Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy

Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy

by David Starkey

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ISBN-13: 9780007424825
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 488
Sales rank: 256,374
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

David Starkey is Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the author of many books including ‘Elizabeth’; ‘Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII’ and ‘Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors’. He is a winner of the WH Smith Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History presented by Britain’s Historical Association. He is a well-known TV and radio personality. He was made a CBE in 2007. He lives in London.

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Crown and Country 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
pierthinker on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Most people believe the British monarchy to be a long unbroken line stretching into some unspecified medieval past where the whole panoply of state and parliament was born fully formed. In this book David Starkey presents a very different picture.The relationship between the monarchy and the political culture of Britain is long, but has been full of personality, revolution, civil conflict and enough skullduggery and excitement to match any other nation on Earth. It is clear that Britain¿s parliamentary democracy has evolved through those relationships the monarch formed with the leading political class - warlords, aristocracy or, latterly, leading political figures.A common theme is that Britain has always seen a monarchy as the preferred model for governing the nation. The argument has always been about how much personal power the monarch has and how much control over the monarch the governing structure, eventually, parliament, has.Starkey¿s book is a little whirlwind at times as he crams in all the action, but is always readable and always exciting. This excellent book provides anyone who needs it a perfect overview of Britain¿s monarchy and why they are so important to the structure of the country and the way we live now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done and easy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Sltarkey knows
Anonymous More than 1 year ago