Read The Great Survivors and you will look at our own royal family in a very different light.
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations have shone light not just on Elizabeth II and her six decades on the throne, but also on the institution she heads Over the years, many books have been written about this, the grandest and best known of the world's monarchies, and its individual members, both past and present.
By contrast, Europe's other monarchies, whether the Scandinavian, Belgian, Dutch or Spanish, remain a mystery to most Britons, beyond the occasional mentions of their sexual or financial indiscretions that appear in glossy magazines or on the foreign pages of newspapers. Yet these Continental royal families have much more in common with ours than we might think - not only because of the manner in which they are linked by intermarriage. The cultures and personalities may be different, but the challenges they face are remarkably similar.
The Great Survivors looks at monarchy in its broadest sense, attempting to set the British royal family in a European context, comparing and contrasting the history of the House of Windsor with that of its European counterparts. It also looks at monarchy today, in terms of its political role, the way it is financed, its relationship with the media, the threat it faces from republicanism - and the often controversial behaviour of its members.
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