Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Giveaway and Book Review: Assassination: The Royal Family's 1000 Year Curse by David Maislish

4 stars
Genres: History
Format: Paperback
498 pages
Published by Indepenpress
Published on September 1st 2012
ISBN: 1780031483
ISBN13: 9781780031484
Where to Buy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble
View on Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Never told before, Assassination is the revelation of a 1000-year curse that has shaken the monarchy from Canute to Elizabeth II.

After years of painstaking research, David Maislish uncovers the murder or attempted murder of every single King and Queen.

Here is English history without the things that sent us to sleep in school; instead brought to life with a series of royal murders and near murders.

Read how a quarter, perhaps as many as half, of our Kings and Queens were killed - even one in the twentieth century.

It is all in Assassination - the Royal Family's 1000-year cure.

My Review:
Every one is trying to kill the British?  This story successfully puts all of those attempts (and successes) into striking perspective.  The book’s structure is informative without being boring with a brief history of each reign for context.  The assassinations are the central theme of the story and the author is able to present each fate in an entertaining and thrilling manner.  

I would highly recommend this book to people that are interested in this tidbits of history while being intrigued by the suspenseful story.

Note: I received this book via Netgalley.

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  1. This looks like a very interesting premise. I actually found the author interview on Amazon very helpful because it told me that there was context and other interesting facts aside from the assassinations.

    I wonder how the percentage of monarchs who were murdered differs from the royals of nations other than Britain.

  2. My favorite topic in history is a toss up between the Tudors, the French Revolution, and I love reading about the Czars of Russia!