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Totally gripping a factually accurate version of 1066 And All That’– Boris Johnson

Gimson’s Kings and Queens whirls us through the lives of our monarchs ­­– from 1066 and William the Conqueror right up to Queen Elizabeth II and the present-day – to tell a tale of bastardy, courage, conquest, brutality, vanity, vulgarity, corruption, anarchy, absenteeism, piety, nobility, divorce, execution, civil war, madness, magnificence, profligacy, frugality, philately, abdication, dutifulness, family breakdown and family recovery.

Written in Andrew Gimson’s inimitable style, and illustrated by Martin Rowson, Gimson’s Kings and Queens is both a primer and a refresher for anyone who can't quite remember which were the good and bad Edwards or Henrys, or why so-and-so succeeded to the throne rather than his second cousin.


Gimson’s Kings and Queens is the most entertaining and instructive book on the English monarchy you will ever read.

Gimson's Prime Ministers will be released in March 2018.

"This is the stuff of history lessons long ago, and long forgotten by most of us. Essentially Horrible Histories for grown-ups, splendidly enhanced by Martin Rowson’s typically scabrous portraits" (Marcus Berkmann Spectator)"What is most valuable is the way this turns out to be the neatest and most revealing way to tell the story of this country. The chapter on Henry VIII, for example, is a masterpiece of vivid narrative, which somehow manages to dramatise, in ten pages, so many factors about why we are who we are" (Charles Moore, author of Margaret Thatcher Telegraph)"Gimson's Kings and Queens is unfailingly entertaining and frequently moving. In addition, the monarchs are wonderfully caricatured in all their sneers and jowls by political cartoonist Martin Rowson" (Suzi Feay London Magazine)"The most entertaining and instructive book on the English monarchy you will ever read" (Daily Telegraph)"[An] entertaining romp through England’s monarchs… an amusing, quirky reminder of what older generations were taught at school. Gimson's Kings and Queens is the natural successor to Sellar and Yeatman's 1930 classic, 1066 and All That" (Tim Bouverie Sunday Telegraph)

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  • Andrew Gimson(Author)
  • Square Peg; 1st Edition edition (20 Aug. 2015)
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  • By Will C on 3 May 2017

    Thoroughly interesting read. Feels like it was edited in a rush with some detail missing but a good source of reference.

  • By Michael on 11 September 2015

    Amazing introduction to the monarchy; funny, sharp, astute and very readable.

  • By Miss A Hooper on 17 September 2016

    Am yet to give birth but this book has made me feel extremely calm and excited about meeting my baby. Written in a non patronising way and very clear.

  • By DG on 30 August 2015

    Andrew Gimson's book romps through 40 Kings and Queens of England in 250 pages. It is everything one would expect from Parliamentary sketch writer Andrew; good to read, opinionated and with a strong sense of the absurd. And while Andrew wears his learning lightly, you can be sure his facts are checked. The reader senses Andrew had great fun researching it. Who else would cite '1066 and all' That as a source or include the occasional bawdy verse?The book makes no claims to be a serious historical work. It is history-lite; an excellent primer. So if you are in a quiz team, do crosswords, want to get the kingly Williams, Henrys and Edwards sorted in your mind, check whose son went down in the White Ship, where the word Cabal came from or which King set up house with Mrs Jordan, or simply curious, this is for you.

  • By Busy Mouse on 6 May 2017

    I love this book! It is a great snap shot of Kings and Queens with quirky animations of them. This will sit happily on my book shelf and will be used I am sure by other family members too.

  • By Clive-of-Earley on 6 September 2015

    History never grabbed my attention when I was at school - perhaps the teachers failed to inspire me - but my ignorance of the Kings and Queens of England finally shamed me into purchasing this book, based on a positive review in the press. I must say that it is very entertainingly written, with sufficient detail (but not too much!) to encourage me to keep reading and make me feel that I have at least learnt the basics. At times it even qualifies as a genuine page-turner - the question "Wow - so what happened next?" kept popping up in my mind, with fascinating answers just a page or two away. For an informed and readable overview of England's monarchs since William the Conqueror this book would be hard to beat. I used to consider history to be boring - this book has caused me to revise my opinion!

  • By David Coddington on 27 August 2015

    Excellent brief history of our monarchs since 1066. Excellent book to pick up and read when relaxed. Typically well written by Andrew Gimson.@

  • By Deborah on 22 September 2015

    Andrew Gimson’s stated first aim in writing this book was to entertain and he did an outstanding job of meeting his goal. I also learned some new facts about the English monarchy and found it instructive as well. (I wasn’t taught that much about British history growing up in the States.) I was delighted to read Gimson shares my opinion of William III. Incidentally, of all the excellent illustrations by Martin Rowson the one for William III and Mary II is my favorite. I definitely recommend this book.


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