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  • Published: 15 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9780091943776
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $54.00

The Ring and the Crown

A History of Royal Weddings


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As the wedding of William and Kate approaches, this book takes an informative and entertaining look at royal weddings through English history

The excitement surrounding the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton has prompted four of Britain’s top historical biographers to look closely at Royal Weddings from 1066 to the present day. In some quarters, Alison Weir, Kate Williams, Sarah Gristwood and Tracy Borman are known affectionately as the ‘History Girls’. They bring an elan, and a passion for detail and dramatic narrative to all their subjects.

Each writer focuses on their areas of expertise. Thus Alison Weir deals with the medieval, Tudor and Stuart periods. Kate Williams brings her specialist knowledge to The Georgians and Victorians. Sarah Gristwood takes up the story in 1919, when Princess Patricia of Connaught revived the tradition of royal brides marrying in Westminster Abbey, and goes on to examine the weddings of the Queen Mother (1923), the Queen (1947), and Princess Margaret in 1960. Lastly, Tracy Borman brings the book right up to date, with accounts of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer through to the fanfare that will celebrate the nuptials of Kate and William.

Every kind of wedding features – from those attended by great public celebrations, to the many that took place in private chapels, parish churches and even in secret.

Fascinating anecdotal details are revealed in the course of this most informative and entertaining overview of royal weddings through history, some amusing, some poignant, some bawdy.

THE RING AND THE CROWN places the royal wedding of the heir to the throne in historical perspective, and it does so with carefully selected illustrations that help make the authors’ insights come even more vivdly alive.

  • Pub date: 15 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9780091943776
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $54.00

About the Authors

Alison Weir

Alison Weir is one of Britain’s top-selling historians. She is the author of numerous works of history and historical fiction, specialising in the medieval and Tudor periods. Her bestselling history books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Elizabeth of York and, most recently, The Lost Tudor Princess. Her novels include Innocent Traitor, Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession. She is an Honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces. She is married with two adult children and lives and works in Surrey.

Kate Williams

Kate Williams is an author, social historian and broadcaster. She fell in love with history whilst studying for her BA and DPhil at the University of Oxford and has MAs from Queen Mary and Royal Holloway. She is a Professor of History and appears regularly on television – she recently presented her series on ‘The Stuarts’, is the in-house historian and royal expert for CNN and has appeared on programmes from The Great British Bake Off to election coverage and comedy panel shows. She has written four historical biographies, a series of historical novels and loves nothing more than a spending her time in dusty archives.

Sarah Gristwood

After leaving Oxford, Sarah Gristwood worked as a journalist specializing in the arts and women's issues. She is a regular contributor to The Times, Guardian, Independent and the Evening Standard.

Arbella, her historical biography of Arbella Stuart, was widely acclaimed in hardcover, and is available as a Bantam paperback. Her forthcoming anthology of women's diaries through the ages will also be published in paperback by Bantam Books in 2006.

Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman studied and taught history at the University of Hull and was awarded a PhD in 1997. She went on to a successful career in heritage, and is now Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and interim Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces.

Tracy is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books, including Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror and Elizabeth’s Women, which was Book of the Week on Radio 4.She regularly appears on television and radio, and is a contributor to BBC History Magazine.Tracy gives public talks and lectures across the country on a wide range of subjects. She lives in Surrey with her daughter.


Praise for The Ring and the Crown

“Four female historians give insights into both public weddings and ones that took place in secret”

Sunday Express

“The excitement surrounding the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton has prompted four of Britain's top historical biographers to look closely at royal weddings from 1066 to the present day. Here, each writer focuses on different areas of interest. Fascinating anecdotal details are revealed in the course of this most informative and entertaining overview of royal weddings through history, some amusing, some poignant, some bawdy. The Ring and the Crown places the royal wedding of the heir to the throne in historical perspective, and it does so with carefully selected illustrations that help make the authors' insights come even more vividly alive.”

Press Association

“One for history buffs and soppy romantics alike, this heavily illustrated tome looks back at previous nuptials from the Norman conquest to Charles and Camilla. It's fascinating to see Wills and Kate's big day put in its historical context”

Bella

“An absolutely fascinating book, beautifully illustrated . . . a perfect souvenir to keep for future generations: every home should have a copy!”

Country Life

“Royal marriages since 1066 under a historian's sharp eye”

Telegraph


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