A Brief History of the House of Windsor: The Making of a Modern Monarchy

A Brief History of the House of Windsor: The Making of a Modern Monarchy

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by Michael Paterson
     
 

The British monarchy may be over a thousand years old, but the House of Windsor dates only from 1917, when, in the middle of the First World War that was to see the demise of the major thrones of continental Europe, it rebranded itself from the distinctly Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the homely and familiar Windsor.

By redefining its loyalties to identify

Overview

The British monarchy may be over a thousand years old, but the House of Windsor dates only from 1917, when, in the middle of the First World War that was to see the demise of the major thrones of continental Europe, it rebranded itself from the distinctly Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the homely and familiar Windsor.

By redefining its loyalties to identify with its people and country rather than the princes, kings and emperors of Europe to whom it was related by birth and marriage, it set the monarchy on the path of adaptation, making itself relevant and allowing it to survive.

Since then, the fine line trodden by the House of Windsor between ancient and modern, grandeur and thrift, splendour and informality, remoteness and accessibility, and influence and neutrality has left it more secure and its appeal more universal today than ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780338040
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
06/20/2013
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
181,778
File size:
671 KB

Meet the Author

MICHAEL PATERSON is the author of several history books, including A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain, also published by Constable&Robinson.

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