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Old 06-06-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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'Tis Sixty Years Ago Today that God Has Saved the Queen

Name the famous poem that this line alludes to-and the poet.

In honor of Queen Bess the Second's jubilee, any good recommendations on on history books or historical fiction dealing with the British monarchy?

There is one recent well regarded novel, "Bring Up the Bodies" on the reign of Henry VIII.
Bernard Cromwell also wrote a series on Alfred the Great , starting with "The Pale Horseman".
Sharon Kay Penman wrote series on Edward 1 and the Wars of the Roses.

Can any one recommend others?

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Old 06-06-2012, 03:39 PM   #2
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Gee, has there ever been any historical fiction about the British monarchy??? (sarcasm.)

It depends if you like your HF educational or trashy. Personally, I prefer moderately trashy. So I like Phillipa Gregory's "The Other Boleyn Girl" and Allison Weir's "Innocent Traitor."

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:39 PM   #4
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AS to the quotation- does nobody read AE Housman any more?

Quote:
FROM Clee to heaven the beacon burns,
The shires have seen it plain,
From north and south the sign returns
And beacons burn again.

Look left, look right, the hills are bright, 5
The dales are light between,
Because ’tis fifty years to-night
That God has saved the Queen.

Now, when the flame they watch not towers
About the soil they trod, 10
Lads, we ’ll remember friends of ours
Who shared the work with God.
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Has the level of general literacy sunk so low?
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Mmmmph........

At least you are choosing to read about this institution - we had no option, TV radio, newspapers, on and on and on........

I exiled myself to the garden shed, the pub, bed, car...... then people ask you what you are doing/did to celebrate.....more garden, pub, bed, car....

I think it's nearly safe to come out now..................
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AS to the quotation- does nobody read AE Housman any more?



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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel is a sequel to Wolf Hall, and you should definitely read Wolf Hall first. It deservedly won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. They are both written from the point of view of Thomas Cromwell.
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And there's Gloriana by Michael Moorcock if you want a fantasized (and bawdier) Elizabeth I.
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