Kings and Queens (Hardcover)

By Eleanor Farjeon, Herbert Farjeon, Rosalind Thorneycroft (Illustrator)

British Library, 9780712358507, 88pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2011



First published in 1932, Herbert and Eleanor Farjeon's Kings and Queens of England has attained the status of a children's classic. The charming poems, each one dedicated to a different King or Queen, tell the story of the 41 English monarchs from since William I in a humorous and charming way that has delighted generations of children and their parents. This beautiful facsimile edition features the wonderful original illustrations by the artist Rosalind Thornycroft, and it is the first time that it has been published in this form since 1953.

About the Author

Eleanor Farjeon (1881 1965) was a writer and poet and playwright. While best known for her children s verse and stories, she was also a regular contributor to Punch Magazine (1914 17), and wrote the words of the popular hymn "Morning has Broken." Herbert Farjeon (1887 1945) was a drama critic, writer, playwright, theater manager, and theater researcher. He was the brother of Eleanor Farjeon."

Praise For Kings and Queens

“Seminal. . . . Brilliantly delineates our national past for the young.”—Antonia Fraser

-Antonia Fraser

“I was quite literally brought up on these brilliant verses. . . . The contain everything a child needs to know about our Kings and Queens, bringing each one unforgettably to life. Parents will ignore them at their peril.”—John Julius Norwich

-John Julius Norwich