchy by David StarkeyThe book describes itself as a history of England through the monarchy and it did that job admirably. Starkey takes us right back to the origins of the monarchy at the fall of the Roman Empire right through all the early warlords and kings, through the Battle of Hastings and the struggle of various monarchs to obtain and hold power, right up to the present day.
The chances are that if you want to read this book you will have some knowledge on some areas of the history it covers. But equally likely is the fact that you probably dont know much about other periods of history- I suspect many people knew almost nothing about the pre-1066 monarchs before reading this book. Starkey manages to write the book in a clever way, telling the basics of the story without going too deep into it. This way you learn loads about periods you knew nothing about but dont get bored by the periods you do know about.
The book is not too bad at doing proper history. It would be totally wrong if Starkey simply told the story with no consideration for where the story came from. He regularly uses contemporary sources, or the nearest there is, and quotes from them, especially in the earlier portions of the book. Where there are several conflicting stories he discusses which seems more likely and happily questions things that are probably not true. There are plenty of little stories which are believed to be true but simply arent and Starkey addresses this throughout the book.
If I had any criticisms, it would be the way the chapters are set out. The chapters are long and usually focus on a few monarchs at a time. Personally I would have preferred if the author had given every monarch its own chapter. That way there would still be a few longer chapters but there would be lots of shorter ones too which would make the book a bit more readable. Although enjoyable, at 500 pages its a long slog with the enormous chapters it has. Dont be put off by the length though because when you consider the book contains 2000 years worth of history youre lucky that it is only 500 pages.
An enjoyable history book which tells the story of the monarchy at a fairly basic level. I really felt it got the balance of detail and storytelling spot-on so Id recommend this to anyone who wants to expand their historical knowledge.
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List of current monarchies
A monarchy is a form of government in which there is one ruler who oversees the success, events, and decisions of a given nation. The definition that Merriam-Webster provides for a monarchy is broken down into three separate definitions, including Essentially, in short, monarchies are systems of government that entail there is one leader, which is easy to remember if you keep in mind that mono means one. There is always one ruler who is at the very top of the governing pyramid, if you will. Though the most common way of choosing who will lead a nation is through an election that the people of the country take part in, elections are not the only method of picking a monarch. Some countries have monarchies that stay within one family's name, so the only way to become the monarch of said nation is if you are part of the family and you inherit the position at some point in your life.
When thinking about modern kings and queens, Elizabeth II is the first that comes to mind. But the longest-reigning monarch is hardly the only one out there in the world—in fact, there are 29 modern monarchies, reigning over 40 countries. Some, like King Salam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud rule absolutely, while others, such as King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, serve more as ambassadors for their country's governments. Others still aren't even kings or queens, but rather princes reigning over principalities, like Albert II of Monaco or grand dukes over dukedoms, like the one in Luxembourg. He serves as the head of a grouping of monarchies, and while he is technically reelected once every five years, the ruler of Abu Dhabi traditionally holds the position, making it somewhat hereditary. See more of his family here. In addition to being the president of france, Macron is the co-Prince of Andorra, a square mile Catalan-speaking region in the Pyrenees.
This is a list of current monarchies. As of [update] , there are 44 sovereign states in the world with a monarch as Head of state. Some of the extant sovereign monarchies have lines of succession that go back to the medieval period or antiquity:. In English ; Kingdom of Lesotho. In West Frisian ; Keninkryk fan de Nederlannen.
Nations across the world have a wide variety of royal rule, with leaders occupying roles Many countries still feature some form of monarchy.
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The leader who is at the head of the monarchy is called a monarch. - For the first time in nearly 70 years, Thailand is crowning a new king. On Saturday he was officially installed as king as part of a three-day ceremony drawing on Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
Sometimes, this term may also be used to describe immediate and extended family. Traditionally, the royal family includes the spouse of the reigning monarch, surviving spouses of deceased monarchs, children, grandchildren, siblings, and paternal cousins. Spouses of all immediate family members are also included in the royal family. Great grandchildren and other descendants may also be considered part of the royal family. Throughout the world, many countries have a monarch, and this monarch has relatives known as the royal family.