On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry into Some Strangely Related Families

On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry into Some Strangely Related Families

by Jeremy Paxman

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The notable characteristic of the royal families of Europe is that they have so very little of anything remotely resembling true power. Increasingly, they tend towards the condition of pipsqueak principalities like Liechtenstein and Monaco—fancy-dress fodder for magazines that survive by telling us things we did not need to know about people we have hardly heard of.

How then have kings and queens come to exercise the mesmeric hold they have upon our imaginations? In On Royalty renowned BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman examines the role of the British monarchy in an age when divine right no longer prevails and governing powers fall to the country's elected leaders. With intelligence and humor, he scrutinizes every aspect of the monarchy and how it has related to politics, religion, the military and the law. He takes us inside Buckingham Palace and illuminates the lives of the monarchs, at once mundane, absurd and magical. What Desmond Morris did for apes, Paxman has done for these primus inter primates: the royal families. Gilded history, weird anthropology and surreal reportage of the royals up close combine in On Royalty, a brilliant investigation into how an ancient institution struggles for meaning in a modern country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786721566
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 07/31/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,085,429
File size: 490 KB

About the Author

Jeremy Paxman is a journalist, best known for his work presenting BBC's Newsnight and University Challenge. His books include Friends in High Places, The English and The Political Animal. He lives in Oxfordshire, England.

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On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry Into Some Strangely Related Families 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Paxman might have called this "On British Royalty," since he barely glances on the monarchs of other countries, and has absolutely nothing on any royalty not from Europe. He provides a stimulating and enlightening discussion on the solemn absurdity that is the British Royal Family, touching on historical figures as well. I was impressed.
stephaniechase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christopher Hitchens gave it a good review in the New York Times, but I just couldn't get into it. Paxman's writing is just too pedantic for me, and did not make this subject -- the always fascinating one of royal families -- enticing. I did have fun, though, looking through the index and reading snippets. Who could resist reading more about "Hawaii: dynastic incest, 45" or "Zog, King of the Albanians, 30-2, 35, 29-40, 43"?
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Why is every one in my room lol
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What book is it? This is res ninebon my nook
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