The foundations of the British monarchy date from the era, more than a millennium ago, when Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and Viking peoples competed for dominance. Early sovereigns exercised near-absolute power but over time that authority dwindled as the changing role of women, the democratization of society, dynastic intermarriage, financial demands, religious convictions, struggles for economic and political control, and territorial aggrandizement combined to promote change. The strengths and weaknesses of rulers such as William the Conqueror, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Mary, Queen of Scots, and Queen Elizabeth also contributed to the evolution of the monarchy and are documented here.
Historical Dictionary of the British Monarchy, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 800 cross-referenced entries that cover significant events, places, institutions, and other aspects of British culture, economics, politics, and society. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the British monarchy.
Kenneth J. Panton is professor emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh and King’s College, University of London, he taught at London Guildhall University before moving to the United States to lead Southern Mississippi’s British Studies program, taking 200 graduate and undergraduate students to the United Kingdom every summer. His publications include seven previous contributions to the Historical Dictionary series.
Notes on Names
Appendix 1: Chronology of British Monarchs
Appendix 2: British Monarchs, Biographical Summaries
Appendix 3: Royal Consorts, Biographical Summaries
Appendix 4: The Line of Succession to the British Throne
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