Title: Kings and QueensKings and Queens
Author: Clare Oliver
Illustrators: N. Reed & M. Thomas
Pages: 32
Reading Level: 8 & up
Star Rating: ★★★

Kings and Queens records the line of English monarchs from the first century A.D. through Queen Elizabeth II. Every page has multiple real life illustrations on it as well as ‘Can You Believe It?’ and snapshots from history sections.

Interesting Facts.

Did you know…

  • That during his ten year reign, Richard I was only in England for a few months?
  • That Elizabeth of York was the model for the drawing of the Queen on our packs of cards?
  • That King Henry VIII was married to Catherine of Aragon for 24 years before he divorced her to marry Anne Boleyn?
  • That James I was only one year old when he became king of Scotland?
  • That Charles I was the only English king ever to have been put on trial and executed?
  • That Queen Victoria was the first British ruler to make a phone call, travel by train or in an elevator or be filmed and photographed?
  • That during WWI, George V changed his surname from the German ‘House of Saxe-Coburg and Gatha’ to the more English sounding ‘Windsor’?
  • That during WWII, Elizabeth II served in the forces and became a trained car mechanic?


Robin Hood is simplistically described as a man who stole from the rich to give to the poor.

Conclusion. Not as thorough or sober as Kings and Queens of England, but still interesting.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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