The Ring and the Crown: A History of Royal Weddings 1066-2011 By Alison Weir

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This book takes an informative and entertaining look at royal weddings through English history.

The excitement surrounding the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton has prompted four of Britain's top historical biographers to look closely at Royal Weddings from 1066 to the present day. Professionally, Alison Weir, Kate Williams, Sarah Gristwood and Tracy Borman do events and television together, and are known affectionately, as the 'History Girls'. They bring an elan, and a passion for detail and dramatic narrative to all their subjects.

Each writer focuses on different areas of interest. Alison Weir deals with the medieval, Tudor and Stuart periods. Kate Williams scrutinises the Georgians and Victorians. Sarah Gristwood takes up the story in 1919, when Princess Patricia of Connaught revived the tradition of royal brides marrying in Westminster Abbey, and goes on to examine the weddings of the Queen Mother (1923), the Queen (1947), and Princess Margaret in 1960. Lastly, Tracy Borman brings the book right up to date, with accounts of the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer through to the fanfare that will celebrate the nuptials of Kate and William.

Every kind of wedding features -- from those attended by great public celebrations, to the many that took place in private chapels, parish churches and even in secret.

Fascinating anecdotal details are revealed in the course of this most informative and entertaining overview of royal weddings through history, some amusing, some poignant, some bawdy. The Ring and the Crown places the royal wedding of the heir to the throne in historical perspective, and it does so with carefully selected illustrations that help make the authors' insights come even more vividly alive. The Ring and the Crown: A History of Royal Weddings 1066-2011

Really loved this book it was very interesting. The narration was superb and had me listening till the end. Very well written and I really enjoyed this audiobook. Recommended. English The idea of a royal wedding still gets the general public twitterpated. Mass spectacles and media events surround the event, with hours of coverage before the event even takes place, particularly those in the House of Windsor. But these events have not always been such a grand affair, as the authors of this book explore in detail. British Royal Weddings have come a long way over the centuries and continue to evolve with the times. Alison Weir begins the discussion, tackling the largest time period from 1066-1714. In this time, Weir explores some of the early weddings, which were affairs that helped solidify more recent land holdings the British Crown defends as its own. In her unique writing style, Weir looks at many of the unions as being political or strongly related to territorial acquisitions. Throughout, there is a theme of the ‘hesitant bride’, forced into the union by her family to secure peace and normally a chaste virgin, who may have sometimes only met her husband the day before (or morning of) the wedding. Kate Williams tackles weddings from 1714 through to the end of the Great War, an equally interesting time. She builds on Weir’s view of unions as a means of land or political stability, as well as exploring hesitant players. In one example, she tells of George, Prince of Wales, who set eyes upon his future wife (Caroline of Brunswick), but felt she was too plain to marry. He was coaxed into the union and did bring about an heir, though wanted it known that he still preferred his mistress. This was also the era of Princess Victoria, whose wedding cake was massive, weighing in at over 300 lbs. Williams adds that it was Victoria’s choosing a white dress that began the trend that is still in use today. Sarah Gristwood handles nuptials from 1918 through to 1960, which launched a new era of weddings, where the public was not only aware of events, but played a more active role. With fewer unions for political necessity, Gristwood describes these marriages as being more love-related, allowing the public to see the royals as human beings. Still, the public was also able to participate by actively listening to the ceremony on BBC (and eventually viewing it). Gristwood recounts protest to the BBC airing the wedding of the future George VI to Lady Elizabeth Bowles-Lyon over the air, as any common person could be listening to it in a public house and still wearing their hat (!!). This was also the time of the future Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding, one of the early events in televised royal pomp and circumstance. Tracy Borman writes of the last era of royal wedding (1961-2011), in which scandal and curses overshadowed many of the unions. The Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret began the era, followed by some of the lesser royals, until the Queen’s own children (Anne, Charles, and Andrew) all wed in the 1970s and 80s. Their marriages drew pomp, but fizzled for reasons the Borman discusses in her narrative. It was not until the latter part of this era, that royal weddings seemed to recover and find a strong foundation of love and commitment, which is where they ended when the book was published, awaiting Prince William’s union to Kate’s Middleton. There is no doubt that weddings of all sorts draw the attention of people, but it would seem those of the royal persuasion seem to pull people in and beg them to make a little something of the affair (no curse intended). Wonderfully crafted by these four female historians! Anyone with an interest in all things royal will surely enjoy this piece, if only to lose themselves for a few hours, or to find something to place atop the coffee table.

This guide through the world of royal weddings came out at the time that Prince William and Kate Middleton were engaged and awaited their big day. A wonderful collection of stories and images that helped personify the royal nuptials, as well as giving some well-known historians the chance to recount tales of the different unions. Collected in this book that I might call ‘coffee table literature’, it should not be discounted as having superficial writing. It is full of wonderful descriptions of events, just enough for the reader to have a general understanding without bogging them down. Tied to the writing, the book is full of sketches, etchings, paintings, and eventually photographs that add excitement to the stories being told. The authors have been able to accentuate their work with these colourful depictions, including some photos that take the reader back in time. Wonderfully collected, the four parts of the book read easily and the reader gets a general idea of what happened and how things progressed nicely. I can only hope that many will take the time to read this, if only for their own interest, to explore how royal weddings have progressed and some of the little-known facts that emerge. A great read that needs the printed book to give it the full impact, especially with all those photos throughout.

Kudos, Madams Weir, Williams, Gristwood, and Borman. This was the perfect compendium of royal weddings and I applaud you all for your dedication to this massive project.

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A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: English Not bad for what it is. Very readable but really focuses a ton of Willism and Kate. So fail for me English I wanted to give this book 🌟🌟🌟🌟. In fact before I started reading I was sure I would. But I was so disappointed by Weir’s section, which I realize was probably the one with the least known information. However, that section was just so expansive that as it creeped closer to the 1700s more detail could have been given. It was just so rote. Not like her style at all.
The other three sections were much more pleasant to read, much more informative. English This was a unique book, written around the time of the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Each era of marriages that begin with William the Conquerors is written by historians that focus on specific eras. I liked that the book was divided up so each writer focused on their area of expertise. The book looks at how marriages for royalty changed over the years and what parts of those marriages became trends and traditions for everyone. It's a unique spot history and a very enjoyable read. English

I really loved this although I think more details should have been included about earlier weddings. English My sister was right:

What a disappointment!

And to think I gave her this book--Goodreads, you let me down. This is not a 3.9-star book.

Four talented, smart women should have produced a much better book.

I blame their editor.

What I would have given for a snapshot of a family tree for each royal bride and groom (especially when it came to Queen Victoria's large brood). It doesn't have to be the entire tree--just a couple of branches with an entire, albeit abbreviated, family tree in the front of the book. I couldn't keep anything straight--and I know quite a bit of British history!

And more photos. Yes, more photos. And did you really have to include that blurry photo of Queen Elizabeth at her wedding TWICE?! It made no sense. The star of the show was just a white blur.

And paragraphs that are more cohesive. And sentences that did less--packing twenty facts into one sentence does not make for good read. It just makes for a long slog.

And headings. This book would benefit from headings. People just run together--which is not how this book should be. It should be scannable, easy to find your favorites.

See, I am right: a good editor would have made this book wonderful, rather than just mediocre. English Marginal at best. I think I gave it two stars because it's a minimum for royal books in my sub-conscious. My first gripe is that the book was published after Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement. Long enough to know and publish the date, so why didn't they wait six months and include it? I don't think at this point it would be worth buying an updated version. Maybe after Prince Harry?

Most of the sections are a blur to me. It's very difficult to keep track of all of Queen Victoria's kids. I think one bride called May eventually became a Mary, but I'm not sure. Everything was so rushed. Some weddings received a paragraph and others a couple pages. Obviously, my favorite weddings were King George VI and on. The Queen Mum had a lot of spunk!

At best this book is good for a coffee table for the occasionally random reading. English Superficial. I was amazed that such eminent historians could collaborate on such a once-over-lightly telling of some amazing stories. Where were the footnotes, the sources, the evidence for the claims made? It was too obviously a work rushed out quickly to meet a public demand for anything royal wedding-related in 2011. Disappointing. English Yes, I've read every other book on British royals.

Yes, this was one of the worst I've read.

You'd think with authors like Alison Weir and Kate Williams, excellent royal scholars in their own rights, this book would be fairly decent. Instead, I was sorely disappointed. The book skipped around madly, and didn't clarify too many details - I knew most of the historical figures they were talking about from the War of the Roses and later, but I know that most people normally won't. Several family trees would have been enormously helpful, as well as some decent clarifications. One example: the authors refer to Prince Albert Victor as Eddy, which is certainly correct. However, they never actually say that Albert Victor was called Eddy, which leads to a lot of confusion. Mistakes like these, as well as not framing historical figures within the context of the rest of those mentioned, littered the pages of The Ring and the Crown.

Overall: 1.5/5. Might be the lowest rating I've given a book, aside from the drivel by Stephanie Meyer, but god knows it doesn't deserve anything higher. English