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For those who find such things interesting, the following is a list of the publishers of the English Monarchs series and a brief description.


Eyre & Spottiswoode

Founded in 1739 as a London-based printing firm which graduated into a publisher in 1929.

Eyre & Spottiswoode Merged with Methuen in 1967 or 1968 to form Eyre Methuen. Soon afterwards the ‘Eyre’ was dropped.

ISBN Prefix: 0413

*Assigned to books reprinted or published from 1967.

Addresses given in the early books in the series:

22 Henrietta Street London WC2 (1964)

11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4 (1967)


Methuen was founded in 1889. Interestingly it commenced as a publisher of non-fiction academic texts, a policy that was current when the English Monarchs series commenced in 1964.

In 1987 the larger firm to which Methuen belonged, Associated Book Publishers, sold off its publishing units and Methuen separated from this arrangement in 1997 - about the time it passed the English Monarchs series to Yale.

ISBN Prefix: 0413

This is the same for Eyre & Spottiswood; Eyre Methuen and Methuen.

Methuen had several addresses during the 1960s and 1970s. Before it took the series from Eyre & Spottiswoode its office was located at:

36 Essex Street, The Strand, London WC2 - this is now expressed as 36 Essex Street, Temple, London WC2R 3AA.

From the end of the 1960s Methuen merged with Eyre & Spottiswoode to form Eyre Methuen at the Eyre & Spottiswoode address:

11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4

After the 'Eyre' was dropped in the company named Methuen moved again in the early 1970s to the addresses given in the books in the series issued with the Methuen imprint:

81 Fulham Road London SW3 6RB

This continued to be Methuen's address for the remainder of their tenure as custodians of the English Monarchs series. At an undetermined point after the mid-1990s their office moved from this address.

Methuen still exists - though in a much diminished state:

Recently (late 2016) they were in London at:

215 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, London

Their current address is in Yorkshire, about 30km north east of York:

Orchard House, Railway Street, Slingsby, York, YO62 4AN


Yale University Press (UK Office)

Yale University Press was Founded in 1908 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Yale has its second office in London for British publishing. Yale UK describes the history of the London office on their website. The London office was opened in 1961 to market books published by the US parent company. The office expanded to be a local publisher of its own British books in 1973. It also states proudly that Yale University Press is the only American-based university press with publication operations in Europe. Yale UK has a staff of about fifty.

ISBN Prefix: 0300

UK Address: 47 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DP

*For anyone who knows London, this address is over the road from The British Museum. How good is that! Yale University Press UK occupies a Grade 1 listed building of historical significance, and one of London's best preserved examples of Georgian architecture. This is a perfect setting for the issuer of the English Monarchs series, surely!


See the opposite column for detail of the Yale main office in the USA.


University of California Press

“Our mission is to disseminate scholarship of enduring value to multiple audiences”.

UC Press was founded in 1893. Some of the early English Monarchs books were printed by the UC Press for American distribution and these have the publishing address at the University’s Berkeley Campus.

ISBN Prefix: 0520

The current address is:

155 Grand Avenue, Suite 400, Oakland, CA 94612–3758


University of Alabama Press

Founded in 1945. Its mission statement is to serve " an agent in the advancement of learning and the dissemination of scholarship."

ISBN Prefix: 0942979

The current address is:

200 Hackberry Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


This publisher issued only one title in the series for North American distribution - James I in 1967, the second book. Thereafter Eyre & Spopttiswoode/Eyre Methuen in London partnered with the University of California Press, as they did with the previous book, William the Conqueror.

Yale University Press

Founded in 1908. Yale has its second office in London for British publishing.

The first part of Yale’s mission statement is on the internet in which they say commit themselves to “…publishing serious works that contribute to a global understanding of human affairs”. The website says since their 1908 founding the Press has sought to publish important works of scholarship.

ISBN Prefix: 0300

Current addresses

USA Addresses:302 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06511-8909

UK Address: 47 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DP

University bookstore: 77 Broadway, York Square, New Haven, CT


Trantor Media (Electronic media publisher)

Founded in California in 2000, early in the digial publishing era and now headquartered in Connecticut, USA. Trantor has been engaged by Yale University Press to issue unabridged audio versions of books which includes three "Companion" titles to date. Expect this number to swell with forthcoming titles and, perhaps, some of the older titles.

The company has been part of Recorded Books since 2015, and they state on their website that "Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks with operations in the US, UK, and Australia." Their website gives the statement,"Unforgettable, Unabridged Audiobooks".

Their mission is described as being "...dedicated to providing the highest quality audio experience, all for the best value."

Current address: 6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475