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Kings&Queens of England and Scotland

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This is a new edition of the drama and history of Britain's royal lineage from the Saxons to the Windsors. Don't know your Albert from your Ethelred? Which Henry had six wives, and which was crowned at eight years old? "Kings&Queens of England and Scotland" is the essential guide that will help you sort your Tudors from your Stuarts, and discover how each monarch helped to shape the country we live in today. Easy to read biographies of each sovereign highlight key dates and achievements and family trees illustrate relations and ancestors - new edition includes noteworthy recent events in the Royal Family including the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton." Kings&Queens of England and Scotland" is suitable for those just beginning their journey into royal history or for those who simply want to check their facts.

Издательство: "Dorling Kindersley" (2011)

ISBN: 978-1-4053-7367-8

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Plantagenet Somerset Fry

Infobox Person
name = Plantagenet Somerset Fry

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birth_date = 3 January 1931
birth_place =
death_date = 10 September 1996 [http://www.cix.co.uk/~archaeology/cia/reports/somersetfry22.htm cix.co.uk] accessed 11 December 2007]
death_place = Wattisfield, Suffolk
education = Lancing College and St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School
occupation = Writer
spouse = Audrey Russell, Daphne York, Leri Butler, Fiona Whitcombe
parents = Peter Kenneth Llewellyn Fry and Ruth Emily nee Marriott
children =

Plantagenet Somerset Fry, born Peter George Robin Fry (3 January 1931 – 10 September 1996), was a British historian and author of more than 50 books. [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19960921/ai_n14065119 Obituary, The (London) Independent, Roy Calne, 21 September 1996] accessed 11 December 2007] In his youth he added Somerset to his surname by deed poll, and Plantagenet was a nickname which he adopted at university, relating to his advocacy of Richard III.

Early life

Peter George Robin Fry was born in 1931, and was the third child and only son of a distinguished naval officer and pianist. [http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/news/04050501.html ArchiveHub] accessed 11 December 2007] He was educated at Lancing College in West Sussex, and St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School, London, but did not do well at either institution. After failing his exams, he had to leave St. Thomas's after a year. From this point on his father refused to subsidise him any more, so Fry found employment as a librarian and projectionist with the National Film Board of Canada. In 1952 he inherited some money from his grandmother, left his job and married Audrey Russell, whom he had known at medical school, against his parents' wishes. After spending all his money, and failing another degree, Fry became a schoolteacher in Weybridge, Surrey.


In 1954 Fry went to Oxford University to study law and history. Needing more money, he twice took part in the television game show "Double Your Money", and won the jackpot of £512, making him somewhat of a celebrity, and had his first book, "Mysteries of History", published, soon followed by a biography of Elizabeth I. This was the start of a successful writing career, and over the years he wrote numerous popular books about history for adults and for children, as well as books about antiques. He also started an organisation called the Council for Independent Archaeology.

Personal life

Although Fry's professional life was successful, his personal life was unhappy. His first marriage to Audrey Russell was dissolved in 1957, and the following year he married Daphne York. Unfortunately she was soon diagnosed with an incurable form of kidney cancer, although Fry never let her know it. After her death in 1961, he set up a medical research trust in her memory. He then married Leri Butler, a divorcée 24 years his senior. The marriage ended in divorce in 1973, and the following year he married Fiona Whitcombe, who survived him.

Fry was the victim of several car crashes, one of which confined him to a wheelchair for many years.

He did not use a literary agent, as he was often worried about his financial affairs.

In 1996, Fry was told he was dying of bowel cancer, but he refused treatment, and suffocated himself with a plastic bag at his home in Wattisfield, Suffolk at the age of 65, after writing a letter explaining his actions to the coroner.

elected works

* "Kings and Queens of England and Scotland"

* "Castles: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland"

* "History of the World"

* "1000 Great Lives"


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