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Seller: ancientgifts (4,386) 100% Top-Rated Plus, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381824639519 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! A Royal History of England: The Middle Ages by John Gillingham and Peter Earle, Edited by Antonia Fraser. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover: 120 pages. Publisher: University of California Press; (2000). On 14 October 1066 two armies met at Hastings. Beautifully illustrated and accessibly written, "The Middle Ages' begins at the most famous date in English history and covers the three centuries during which England arguably began its transformation into a modern state: during these years the Curia Regis was formed, which paved the way for parliamentary assembly, and the principle of strong hereditary monarchy was established. Yet, this short volume covers not only the politics of the time, an age of contested succession, but in vivid biographies conveys the personalities of the medieval kings: from the brutal, unattractive William I to the 'mythical' Richard the Lionheart and the mighty Edward I. Their fascinating lives are played out against some of the central events of English history: the Domesday Book, the Crusades, Magna Carta, the Hundred Years' War and the Black Death. CONDITION: NEW. New (albeit slightly shelfworn) oversized (10x8 inch) hardcover w/dustjacket. University of California (2000) 120 pages. Inside the book is pristine; pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, clearly unread, though of course it is possible that the book was leafed through a few times while in the bookstore. One can observe by carefully scrutinzing the binding of the book that it seems as though the first ten or twelve pages of the book are slightly looser than those following), i.e. that while in the bookstore a few customers may have flipped through the first few pages of the book (table of contents, etc.). However this could be just a binding characteristic of this book, as we have a number of new copies of the book, and the first 10-12 pages of all of them are looser than the remainder of the book. From the outside the book is unblemished except for VERY slight edge and corner shelf wear to the dustjacket, principally in the form of mild rubbing and fine scratching to the backside of the dustjacket (dustjacket is photo-finish high gloss black and so shows rub marks very easily merely from being shelved between other books - the rubbing is really only noticeable if you hold the book up to a light source and tilt it so it reflects the light). Beneath the dustjacket the full cloth covers are clean and unblemished except for very faint edge and corner shelfwear. Condition is entirely consistent with new stock from a open-shelf bookstore environment (such as Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton, for example) wherein patrons are permitted to browse the open bookshelves and so otherwise "new" books might show minor signs of shelfwear or browsing wear, consequence of simply being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1706a. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: "The Middle Ages" is the first of six books in the "A Royal History of England" series, which illuminates the lives of the monarchs of England from 1066 A.D. through the present-day. The other volumes include: "The Tudors", "The Wars of the Roses", "The Stuarts", "The Houses of Hanover and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha", and "The House of Windsor". A vivid and accessible short history of The Middle Ages, from the Normans and the Angevins to the Plantagenets, stunningly illustrated with full-color and black-and-white photographs and reproductions of art, manuscripts, effigies, coats of arms, and bloodline diagrams. The history of English kings and queens has rarely been as entertaining as in this heavily illustrated series. The editor, Antonia Fraser, has written a number of highly acclaimed books, among them the major historical biographies, "Mary Queen of Scots", which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Also to her credit are "Cromwell Out Chief of Men", and "King Charles II". Her most recent books is "The Gunpowder Plot", which was a bestseller and won the Crimewriters Non-Fiction Gold Dagger Award. Antonia was the President of the English Centre of International PEN and Chairman of its Writers in Prison Committee. She is now Vice-President of English PEN. Formerly Chairman of the Society of Authors, she is co-trustee with Michael Holroyd of the society's Author's Foundation. She lives in London. Co-author John Gillingham read history at Queen's College, Oxford, and Munich University. He is Professor Emeritus of History at the London School of Economics. His previous books include "The Angevin Empire" and "The English in the Twelfth Century". Co-author Peter Earle was educated at University College London. He taught at the London School of Economics from 1962 to 1990, and is now Reader Emeritus in Economic History at the University of London. He is the author of the acclaimed "The Making of the English Middle Class". PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: From the beginning of monarchical power in Norman times to the present queen, the British royal family has experienced many scandals, triumphs, and changes in public image, but few of their reigns can be described as uneventful. With contributions by specialist authors and contemporary illustrations of royal heraldry and coats of arms, Antonia Fraser has edited a definitive and entertaining history of one of the most powerful monarchies in the world. This volume opens with the Norman conquest, William I's bold incursion in 1066 that propelled a new dynasty to the throne of England, and covers three centuries of drama, intrigue, loyalty, betrayal, courage, cowardice, and crime. REVIEW: This six-volume series covers almost a millennium of English history, from the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the death of Princess Diana, the fire that decimated Windsor Castle, and the Queen Mother's 99th birthday in 1999. Each volume offers loads of illustrations, both artworks and photos, as well as informative text. Wonderful introductory material for casual readers, medieval history enthusiasts, and armchair historians. REVIEW: A most attractive short history, beautifully illustrated on heavy, glossy paper. First of six volumes in the A Royal History of England series. Very fine book in pictorial wrappers. REVIEW: Each of these lavishly illustrated books serves up a brief and manageable portion of the Fraser-edited and much-touted Lives of the Kings and Queens of England. A set of six jewels for Fraser's crown. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: It's concise, accessible, and has magnificent pictures. I read a lot of history but I've always had trouble sorting out all those Henries and Edwards in between William the Conqueror and Henry VIII and this was a great help. It goes from William the Conqueror up to 1400, which is when Henry IV bumped off Richard II. It's only 117 pages, some of which are illustrations so you just get the basic stories of the kings and queens. There's a little about Wales and Scotland. I don't know what professional historians think of it, but it does the job it sets out to do quite admirably. It is altogether a well-written and beautifully-produced series. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish

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