Tag: monarchy

  • 1217 by Catherine Hanley

    1217 by Catherine Hanley

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for 1217: King John was as bad as Mel Brooks said he was. Quick synopsis: The story of why King John was just the worst. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: The nobility and religious communities at this time made up about 6% at most of the population meaning the other 94%…

  • Once a King by Jane Tippett

    Once a King by Jane Tippett

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Once a King: Lots of drama with little accountability. Quick synopsis: A look at the unpublished memoir of Edward VIII of England. You know, the one who quit. Fact for Non-History People: Edward was paid $75,000 in 1947 to write 3 articles on his childhood. In today’s dollars, that’s… a lot.…

  • The Palace by Gareth Russell

    The Palace by Gareth Russell

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Palace: Scandals, chocolate, and a king or two. Quick synopsis: A biography of Hampton Court Palace throughout British history. Fact for Non-History People: There are 775 rooms in Buckingham Palace. The cleaning bills must be insane. Fact for History Nerds: Elizabeth II’s coronation caused TV purchases in the UK to…

  • Battle for the Island Kingdom by Don Hollway

    Battle for the Island Kingdom by Don Hollway

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Battle for the Island Kingdom: It’s good to be king. Until you get killed, probably by a family member. Quick synopsis: A look at England and its rulers from 1000-1066. Fact for Non-History People: A mail hauberk (shirt made of metal links) could take a thousand-man hours to create. Fact for…

  • Young Queens by Leah Redmond Chang

    Young Queens by Leah Redmond Chang

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Young Queens: The Kardashians are amateurs compared to these people. Quick synopsis: The story of the early lives of Catherine de Medici, Mary Queen of Scots, and Elisabeth de Valois. Fact for Non-History People: King Francis of France stayed in the room the night of the marriage of Catherine de Medici…

  • Harry & Meghan (Netflix)

    Harry & Meghan (Netflix)

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: We need to talk about Harry. Quick synopsis: The epic battle of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle vs. the British Royal Family. Fun Fact: No one believed I would actually watch and review this, but I did it for you, dear nerds. My Take on Harry & Meghan: Now, since I come…

  • The Dark Queens by Shelley Puhak

    The Dark Queens by Shelley Puhak

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Dark Queens: Game of Thrones only real. Less dragons, obviously. Quick synopsis: The story of Queens Brunhild and Fredegund who were trying to kill each other for decades while ruling their kingdoms. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: The Vikings wearing horned helmets? Not a thing. Someone made it up…

  • The Kingdom of the Anglo-Saxons by Paul Hill

    The Kingdom of the Anglo-Saxons by Paul Hill

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Kingdom of the Anglo-Saxons: Who would have thought writing stuff down would make such a difference. Quick synopsis: The story of England around the time of Alfred the Great. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Alfred the Great kept a third of his revenues to provide gifts to visiting dignitaries…

  • God’s Traitors by Jessie Childs

    God’s Traitors by Jessie Childs

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for God’s Traitors: (Looks toward England. Raises middle finger.) Quick synopsis: Another story about how England is the devil. This time, it focuses on the Catholic Vaux family in Elizabethan England. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: There were places built into homes to hide clergy during the time of Catholic persecution.…