Pagination

600-716 pages


Henry III - 716


Henry II - 630


Edward II - 613


Edward III - 603



500-600 pages


Edward I - 567


Henry IV - 541


William the Conqueror (Bates) - 528


Henry VIII - 526



400-500 pages


Henry I - 498


Richard II - 467


George III - 451


Henry V - 443


William Rufus - 437


Edward IV - 426


The Minority of Henry III - 412


Queen Anne (Yale 2nd edition) - 405



300-400 pages


Richard III (Hicks) - 392


William the Conqueror (Douglas) - 376


Philip II of Spain - 375


Henry VI - 358


Mary I - 350


Richard I - 348


King Stephen - 339


Henry the Young King - 326


Æthelred - 325


Henry VII - 322


James I - 321


Eleanor of Aquitaine - 313



To 300 pages


Edward the confessor - 298

(Comprising 288 pages of text and 10 pages of introduction in preliminary numbers)


George II - 296


Richard III (Ross) - 292

(Comprising 229 pages of text and 53 pages of introduction in preliminary numbering)


George IV - 288


George I - 284

(Comprising 298 numbered pages but the author’s text starts at page 15 and counting starts on the 1978 half-title page (Thames & Hudson/Harvard) and the 2001 Foreword (Yale), so 14 pages are deducted from the total of 298 to be 284)


King John - 259


Æthelstan - 250


Matilda - 250

*Matilda is placed after Æthelstan in this table because the font in Matilda is larger than most Yale books, certainly larger than in Æthelstan, and therefore the content is not as extensive for the same number of pages.


Louis the Lion - 247


James II - 242 (Methuen and Yale are the same. Wayland printing couldn’t be found)


Cnut - 213  


Edward VI - 184

Who doesn’t enjoy reading a league’s table, or standing by railway tracks writing down the numbers of the passing carriages? Feel the need to create lists? Then this is the page for you.


The books that comprise the English Monarchs series, and those associated with it, vary in length from about 200 pages to nearly 800 pages. However, not all are equally embellished with other content between the covers. Some have extensive indexes while others pull up rather short in that department, often in those books published early in the run. Some have prefaces, others not. The extensiveness of bibliographies depends on the wideness of the research (difficult for the Saxon kings) or the quantity of secondary sources. W.L. Warren wrote at the head of the index to his 1961  ‘King John’ that, “The following list of authorities is not intended to be an exhaustive survey of works bearing upon John’s reign.” In comparison, David Carpenter’s bibliography in the 2020 ‘Henry III’ ran to twenty-seven pages of very small text.


Therefore in an effort to standardise the comparison of the “length” of each book the page numbers below indicate the length of the author’s text, without including the supporting content such as: index, bibliography, preface, maps and generally the content in the preliminary pages - those pages given Roman numerals. There are exceptions to this as indicated.


Note that Yale reprints of Methuen books, as far as can be ascertained, have the same pagination, though George I proved to be an interesting comparison, as detailed below. The pagination was determined by a mixture of original Eyre/Methuen books, the Yale reprints and the Yale-published titles from 1997.


Even with these qualifications, some books are enlarged by copious footnotes - see David Carpenter's Henry III or Charles Ross' Edward IV. At least the font size is more or less similar, making comparisons less odious


So to answer the question you are asking - what is the longest book in the series…?

An early cat-alogue, achieved by pawing through the books - one purr day.


Abberville book of hours, 15th Century.