The Rough Guide to the Royals

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405390040
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2012
  • Series: Rough Guide to... Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Hunt is a lecturer in English at the University of Southampton and a founder and former publisher at Atlantic books. Her research interests include ideas of queenship from the Tudor period to the present.

James McConnachie was born in London, educated in Oxford, and has written or contributed to numerous Rough Guide travel titles. He is the co-author of the Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories as well as The Book of Love: In Search of the Kamasutra and was nominated for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2008.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vi

1 House of Windsor 1

2 A British dynasty? 51

3 Heroes, villains and maverick monarchs 69

4 Pomp and ceremonies 120

5 Royal controversies 151

6 The royals debate 189

7 Royal representations 217

8 101 things you never knew about the British monarchy 243

Index 266

Picture credits 272

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