Britain's Royal Families : The Complete Genealogy, Paperback Book

Britain's Royal Families : The Complete Genealogy Paperback

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'George III is alleged to have married secretly, on 17th April, 1759, a Quakeress called Hannah Lightfoot, daughter of a Wapping shoemaker, who is said to have borne him three children.

Documents relating to the alleged marriage, bearing the Prince's signature, were impounded and examined in 1866 by the Attorney General.

Learned opinion at the time leaned to the view that these documents were genuine.

They were then placed in the Royal Archives at Windsor; in 1910, permission was refused a would-be author who asked to see them.

If George III did make such a marriage when he was Prince of Wales, before the passing of the Royal Marriages Act in 1772, then his subsequent marriage to Queen Charlotte was bigamous, and every monarch of Britain since has been a usurper, the rightful heirs of George III being his children by Hannah Lightfoot, if they ever existed' - From Britain's Royal Families."Britain's Royal Families" is a unique reference book.

It provides, for the first time in one volume, complete genealogical details of all members of the royal houses of England, Scotland and Great Britain - from 800AD to the present. Here is the vital biographical information relating not only to each monarch, but also to every member of their immediate family, from parents to grandchildren.

Drawing on countless authorities, both ancient and modern, Alison Weir explores the royal family tree in unprecedented depth and provides a comprehensive guide to the heritage of today's royal family.


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Alison Weir is an exceptional writer, and has done a great job with the Royal history.

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This volume took Alison Weir twenty-two years to research and write. It's quite a feat. She's covers Britain's monarchy from the late 700s up till 2002. Each royal house is given a summary at the start of each chapter, followed by the essential details of the ruling king/queen, followed by their consort, any siblings they may have had, and any children. Heirs who have children are also accounted for.This is more of a reference book that can be used to access specific info, but it may also be read from start to finish. I did the latter, however, I did skip most of the Scottish monarchy section, plus some of the second generation offspring details. At times it proved a bit like reading a birth or death register, but on the other hand the info is clear if you wanted to look up someone in particular.I found the section on pre-conquest England the most interesting, as the country was so vastly different in its structure and way of living from today that it's hard to imagine.It's also shocking to see how many English queens lost their children in infancy or upon their birth. Queen Anne's misfortune as a mother was especially sad to read. It's hard to imagine what it must've been like to lose one child, never mind nineteen. I've copied the main details below of her unfortunate children:1 Stillborn daughter2 Mary or MarieBorn on 2 June, 1685. Died on 8 February, 1687.3 Anne SophiaBorn on 12 May, 1686. Died on 2 February, 1687.4 Stillborn child.5 Stillborn son6 Miscarriage7 Stillborn child8 William HenryBorn on 24 July, 1689. Died on 30 July, 1700.9 Mary Born on 14 October, 1690. Died aged 2 hours.10 George Born on 17 April, 1692. Died, aged a few minutes.11 Stillborn daughter12 Stillborn child13 Stillborn daughter14 Stillborn son Of six months’ growth.15 & 16 Stillborn twins A male foetus of 2 or 3 months’ growth and a male foetus of 7 months’ growth.17 Stillborn son18 Stillborn son19 Stillborn son