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The Head That Wears a Crown: Poems about Kings and Queens

The Head That Wears a Crown: Poems about Kings and Queens


Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Dai’an Wright

“Take a leg of roasted ewe.

Take a cup of steaming stew.

Take a tour and take the view.

Take your cloak off, and your shoes.


Take our land and take our stars.

Take our jewellery, coins and furs.

Take our plough and take our horse.

Take our children from their mothers.”

–  Excerpted from ‘From Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni, to Gaius Suetonius Paullinus, on the occasion of his invasion’, by Kirsten Irving, in The Head that Wears the Crown.

An Emma Press Children’s Poetry Collection
Approximate reading age: for children aged 8+

Page count: 168

Publication date: 6 Dec 2018

Paperback ISBN: 9781910139769

Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

Rachel Piercey is a poet and editor for adults and children. She regularly performs her poems and runs writing workshops at schools and festivals across the country. Emma Wright runs The Emma Press.


Which King had a mischievous pet monkey? Which ruthless Queen enjoyed toasting people to a crisp? Whose reign lasted only nine days? The Head That Wears A Crown is a captivating collection that features the Kings and Queens of the British Isles as you’ve never seen them before.

Read Queen Victoria’s Twitter posts and young Elizabeth I’s letters to her father’s latest wife. Hear the muddy marching song of King Harold’s soldiers and learn which royal was Danish as a pastry, but nothing like as sweet! Intriguing, comical and accompanied by fascinating historical facts, these vibrant poems are a joy to read, bringing a long line of daring and devious monarchs to life.

A gorgeous deluxe paperback, with gold foiling on the front cover (of course) and flaps.

With poems by Aileen Ballantyne, Meghan Ballard, Jeremy Bowam, Melanie Branton, Carole Bromley, Jane Burn, John Canfield, Mary Anne Clark, Rebecca Colby, Shauna Darling Robertson, Julie Anna Douglas, Matthew Haigh, Jack Houston, Kirsten Irving, Anna Kisby, David McKelvie, Emma Rose Millar, Fiona Mills, Brian Moses, Laura Mucha, Alan Murphy, Rachael M Nicholas, Richard O’Brien, Kate O’Neil, Suzanne Olivante, Catherine Olver, J H Rice, Catherine Rockwood, Toby Sligo, Jennifer Watson, Jeremy Wikeley, Kate Wise, Elli Woollard, Ros Woolner, and Dharmavadana.

Additional information

Dimensions 15 × 21 cm

Paperback, eBook
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