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Conflict. Glory. Romance. Tragedy. Bloodshed. No matter the era, the lives of the men and women who have wielded power and controlled destinies make for fascinating reading. 5,000 Years of Royalty compiles the rich pageant of history into a lushly illustrated, accessible guide that will delight both the amateur historian and inveterate royal watcher alike. Profiles include Conflict. Glory. Romance. Tragedy. Bloodshed. No matter the era, the lives of the men and women who have wielded power and controlled destinies make for fascinating reading. 5,000 Years of Royalty compiles the rich pageant of history into a lushly illustrated, accessible guide that will delight both the amateur historian and inveterate royal watcher alike. Profiles include: The Assyrian warrior king Ashurbanipal, who hitched the kings of four nations to his chariot for a victory parade; Montezuma, who was stoned to death by his Aztec subjects upon his capture by the Spanish; Ivan the Terrible of Russia, who, upon the suspicious death of this wife, executed bot only those he thought were guilty, but also their families, so that no one would remain alive to pray for their souls; Mary I, Queen of Scots, who had no luck with men—her closest advisor was dragged from her room and stabbed to death and her husband's house was blown up while he was lying sick in bed; King Leopold II of Belgium, who's private colony in the Congo caused the death of more than 2 million Africans working for him.


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Conflict. Glory. Romance. Tragedy. Bloodshed. No matter the era, the lives of the men and women who have wielded power and controlled destinies make for fascinating reading. 5,000 Years of Royalty compiles the rich pageant of history into a lushly illustrated, accessible guide that will delight both the amateur historian and inveterate royal watcher alike. Profiles include Conflict. Glory. Romance. Tragedy. Bloodshed. No matter the era, the lives of the men and women who have wielded power and controlled destinies make for fascinating reading. 5,000 Years of Royalty compiles the rich pageant of history into a lushly illustrated, accessible guide that will delight both the amateur historian and inveterate royal watcher alike. Profiles include: The Assyrian warrior king Ashurbanipal, who hitched the kings of four nations to his chariot for a victory parade; Montezuma, who was stoned to death by his Aztec subjects upon his capture by the Spanish; Ivan the Terrible of Russia, who, upon the suspicious death of this wife, executed bot only those he thought were guilty, but also their families, so that no one would remain alive to pray for their souls; Mary I, Queen of Scots, who had no luck with men—her closest advisor was dragged from her room and stabbed to death and her husband's house was blown up while he was lying sick in bed; King Leopold II of Belgium, who's private colony in the Congo caused the death of more than 2 million Africans working for him.

30 review for 5,000 Years of Royalty: Kings, Queens, Princes, Emperors & Tsars

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melisende

    Little snippets of the lives of monarchs who reigned from the time of Gilgamesh to our current modern day royals. Each monarch listed (and not all are) has one page dedicated to them and one page dedicted to an image. Entries are, as you might imagine, brief. But all in all a nice easy read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Good read, had several monarchs I hadn't known about. Only one page given to each one so not much detail, but enough to peak interest.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I enjoyed this thoroughly, although as one of the geographically challenged I would have liked little maps on each page, showing the area ruled, and where it would be now. There was room on the page, and it was neatly laid out - text on one side, a picture on the other - a nice little map would have fit right in a corner. The book begins with Gilgamesh, King of Uruk (c.2700 B.C.) and goes through Diana, Princess of Wales. (1961-1997) The things that stood out are the incredible thirst for power I enjoyed this thoroughly, although as one of the geographically challenged I would have liked little maps on each page, showing the area ruled, and where it would be now. There was room on the page, and it was neatly laid out - text on one side, a picture on the other - a nice little map would have fit right in a corner. The book begins with Gilgamesh, King of Uruk (c.2700 B.C.) and goes through Diana, Princess of Wales. (1961-1997) The things that stood out are the incredible thirst for power some people have, for which they will murder brothers, parents, children, to sit on a throne and wield that power. And in the end what are they? Dead, of course, and facing judgement, and reduced to one page two sides in a discount Barnes & Nobles book being read by me in between work and TV and sleep. It baffled me, especially when their own immediate history would have told them it would be a short bloody ride that had not ended well for anybody else before them. Do they think they will be the exception (and a few are) or is it worth it for them? The other thing that struck me is the incredible arrogance and cruelty of the empires which conquer, colonize, enslave and just flat out take what isn't theirs because they want it. The British, the Spanish, the Americans - we all act like the preschoolers in my classroom. "I want it." 'Why did you take his toy?' I inquire, and 'I wanted it' is the answer. 'Why did you take Africa/India/Australia/this new world just discovered, teeming with peoples and cultures and civilizations of its own?' 'I wanted it.' Truly the human heart is desperately wicked.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Slater

    Really, really useful and fun. I started this book knowing nothing of royalty and I finished it with a fairly good understanding.... plus..... the chapters are really short and easy to read.....

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    The book is composed of an extensive collection of brief biographies of roal persons from approximately 2,700 B.C. to the present. It includes illustrations, drawing, or other visual representations for each individual. There is an index but does not include a bibliography of source material so as a historian I must hold the information suspect.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Each Royal has 1 page of text and 1 full-page image. It contains mostly the well-known Royals, but also a few less-known Royals like Gia Long, Emperor of Vietnam (1762-1820) or Nzinga Mbande, Queen of Ndongo and Matamba (c1583-1663). It's a nice coffee table book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Very well done. Some of the rulers could have had more information behind them but I understand about space constraints and a lack of information available. I also managed to find it for under ten bucks so that really improves my outlook on the book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Larry Van Bibber

    This serves a very good reference book to research historical leaders.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Grace Best-Page

    While I enjoyed all the information, I wanted a bit more on some of the people, and I thought of one or two that were left out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yelena

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sue Thompson

  12. 5 out of 5

    The William H. Jensen Library

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

  14. 5 out of 5

    Xan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pernille

  16. 5 out of 5

    Toria

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sascha

  20. 5 out of 5

    Victoria (the_blondebookshelf)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Heath

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jiayee

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Mayfield

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ro

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kellie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

  29. 4 out of 5

    M

  30. 4 out of 5

    Isbjorn

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