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The Ends of Kings Geoff Brown

The Ends of Kings By Geoff Brown

The Ends of Kings by Geoff Brown


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Richly illustrated guide with full colour photographs showing where the tombs etc are located with over 100 colour photographs. A unique examination of how kings met their ends - a horrible history for grown ups.

The Ends of Kings Summary

The Ends of Kings by Geoff Brown

In April 1199 Richard the Lionheart lay dying in his mother's arms, victim of a well-aimed crossbow bolt and of an incompetent surgeon. Magnaminously, Richard pardoned the skilful archer, but ordered the slaughter of the rest of his enemies in the town he was besieging. A few days later as Richard's dead body was being cut up for burial in Rouen, Fontevrault and other places, the hapless archer was being flayed alive by his vengeful troops. Richard died as he lived - adventurous, warlike and chivalrous - but he is unusual in being a great king with an equally great tomb (or rather, tombs.) In typical, idiosyncratic English fashion, many of our greatest monarchs have hugely understated tombs, while many of the failures lie beneath sublime stone tracery and monumental sarcophagi. The despised Edward II was allegedly put to death in Berkeley Castle with a red-hot poker up his rectum, yet his tomb is one of the most beautiful in Western Europe. 'Bad King John' lies regally in Worcester Cathedral, symbols of piety and bravery adorning his Purbeck marble effigy. Yet Henry VIII has only a mention on a slab in St. George's Chapel, and Charles II has only a name inscribed on a paltry block of stone at Westminster Abbey.

About Geoff Brown

Geoff Brown is a keen amateur historian, and has Masters degrees in Italian and Business Administration. He lives in Oxfordshire.

Additional information

GOR003455614
9781848682306
1848682301
The Ends of Kings by Geoff Brown
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Amberley Publishing
2008-12-15
160
N/A
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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