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Blood Royal: The Story of the Spencers and the Royals
     

Blood Royal: The Story of the Spencers and the Royals

by John Pearson
 

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When Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales in 1981, very little attention was given to her feudal family. The once powerful Spencer dynasty was in disarray and seemed to have outlived its usefulness. In the years following Diana's death, however, the spotlight has turned and remained on the Spencers. Members of what appeared to be a dysfunctional aristocratic

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When Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales in 1981, very little attention was given to her feudal family. The once powerful Spencer dynasty was in disarray and seemed to have outlived its usefulness. In the years following Diana's death, however, the spotlight has turned and remained on the Spencers. Members of what appeared to be a dysfunctional aristocratic family have more than come into their own.

First published in 1999, Blood Royal: The Story of the Spencers and the Royals addresses the questions surrounding the Spencer family story: their chequered history, their intriguing character, and, through the influence of Prince William, their future role within the monarchy. For while Diana left an indelible mark on the British nation and on those who loved and admired her around the world, she also left an indelible mark on the royal family of Windsor: her Spencer genes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Those who admire the late Princess of Wales and those who are drawn to accounts of English dynastic history will find the story of the Spencers engrossing.
Booklist
Sure to appeal to Royal watchers...a robust family history.
Library Journal
The late Princess of Wales, formerly Lady Diana Spencer, is probably the Spencer readers know best, but the family also includes the names Churchill and Marlborough and a number of fascinating stories. From the ancestor known and almost universally despised as ‘Shameless Sunderland’ and ‘the great apostate of Althorp’ to the legendary Sarah Marlborough...and Diana herself, the Spencers are an extremely interesting family. Here, Pearson makes it obvious why Diana Spencer could never be the quiet and complaisant wife Prince Charles and the Royal Family were expecting. The story is entertaining and involving....Strongly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781448207770
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
770,058
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

John Pearson was born in 1930, and educated at King's College School, Wimbledon and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read history.

He has worked on various newspapers, including the Economist, The Times, and The Sunday Times where for a time he wrote the Atticus column.

After the success of his Life of Ian Fleming, he decamped with wife and family to Rome, where he lived for some years. Mr Pearson returned to England to research and write the life and times of the Kray brothers in The Profession of Violence and has since written many more successful works of both fiction and non-fiction. Biographies remain his specialty with accomplished studies of the Sitwells, Winston Churchill and the Royal Family following his earlier successes.
John Pearson was born in 1930, and educated at King's College School, Wimbledon and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read history.

He has worked on various newspapers, including the Economist, The Times, and The Sunday Times where for a time he wrote the Atticus column.

After the success of his Life of Ian Fleming, he decamped with wife and family to Rome, where he lived for some years. Mr Pearson returned to England to research and write the life and times of the Kray brothers in The Profession of Violence, on which the Tom Hardy film Legend is based, and the follow-up, The Cult of Violence. He has since written many more successful works of both fiction and non-fiction. Biographies remain his specialty with accomplished studies of the Sitwells, Winston Churchill and the Royal Family following his earlier successes.

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