Troubador The Little Book of Monarchs

Released: 28/08/2018

ISBN: 9781789016574

Format: Paperback

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The Little Book of Monarchs

English History with a Smile on Its Face


This is probably the most concise English history book ever published. Tony Boullemier has vividly summed up all 42 rulers of England since 1066. Each reign is condensed into five key bullet points and illustrated by a clever cartoon that sticks in the memory. It sorts out all those Edwards, Henrys and Georges – their major battles, the rebellions they faced and the bizarre ways many of them died. For younger readers, aged 10 upwards, The Little Book of Monarchs will provide a chronological narrative, giving a firm foundation for future history studies. For students and older readers, it will be an indispensable reference book – a short and snappy aide memoire to our bloody and glorious past. For everyone, it’s history with a smile on its face! Tony wrote this book as a response to the falling standards of history teaching in schools – he feels that less and less time is devoted to the subject and that children are often offered only two or three significant periods to study. He feels they are simply not getting a proper perspective, and hopes to address this by taking the reader chronologically through the ages.

The Little Book of Monarchs has become a big seller wherever it’s sold and wherever the author appears to give talks about it.
Numerous groups have booked talks and it’s being used in schools ranging from prep schools and primaries to public schools.
And one eight-year-old reader was able to put his teacher right with a question about the slightly obscure King William lV and supply him with some important facts about his reign.
Several Waterstones branches are stocking the book along with WHS Northampton and other retailers.
And numerous websites and bloggers are featuring The Little Book of Monarchs as a great buy for children and adults.
This bears out what TV historian Suzannah Lipscomb said before publication: "It's a wonderfully accurate and fascinating little guide."

LEONIE AND THE LAST NAPOLEON - available as an ebook for just 99p for four weeks from August 18th

LEONIE and the last Napoleon is a novel set in France's Second Empire. When shimmering gaslights, artistic delights and racy nightlife made Paris the Capital of Light and Pleasure.
The Second Empire was created by Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of the first great Emperor.
After spending most of his life in exile, he seized his chance to return to Paris in 1848 when the mob overthrew King Louis-Philippe.
Louis Napoleon was elected as France's first president and in 1851 staged a coup d'etat to extend his four year term to ten years. The following year he was elected Emperor.
The author's great grandmother Leonie was brought up amidst this brilliant carnival atmosphere. But with it came danger.
Louis Napoleon’s policies caused the Empire to lurch from calamity to crisis as France faced overwhelming odds.

"Public scandals and private passions in Paris at its liveliest. A racy tale about a fascinating period."
RICHARD HOLMES, television historian and author.

"Historical hit. A riveting read"
KELVIN MacKENZIE, broadcaster and ex-editor of The Sun.

"Action-packed. A rollicking good read"
ASHLEY WALTON, royal author.

"Pacy, authentic and gripping"
PAUL TORDAY, author of "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen".

"Sweeping historical romance . . . swashbuckling saga"
VAUGHAN TUCKER, Northampton Chronicle & Echo.

"Incredible. A romp of a read"
JOHN MARQUIS, Evening Tribune, Bahamas.

"Gripping . . . political intrigue, bloody battles and a tender love story"

STOP PRESS: The ebook version of Leonie has been reduced from £4.99 to just 99p for a four week period from August 18th. Why not download it onto your device today via this link:

The author is always pleased to talk to interested groups about the novel and the times it is set in. Please visit his website (below) for details of this year's programme and how to book him.

This is a little work of genius. Each monarch is dealt with in one easy-to-digest, entertaining and informative page. It shouldn't be thought of as simply a book for the guest room or loo: it's a really useful thing to have about the house to check the order of monarchs and which George did what and that sort of thing. My children love this book too and it has proved a great help to them in doing History projects and homework. My eldest son is particularly interested in History and it is no exaggeration to say it was this book that first whet his appetite, and I am very proud to say that he can now list all the monarchs in order - a feat his parents have yet to achieve!

by Charlotte M

If you fancy a rip-roaring romp through the upper tier of English history delivered with sizzling punchlines and accompanied by rib-tickling cartoons, this is the book for you. History delivered in quicksilver style; a good laugh and thoroughly entertaining. An absolute steal for Quiz Night.
An index makes it easy to dip into your favourite monarch. A litany of bizarre goings-on at court - personal eccentricities and deadly disasters. Starting with William the Conqueror (he of the 500 castles and 150,00 dead Brits) you flash through the Plantagenets, the Tudors and the Hanoverians right up to the present incumbent and her horrible year of 1992.
– David Laws, author of MUNICH The Man Who Said No!

by David Laws

Tony Boullemier

Tony Boullemier, born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1945, worked as a journalist there and in Fleet Street before starting his own newspaper group in Northampton.

He ran it for 14 years before selling it to one of the world's leading publishers.

He then freelanced, studied history and followed his many sporting interests.

He is married with two children.

His first book was a novel, Leonie and the last Napoleon, intriguingly based on his French ancestors.

His second title, The Little Book of Monarchs, is due out this summer. It's an illustrated book on England's kings and queens and promises history with a smile on its face.

Tony Boullemier

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