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Product Details

  • 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
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,853 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 Ancestry Research. He was also a research assistant at the Royal College of Heralds. He is also related to the Duke of Monmouth, another bastard son of Charles II. His other books include Royal Bastards: Illegitimate Children of the British Royal Family. He lives in Northamptonshire.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9de0a8c4) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd24408) out of 5 stars British history is fun! Jan. 15 2011
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd24654) out of 5 stars A bit of a chore to read May 31 2011
By csps7510 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd24894) out of 5 stars Easy reading Sept. 6 2012
By Jill Sciortino - Published on Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x9dd24a38) out of 5 stars interesting book Dec 31 2012
By debra cornwell - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
HASH(0x9dd2490c) out of 5 stars Great Title! June 1 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a book for the genealogist, full of the kind of detail genealogists love. For the non-genealogist it's a little boring. For me the interesting parts were the hints about ways different royal mistresses were treated, some with honour and affection, some with contempt. There is little to show how most of the royal wives responded to either the mistresses or their children.

This is a book of genealogical facts. If you like these, you'll appreciate the book. If you'd rather know the human story - the hurts and the joys - you need to look elsewhere.