Historical Dictionary of the British Monarchy by Kenneth J. PantonHistorical Dictionary of the British Monarchy by Kenneth J. Panton

Historical Dictionary of the British Monarchy

byKenneth J. Panton

Hardcover | February 24, 2011

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The monarch is the United Kingdom's head of state, exercising powers that are circumscribed by common law, convention, and statute law. Nowadays, many of the sovereign's functions are ceremonial but in the past the balance between ceremony and decision-making was very different. The foundations of the modern monarchy were laid more than a millennium ago, in Anglo-Saxon and Celtic Britain, so its modern form is a stage in an evolution that has been shaped by attitudes towards divorce, the changing role of women, the democratization of society, dynastic intermarriage, financial demands, religious convictions, struggles for economic and political power, and territorial aggrandizement. Covering some of the most famous figures in world history, including William the Conqueror, Henry VIII, and Queens Victoria, Elizabeth I, and Elizabeth II, the Historical Dictionary of the British Monarchy provides a chronology starting with the year 495 and continuing to the present day, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, places, events, institutions, and other aspects of British culture, society, economy, and politics. This book is a must for anyone interested in the British monarchy.
Kenneth J. Panton is professor emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was dean of the Honors College. His publications include Historical Dictionary of the United Kingdom (co-authored with Keith A. Cowlard), the Historical Dictionary of London and, most recently and again with Keith Cowlard, the Historical Diction...
Title:Historical Dictionary of the British MonarchyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:722 pages, 9.42 × 6.62 × 2.18 inPublished:February 24, 2011Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810857790

ISBN - 13:9780810857797

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Editorial Reviews

The main aim of the book appears to be to provide biographical details for every king, queen, or child of a monarch in the direct line of the present royal family, both in England and in Scotland. The breadth of the author's knowledge is extensive. I was astonished to find that American genealogists assert that President Obama is a direct descendant of William the Lion, King of Scots (died 1214). However, as another author has recently pointed out, simple arithmetic suggests that everyone of British origin is probably descended from one of the monarchs of 1,000 years ago, if only they could prove it. That hypothesis might add still more to the large potential readership of this wide-ranging dictionary.