by David Mitchell


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    Books > History > Non-Fiction

    Think you know your kings and queens? Think again. In Unruly, David Mitchell explores how England’s monarchs, while acting as feared rulers firmly guiding their subjects’ destinies, were in reality a bunch of lucky sods who were mostly as silly and weird in real life as they appear today in their portraits. From King Arthur (spoiler: he didn’t exist) to Elizabeth I (spoiler: she dies), David tells the founding story of post-Roman England: a tale of narcissists, inadequate self-control, excessive beheadings, uncivil wars and at least one total Cnut. A funny book about a serious subject, Unruly is for anyone who has ever wondered how we got here – and who is to blame.

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