2010 NF Release: Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy by David Starkey

Only a UK release date so far, but I'll keep my eye out if they announce a US one.  It looks awesome and if you're really itching to read it, you should check out The Book Depository has free international shipping.

by David Starkey

UK Release Date:  September 30, 2010

SYNOPSIS: From one of our finest historians comes an outstanding exploration of the British monarchy from the retreat of the Romans up until the modern day. This compendium volume of two earlier books is fully revised and updated.

The monarchy is one of Britain’s longest surviving institutions – as well as one of its most tumultuous and revered. In this masterful book, David Starkey looks at the monarchy as a whole, charting its history from Roman times, to the Wars of the Roses, the chaos of the Civil War, the fall of Charles I and Cromwell's emergence as Lord Protector – all the way up until the Victorian era when Britain’s monarchs came face-to-face with modernity.

This brilliant collection of biographies of Britain’s kings and queens provides an in-depth examination of what the British monarchy has meant, what it means now and what it will continue to mean. Bringing to life a cast of colourful characters, Starkey’s trademark energy and authority make him the perfect guide on this epic, accessible and compelling journey, as he offers us a vivid portrait of British culture, politics and nationhood through an institution that has defined the realm for nearly two thousand years.



  1. This looks like a book I must read! Thank you for letting us know!

  2. He has such an easy writing style.

  3. Have you read this one? I wasn't sure if you had, or were announcing the release...it looks great :)
    I am also curious about the House of Treason...I may have to stop visiting your blog for a while as my TBR pile multiplies exponentially after a visit :)

  4. Oops, forgot to add, thanks for becoming a follower of my blog :)

  5. Oooh! Sounds great! I still have THE TIME TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO MEDIEVAL ENGLAND on my shelf for review (well, not literally on the shelf...most of my books are still in boxes until the new shelves from IKEA arrive!). I read a review of it recently and it reminded me that I really have to give it a try. Despite being from two completely different authors, it sounds similar to this one, no? Even the covers look somewhat alike. But you know how I feel about David Starkey :) so I will definitely be checking this one out!

  6. This looks like a great resource. Not one I'd sit down and read cover to cover, but something I'll like to look though and read bits of every so often.

  7. I think this is something I should have and read before delving into English historical fiction. It is frequently necessary to have a "scorecard" to keep up with it all.


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