A Cavalcade of Queens
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“Bluff King Hal was full of beans;
He married half a dozen queens;
For three called Kate they cried the banns,
And one called Jane, and a couple of Annes…”
It's definitely a handy way to keep track of Henry VIII's wives! (The rest of the poem goes into more detail about the fates of each: "Anne of Cleves was Number Four; her portrait thrilled him to the core - but when he met her face to face, another royal divorce took place.")
The book includes some very charming commentary between the co-authors about some of the items included here; sounds like they had a lovely working relationship.
Entries include an Andrew Lang fairy tale, "The Billy Goat and the King"; the story "Royal Blue" by co-author William Mayne, in which a queen sends a trespassing boy on an errand - some awkward class-system bits here that definitely put the queen in a less-than-stellar light; a section on "Mistresses of the Robes" in which court records describe the more spectacular garb of Empress Eugenie of France, Queen Victoria, and the coronation dress of QEII. And there's much more!
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