The Rough Guide to the Royals

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Rough Guides, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Just in time for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 celebrating Queen Elizabeth's sixtieth year of rule, The Rough Guide to the Royals offers background and insight into one of the world's oldest monarchies — plus plenty of juicy stories.

This entertaining Rough Guide casts a quizzical eye over the current royal family, from former Olympic horse rider Anne to current favorites William and Kate. It answers such burning questions as what they do, where they get their money, how fundamentally British they are they, and just who is twelfth in the line to the throne. (One-year-old Savannah Phillips is the answer.)

British writing duo Alice Hunt and James McConnachie look at the most extravagant royal ceremonies, most heated debates, and the most controversial figures, from wife-murderer Henry VIII to the scandalous Caroline of Brunswick (who was banned from her husband's coronation but turned up anyway).

The best and the worst monarchs are reassessed, with investigations into how the likes of alleged nephew-killer and hunchback Richard III achieved their villainous reputations. The image of the monarchy is also examined — whether it's in commemorative ceramics, respectful movies such as The King's Speech, or more critical fare.

This wide-ranging look at Britain's royals and the worldwide media circus that surrounds them informs and amuses.

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User Review  - TX1955 - LibraryThing

This book is very well researched and written. The book contains information on anything that you might want to know about the Royal Family down to tatoos. Very enjoyable reading and I would recommend it to anyone who is wants to know more about Britain's Royal Family throughout the years. Read full review

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Interesting tidbits on the Royal family, present and past. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Simon Schamais University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and the prize-winning author of seventeen books, including The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens, Landscape and Memory, Rembrandt's Eyes, the History of Britaintrilogy and The Story of the Jews. He is a contributing editor of the Financial Timesand his award-winning television work as writer and presenter for the BBC includes the fifteen-part A History of Britainand the eight-part, Emmy-winning Power of Art.

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