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The Rise and Fall of the House of Windsor
     

The Rise and Fall of the House of Windsor

by A. N. Wilson, Windsor
 

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"For those who seek coherence beyond the weekly wrap-up offered by PEOPLE magazine comes a book that ponders the deeper effects of this slow decline of the world's last great monarchy....An interesting overview of what has happened to royalty."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Divorce and separation. Steamy telephone tapes. Brewing custody battles. Embarrassing photographs. Is

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"For those who seek coherence beyond the weekly wrap-up offered by PEOPLE magazine comes a book that ponders the deeper effects of this slow decline of the world's last great monarchy....An interesting overview of what has happened to royalty."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Divorce and separation. Steamy telephone tapes. Brewing custody battles. Embarrassing photographs. Is the House of Windsor self-destructing? The brilliant writer A.N. Wilson, whose biographies include C.S. Lewis and Toltoy, sets out to answer this vexing and fascinating question in his spectacular new book. An observer and writer of great style and an Englishman of particular opinions, Wilson is uniquely placed to rail about the royal follies even as he defends the monarchy's usefulness. He asserts that the Windsors have actually gained in political power under Elizabeth II, and puts all the naughty goings-on in a historical context. A riches-to-ruin saga as bizarre as any novel, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR is by far the most intelligent—and most surprising—account of the catastrophe that the Royal Family have brought on themselves.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wilson presents a savvy and gossipy look at the history of the Windsor family and the future of the British monarchy. (June)
Library Journal
Wilson poses the question ``Can the British monarchy (and the House of Windsor) survive?'' The ensuing discussion is interesting, but wading through the unsubstantiated allegations is tiresome. In particular, Wilson objects to Prince Charles, whom he finds totally unsuitable to be king, based principally on the fact that Charles did not attend Eton and that he made what some consider an ill-judged speech in 1992 while the British government was engaged in delicate trade negotiations. Wilson first defines the monarchy today as having only three functions and then sets out to prove that Charles and the Windsors cannot fulfill them. He contends that Britain needs a wholesome royal family to act as role models and fulfill various ceremonial duties but who are, as individuals, too dull to inspire public interest. Wilson is the author of numerous novels and biographies (e.g., C.S. Lewis , LJ 2/15/90; Eminent Victorians , LJ 6/1/90). Buy this if you must, but there's nothing new in fact, just interpretation.-- Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.

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ISBN-13:
9780449909324
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/10/1994
Edition description:
1st Ballantine Bks. ed
Pages:
224

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