Our Sporting Monarchs: Royalty at War and Play through the Ages (Hardcover)

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Sports of all kinds have played a crucial role in the reigns of our kings and queens. Some used it for purposes both brutal and mercenary, others to boost courage and prowess for war, and many because they enjoyed physical exercise and the thrills and excitement sport brings. Our Sporting Monarchs traces the involvement of royalty with sport from the Norman Conquest to modern times. It is an exciting, romantic and colourful story spanning 1,200 years of British history. Brought up in the archery butts, it was the English bowmen who won the Battle of Agincourt for King Henry V, while the Tudor sporting star, Henry VIII, wrestled for prestige with the French king on the Field of the Cloth of Gold. Learn about Queen Elizabeth I's surprising passion for blood sports like bear-baiting, Charles I's bitter quarrel with the Puritans over Sunday sport (which hastened the onset of the English Civil War), and discover how George V and VI's racing pigeons were commandeered for messages in the two World Wars.

About the Author

Keith Baker is the author of two previous books for Pitch Publishing and has written others of a historical and sporting nature. He is a retired senior civil servant and by temperament a historian and sports devotee. Keith was educated at Aberystwyth University and the London School of Economics. He lives in Sheffield, England.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781785318771
ISBN-10: 1785318772
Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd
Publication Date: November 14th, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English