Reviews

  • This is the stuff of history lessons long ago, and long forgotten by most of us. Essentially Horrible Histories for grown-ups, splendidly enhanced by Martin Rowson’s typically scabrous portraits

    Marcus Berkmann, Spectator
  • What is most valuable is the way this turns out to be the neatest and most revealing way to tell the story of this country. The chapter on Henry VIII, for example, is a masterpiece of vivid narrative, which somehow manages to dramatise, in ten pages, so many factors about why we are who we are

    Charles Moore, author of Margaret Thatcher, Telegraph
  • Gimson's Kings and Queens is unfailingly entertaining and frequently moving. In addition, the monarchs are wonderfully caricatured in all their sneers and jowls by political cartoonist Martin Rowson

    Suzi Feay, London Magazine
  • The most entertaining and instructive book on the English monarchy you will ever read

    Daily Telegraph
  • [An] entertaining romp through England’s monarchs… an amusing, quirky reminder of what older generations were taught at school. Gimson's Kings and Queens is the natural successor to Sellar and Yeatman's 1930 classic, 1066 and All That

    Tim Bouverie, Sunday Telegraph

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