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Royal Dynasties

Royal Dynasties

For centuries powerful royal families have dominated and shaped the social and political landscapes of Europe and beyond. Inside we explore the incredible tales of betrayal and bloodshed and the scandalous stories and shocking secrets of some of history’s most fascinating and influential royal bloodlines, from the great British houses of Stuart and Windsor to Europe’s legendary Habsburg-Lorraine and Bourbon dynasties. We shine a light on the benevolent monarchs, cruel tyrants and doomed despots that defined their families, as well as royalty’s lesser-known but no less fascinating dukes, duchesses, princes and princesses. We uncover how the Romanovs met their tragic end, discover the rivalry that divided the Tudors, and meet the much-loved and still current Orange-Nassaus of the Netherlands. And it’s not just the great European royal houses covered inside – we’ll also take a tour of some of the longest-serving and most influential families from around the world, from the Solomon lineage of Abyssinia to China’s great Ming dynasty. We also examine what the future holds for the world’s existing royals and how they must adapt and evolve in order to survive in the modern world. Enjoy!

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United Kingdom
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Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome

For centuries powerful royal families have dominated and shaped the social and political landscapes of Europe and beyond. Inside we explore the incredible tales of betrayal and bloodshed and the scandalous stories and shocking secrets of some of history’s most fascinating and influential royal bloodlines, from the great British houses of Stuart and Windsor to Europe’s legendary Habsburg-Lorraine and Bourbon dynasties. We shine a light on the benevolent monarchs, cruel tyrants and doomed despots that defined their families, as well as royalty’s lesser-known but no less fascinating dukes, duchesses, princes and princesses. We uncover how the Romanovs met their tragic end, discover the rivalry that divided the Tudors, and meet the much-loved and still current Orange-Nassaus of the Netherlands. And it’s not just the great European royal houses covered inside –…

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royal dynasties

Editorial Editor Dan Peel Designer Thomas Parrett Editorial Director Jon White Senior Art Editor Andy Downes Contributors Philippa Grafton, Katharine Marsh, Charlie Ginger Advertising Media packs are available on request Commercial Director Clare Dove clare.dove@futurenet.com International Head of Print Licensing Rachel Shaw licensing@futurenet.com Circulation Head of Newstrade Tim Mathers Production Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions Controller Jason Hudson Production Managers Keely Miller, Nola Cokely, Vivienne Calvert, Fran Twentyman Management Chief Content Officer Aaron Asadi Commercial Finance Director Dan Jotcham Head of Art & Design Greg Whitaker Future plc is a public company quoted on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: FUTR) www.futureplc.com Chief executive Zillah Byng-Thorne Non-executive chairman Richard Huntingford Chief financial officer Penny Ladkin-Brand Tel +44 (0)1225 442 244…

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wessex 519-1066

The historic House of Wessex – also known as the House of Cerdic in honour of its Germanic founder – has its roots in the ambitions of a Saxon who would one day wage a relentless war across Britain with the aid of his son in a ruthless quest for territory and plunder, a conflict that some believe pitted him against none other than King Arthur. It’s believed that the fearsome Cerdic landed on the coast of Hampshire in what is today southern England with his equally ambitious son Cynric in 495 CE aboard one of five Saxon ships. He had little time to adjust to his new surroundings, for according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, his host was forced to do battle with a horde of natives, who in turn were…

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the pedigree

In actuality, the House of Wessex found its roots much earlier, under Cerdic, King of Wessex, between 519 and 534 Order of succession Marriage 1 871-899 Alfred the Great b.849-d.899 Turn to page 12 Osburga Unknown-d.854 839-858 Æthelwulf Unknown-d.858 Judith b.843-d.870 Turn to page 12 Ealhswith Unknown-d.905 Æthelflæd b.870-d.918 Turn to page 13 2 899-924 Edward the Elder b.871-d.924 As a young man, Edward helped defeat the final Viking invasion of his father’s reign. As king, he reconquered the Danelaw with the help of his sister. Ecgwynn Unknown Edgiva b.896-d.968 Edred b.923-d.955 3 924-939 Æthelstan b.894-d.939 Turn to page 14 4 939-946 Edmund I b.921-d.946 Saint Elgiva Unknown-d.944 5 955-959 Eadwig Unknown-d.959 Eadwig famously excused himself from a banquet to exercise himself with a noblewoman – and her daughter. Abbot Dunstan was sent to bring Eadwig back. The two’s relationship did not improve afterwards. 6 959-975 Edgar the Peaceful b.943-d.975 So great was his mastery over the British Isles that Edgar summoned the kings of the realms surrounding England to his consecration and had royal oarsmen…

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tudor 1485-1603

The House of Tudor is remembered as the most colourful dynasty ever to rule in England. It also had one of the shakiest claims to the throne, with the obscure Welsh exile, Henry Tudor, winning a lucky victory on the battlefield in August 1485. He took the throne as Henry VII, cementing his position through marriage to Princess Elizabeth of York. The couple founded a dynasty that would rule for nearly 120 years. Although Henry VII hoped to leave the crown to his eldest son, Prince Arthur, it was his second son, Henry VIII, who succeeded in 1509. Henry is the most well-known of any British monarch, famous for breaking the English church from Rome and instigating the Reformation and infamous for his succession of six luckless wives. His reign also…

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the pedigree

Order of succession Marriage 1 1485-1509 Henry VII b.1457-d.1509 Turn to page 22 Margaret Beaufort b.c.1443-d.1509 Henry VII’s mother was descended from Edward III, providing her son with his claim to the English crown. Married four times, she gave birth to her only child when she was 13. Margaret worked to win the crown for her son. She was pious and learned, founding two Cambridge colleges. Edmund Tudor b.1430-d.1456 b.1430-d.1456 Elizabeth of York b.1466-d.1503 As Edward IV’s eldest daughter, many considered Elizabeth to be heir to the throne when her brothers – the Princes in the Tower – disappeared. Henry Tudor promised to marry her if he won the English crown. The couple united the Houses of Lancaster and York, but Elizabeth played little role in government. Arthur, Prince of Wales b.1486-d.1502 Turn to page 22 (1) James IV of Scotland b.1473-d.1513 Catherine of Aragon b.1485-d.1536 Margaret Tudor b.1489-d.1541 Turn to page 24 (3)…

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