A Dynasty Revealed
A compelling and revelatory biography of the royal family.
This enthralling and revealing biography of the royal family, based on research done for the four-part TV documentary of the same name, tells the story of the House of Windsor from its foundation in 1917 to the present day.
Drawing on private papers and personal reminiscences which extend from George V to Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the authors explain how the monarchy has re-created itself down the ages. Its power to survive crises like the First World War (when the dynasty changed its German name), the abdication of King Edward VIII, royal divorces and the death of Diana, is analysed in depth for the first time. So is the use of glittering ceremonies like coronations, jubilees and royal marriages, as well as 'invented traditions' like the investiture of Prince Wales at Caernarvon. The authors also explore the crucial role of the press - from the organised silence which surrounded Wallis Simpson and the vital part played by regal matriarchs like Queen Mary and the Queen Mother to the creation of Diana as a popular icon.
Frank, entertaining and authoritative, this family portrait penetrates the myths surrounding the throne and anatomises the magic of majesty as never before.
“The briskest and liveliest Windsor retrospective... as humbig-free and insight-laden as the television series on which it is based.”
Anthony Holden, Sunday Times