The Ring and the Crown: A History Of Royal Weddings

by Sian Merrylees on Tuesday, 5 April 2011

The Ring and the Crown is a fascinating romp through royal weddings from as far back as 1066 to present day. Compiled by four historians who focus on different periods, Alison Weir deals with the medieval, Tudor and Stuart periods, Kate Williams scrutinises the Georgians and Victorians then 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 , the Queen (1947), and Princess Margaret in 1960. Tracy Borman ends the book with the wedding of Prince Charles to 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.

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