Kings and Queens of England, Hardback

Kings and Queens of England Hardback

Illustrated by Rosalind Thornycroft

5 out of 5 (1 rating)


First published in 1932, Herbert and Eleanor Farjeon's Kings and Queens of England has attained the status of a children's classic.

The charming poems, each one dedicated to a different King or Queen, tell the story of the forty-one English monarchs from William I to Elizabeth II in a humorous and charming way that has delighted generations of children and their parents.

This beautiful facsimile edition features the wonderful original illustrations by the artist Rosalind Thornycroft, and it is the first time that it has been published in this form since 1953.

Henry VIII 'Bluff King Hal was full of beans; He married half a dozen queens;' George V 'George V had a naval beard, Was far more loved than he was feared'


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 80 pages, 40 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780712358507



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I adored this book when I was a child, so much so that a lot of it got stuck in my memory. The book has a one page biography of each of England's reigning kings and queens since 1066. The biographies are in verse, and are highly memorable. Recently, when reading a book about Edward !!, a few lines began to tinkle in the back of my mind -- "Favours he lavished on/Pretty Piers Gaveston/ Giving him duchies and riches and rings". An internet search let me to this book, and how delighted I am to have found it again! A wonderful present for a young person with a passion for English history, or for an old person who was such in the long, long ago.