Sunday, December 29, 2013

Perpetual Challenge: Kings and Queens

image is book cover I found at B&N
This is not an "official" challenge I'm participating in. It's a project of my own. The goal: to read at least one book per "king" or "queen" of England. Fiction or nonfiction. Books covering multiple kings and/or queens count as well. As do general "history of England" or "history of Britain" books. But listed separately.

For a listing of earlier kings see here and here. I am listing the years of their reigns--not their birth/death dates. Perhaps of interest: a list of English consorts. I'll be updating this list with links as time permits!

William I (William the Conqueror), 1066-1087
  • The Bastard King. Jean Plaidy. 1974. Fawcett Crest. 320 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  • The Norman Conquest. Janice Hamilton. 2007. Twenty-First Century Books. 160 pages. [Source: Library] 
William II (William Rufus) 1087-1100
Henry I (Henry Beauclerc) 1100-1135
Stephen (Stephen of Blois) 1135-1154
Henry II (Henry Curtmantle) 1154-1189
Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) 1189-1199
John (John Lackland or Jean sans Terre) 1199-1216
Henry III (Henry of Winchester) 1216-1272
Edward I (Longshanks) 1272-1307
Edward II (Edward of Caernarfon) 1307-1327
  • The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham. 2009. Sourcebooks. 500 pages. *might cover more than one Edward, I believe it does.
Edward III (1327-1377)
Richard II (1377-1399)
Henry IV (Bolinbroke) 1399-1413
Henry V 1413-1422
Henry VI 1422-1461; 1470-1471
Edward IV 1461-1470; 1471-1483
Edward V 1483
Richard III 1483-1485
Henry VII 1485-1509
Henry VIII 1509-1547
Edward VI 1547-1553
Mary I 1553-1558
Elizabeth 1558-1603
James I 1603-1625
Charles I 1625-1649
Charles II 1660-1685
James II 1685-1688
Mary II 1689-1694
William III 1689-1702
Anne 1702-1714
George I 1714-1727
George II 1727-1760
George III 1760-1820
George IV 1820-1830 (Regent from 1811 on)
William IV 1830-1837
Victoria 1837-1901
Edward VII 1901-1910
George V 1910-1936
Edward VIII 1936
George VI 1936-1952
Elizabeth II 1952-present

Others:
Matilda (Empress Matilda) 1141
Henry the Young King (co-ruled with father) 1170-1183
Louis The Lion (Louis VIII of France) 1216-1217
Jane Grey July 10-19th 1553
Philip (Mary's husband) 1554-1558
Oliver Cromwell 1653-1658
Richard Cromwell 1658-1659

General Resources Covering Multiple Kings and Queens:
Wars of the Roses (Henry VI through Battle of Bosworth Field)

Earlier history -- before William the Conqueror


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