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Royal Bastards: Illegitimate Children of the British Royal Family [Paperback]

Roger Powell , Peter Beauclerk-Dewar

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May 1 2008

Since 1066 when William the Conqueror took the throne, English and Scottish kings have sired at least 150 children out of wedlock. Many were acknowledged at court and founded dynasties of their own; several of today's dukedoms are descended from them. Others were only acknowledged grudgingly or not at all. In the 20th century this trend for Royals to father illegitimate children continued, but the parentage, while highly probable, has not been officially recognized.  This book is a genuinely fresh approach to British kings and queens, examining their lives and times through the unfamiliar perspective of their illegitimate children. Interviewees include many of their descendants. But beyond personal narratives it also sheds light on the perennially fascinating topic of sexual habits; the links between politics, power, and patronage; the class system, scandal, and celebrity; and the different expectations we have of men and women.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (May 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752446681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752446684
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #403,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roger Powell has been a professional genealogist for over 40 years. He was until his recent retirement a senior editor at Burke's Peerage and Gentry and Director of Debretts Ancestory Research. He was also a research assitant at the Royal College of Heralds. He is also related to the Duke of Monmouth, another bastard son of Charles II. He lives in Northamptonshire.Peter Beauclerk-Dewar is a direct decendent of the bastard offspring of Charles II and Nell Gwyn. He is a heraldic consultant to Christies, has previously been an editor for Burke's Peerage & Gentry, and is a fellow of the Scottish Society of Antiquaries. He also a JP and a trustee of the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies at the University of Kent. He lives in London.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British history is fun! Jan. 15 2011
By Patricia - Published on
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Quite delightful yet subdued and scholarly history of all the known and suspected illegitimate children of British royals over the centuries. Some are quite well known and others are a surprise. If you are at all interested in British history, you will enjoy this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a chore to read May 31 2011
By csps7510 - Published on
A well-researched book, "Royal Bastards" has a textual, dry tone. Entire paragraphs are repeated verbatim between subchapters in the section on Charles II's illegitimate children. Also, many of these royal offspring were not very interesting people (or, they are not presented in an interesting way). The most engaging subchapters concern rumors of illegitimacy (Sonia Keppel Cubitt; Timothy Ward Seely) from the early 20th century.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading Sept. 6 2012
By Jill Sciortino - Published on
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It was an okay book. It was an interesting subject but bland way of writing. It wasn't one of my favorites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting book Dec 31 2012
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i found this a interesting little book. while true history buffs may not find any new material they dont already know i still enjoyed it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading March 17 2014
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Historical review of where Europe's royal really came from. No holds barred. Very enlightening and hits right to the point.

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