|Books about Monarchy|
Posted on Jul 29, 2002 – 06:02 AM by Anthony Waldstock
This is a selective catalogue of books about the British Monarchy which are in print and available from most high-street bookshops and the on-line bookstores. The catalogue is a growing one and more books will be added as they are published. Some out of print books can be found in specialist bookshops and, sometimes, in the major on-line bookstores. If you are having difficulty in finding a particular book, whether in or out of print, we might be able to help you. Contact us for details of our .
1:The Oxford Illustrated History of the British MonarchyBy John Cannon and Ralph A. Griffiths, this is part of the Oxford Illustrated Histories Series. The rich pageant of Britain’s history emerges nowhere more colourfully than in the story of its kings and queens. This spectacular book offers the most authoritative account of the British monarchy ever published for the general reader. With over 400 illustrations–a third of them in colour–it traces the crown’s full history from Anglo-Saxon times to the present.2:Elizabeth: Fifty Glorious YearsBy Jennie Bond. The author has been the BBC’s royal correspondent for the past 25 years and was therefore well placed to observe the changes to and evolution of the Monarchy at the end of the 20th century. This book is indeed a celebration which chronicles the first fifty years of the reign decade by decade. The Queen emerges here as something of a “working mother” who respects the wishes and acts of her children, however much she might herself disapprove of some of their actions. She also comes across as an ordinary person who would much prefer to be out walking the dogs or at the races than anything else. Bond reviews all the important scandals and affairs of state in the reign and illustrates them with a generous helping of photographs.3: The Queen Mother: Chronicle of a Remarkable Life 1900-2000This book is a comprehensive account of the fascinating life story of the “Queen Mum.” It opens with a beautiful 16-page photo album and goes on to chart the Queen Mother’s life from 1900 to the lead-up to her 100th birthday. Chronological summaries cover major national and international events and put the Queen Mother’s life into historical context.4:Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth IIRobert Lacey’s recent biography is a revelatory examination of Elizabeth II as a human being and of an institution shaped over the years by the wishes and dreams — and sometimes the anger and unhappiness — of the British people. As such, it is both a celebration and an analysis of the world’s best-known monarchy. Monarch brings Elizabeth to life as never before: “Lillibet” as a baby, being instructed in the proper way to wave to a crowd; as a child, inspiring her people with radio addresses through the Blitz; annotating her books on constitutional law with carefully written notes on how to be a queen; and falling in love with her cousin Philip at age thirteen. Here is Elizabeth ascending the throne at twenty-six as the subject of the world’s first worldwide television broadcast, watched by virtually everyone in the United States who owned a TV. This is the inside story of the world’s most watched family, for whom the attention of millions has been attracted to each triumph or scandal. But this is aslo the story of Elizabeth herself: her bravery in the face of family crises and IRA assassination threats; her lifelong love affair with Philip (and its not always salutary effect on her children); and her heroic — and very English — understanding of the duty of a constitutional monarch. No matter what opinion readers have already formed about the Queen, Monarch is certain to remind them of her remarkable resilience, simplicity, character, and courage.5:Prince Charles: The Sustainable PrinceJoan Veon, a United Nations correspondent for four years, has come to believe that the connection between the British royal family and the United Nations is not coincidental but provides the way for America to be rejoined with Britain. She states that when the Senate ratified the United Nations Charter, America reverted back under British rule thus fulfilling the goals of Cecil Rhodes, the diamond and gold magnate, who left his fortune to achieve this very goal. What this means is that Prince Charles, as heir to the British throne, has a bigger role to play in world affairs than what people could imagine. She knows that he is a “Renaissance man” and a man with a mission. As a result of his behind-the-scenes role at the United Nations, Prince Charles is responsible for changing the order of life from the biblical perspective of man having dominance over the earth to one in which the earth has dominance over man. One of the major environmental philosophies which runs tantamount to this is that of “sustainable development.” Because of his global orchestrations, she has dubbed Charles “the sustainable prince.” This is a must read for all those who seek to understand the day and the hour and the powers that rule over us.6:Queen and Country: The Fifty-Year ReignTo celebrate the Golden Jubilee, William Shawcross, an award-winning writer and journalist, has written an intimate and revealing portrait of the Queen and an absorbing narrative of how the faces of the monarchy, Britain, and the world have changed over the past fifty years. Britain today bears little resemblance to the country the Queen inherited in 1952. There is more criticism than deference; the institution of the monarchy is no longer accepted unquestioningly. Yet, as Shawcross describes here, Elizabeth’s long and valiant, sometimes difficult, always challenging reign shows us a monarch who has risen admirably to the occasion and has held the country and the commonwealth together.7:Princess Diana, The House of Windsor and palm BeachThis book by H. J. Roberts charts America’s Fascination With “The Touch of Royalty”. It presents a comprehensive account of visits to Palm Beach by Princess Diana and other members of the royal family, and the events and impact of Diana’s death — both internationally and in Palm Beach. This book represents personal social contact, 12 years of research, and previously unpublished observations, including Diana’s eating disorder.
8:Diana: The Peoples PrincessThis new study by Melissa Burdick Harmon will not be published until January 2003 but it can be ordered in advance.9:The Queen and Di: The Untold StoryRising above the caricatures that colour the popular press, Ingrid Seward depicts a queen who tried her best to accommodate Diana – who was never shy in voicing her displeasure. She had, too, an undeniable flair for recruiting the media to her cause but constantly complained about the intrusion of the press into a fairy-tale life that “turned into a Gothic nightmare.” Diana’s insistence on airing her dirty laundry in public was bound to irritate the ever-sensitive queen, but more, Seward writes, “in her demands for love and sympathy, she gave self-fulfilment precedence over duty” – and for Elizabeth, dereliction of duty was the greatest possible sin one could commit. Their relationship could end only in tears; and so it did, taking much of the English public’s good will toward the royal family with it.10:Diana’s Boys:William and Harry and the Mother They Loved by Christopher Andersen. Four years after Diana’s death, Prince William and his brother Prince Harry,dubbed “the heir and the spare,” by Fleet Street, are two of the most photographed, written-about, and speculated-about young men. In this much-anticipated sequel to his bestselle, “The Day Diana Died”, Christopher Andersen draws on important sources to paint this sympathetic yet often startling portrait of William and Harry, and reveals how their mother remains a constant presence in their lives.11: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother : Woman of the CenturyThis is a lavish guide to the seemingly indestructible mother of the British Royal Family. She was plain Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons to her fellow debutantes in 1919, but fate in the shape of an American divorcee intervened and she became Queen of England, wife to the reluctant George VI. She refused to leave London in the Blitz and seemed relieved when Buckingham Palace was bombed and she could “look the East end in the eye”.12:Requiem: Diana, Princess of Wales 1961-1997Memories and Tributes edited by Brian MacArthur. This is a beautiful and moving book. While it contains no photographs (except for the cover), it is full of moving tributes and personal accounts of Diana from her friends and many well-known British and American journalists. It also contains various excerpts from newspapers and magazines in the days immediately following her death.13:Diana: Portrait of a PrincessAlone among award-winning photographers, Jayne Fincher snapped some of the most private moments ever seen of the late Princess Diana. Diana: Portrait of a Princess contains never-before-seen photos from the early 1980s until Diana’s death in August of 1997. Fincher captures the shy, awkward Lady Spencer, the picture of innocence and bewilderment thrust onto the global stage. Later in this chronologically ordered collection we see this young woman evolve into the glamorous and sophisticated princess. Some of the most striking images reflect the raw emotion and revealing intimacy in Diana’s life, such as the private moments in which you can sense her fiercely tender devotion to her sons. Many of the natural, spontaneous shots depict a deeply distressed woman, trapped in a world of conformity, while still other pictures illustrate the growing strain in her loveless marriage to Prince Charles. Royal writer Judy Wade worked with Fincher to provide the text to go with these, the best of Fincher’s 30,000 candid images of Princess Di.14:Diana: Memory of a RoseThis book, published in the USA, is in coffee-table (9 by 12 inch glossy) format, ideal for gift-giving. It has over 150 colour pictures of Princess Diana’s career and a compelling text by Susan Maxwell Skinner, a noted royal author. Stunning pictures are by royal photographer Anwar Hussein. Every copy of this limited edition book is signed by the author. It is only available from on-line stores. Exquisitely designed, it is printed on heavy, glossy paper.15:The Lives of the Kings & Queens of EnglandSince 1066, forty people from ten dynasties have occupied the throne of England. This book contains lively biographies of each incumbent examining not only their personalities but also their contexts. In the nine centuries since the Norman invasion, the role and power of the crown have changed hugely, partly as a result of the characters and abilities of its various holders but also because of evolving historical circumstances. The individual biographies touch on politics, society and the economy to highlight important features of a reign but, above all, they convey the personal histories, the strengths, weaknesses and convictions of the monarchs and the impact they had on their kingdom.