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The structure of the book is broadly chronological. It is broken
down into seven main sections, starting with the birth of monarchy
in the ancient Middle East and ending with coverage of modern royal
houses and ruling dynasties stretching through the 20th century and
on up to the present day. The core of each section is a series of
profiles of the most significant rulers of each particular era,
each one of whom has been carefully selected because of his or her
influence on the pattern of historical events. It is these events
that provide the impetus for the maps that play an equally
significant part in the overall structure.
This book is a fascinating and comprehensive exploration of the
dynasties and rulers who have shaped our world. History is not
created in a vacuum. It is a living entity, to which no one has
contributed more than leading kings and queens of the distant and
not-so-distant past. Their achievements not only shaped the times
in which they reigned, but also, for good or ill, have had an
enduring impact on the world we live in today.