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Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the British Royal Household

Thursday 01/November/2018 - 09:20 AM
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Edited By: Yara Sameh
An upstairsdownstairs history of the British royal court، from the Middle Ages to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Monarchs: they're just like us. They entertain their friends and eat and worry about money. Henry VIII tripped over his dogs. George II threw his son out of the house. James I had to cut back on the alcohol bills.

In Behind the Throne، historian Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the reality of five centuries of life at the English court، taking the reader on a remarkable journey from one Queen Elizabeth to another and exploring life as it was lived by clerks and courtiers and clowns and crowned heads: the power struggles and petty rivalries، the tension between duty and desire، the practicalities of cooking dinner for thousands and of ensuring the king always won when he played a game of tennis.

A masterful and witty social history of five centuries of royal life، Behind the Throne offers a grand tour of England's grandest households.

Hardcover: 416 pages
Author: Adrian Tinniswood
Publisher: Basic Books (October 2، 2018)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.6 x 9.8 inches

About the Author
Adrian Tinniswood is senior research fellow in history at the University of Buckingham and the author of The Long Weekend and The Verneys، which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He was awarded an OBE for services to heritage by her majesty، the Queen، and lives in Bath، England.

Editorial Reviews
"A glimpse into a world where everything is possible for the rulers، because the ruled do all the work: This sounds enchanting، and so Behind the Throne proves to be...The author has a wry humor and a way with a phrase."―Wall Street Journal

"Charmingly erudite...Like a seasoned tour guide، Tinniswood keeps us moving through chambers of wonders، from the Elizabethan to the modern era...Tinniswood is both a careful scholar and a nimble writer."―Washington Post

"Shrewdly observed and engagingly written...A cracking read، packed full of stories which Tinniswood relates with verve and wit."―Spectator (UK)

"Tinniswood (The Long Weekend) explores the inner workings of the well-oiled machine that is the household، servants، and monarchy of Britain...A masterpiece of history that reads like a novel; a true delight."―Library Journal (starred review)

"[Tinniswood] amply، entertainingly، compellingly succeeds in making the case that when it comes to British royalty، it takes a village to make a monarch."―New York Journal of Books

"[A] juicy new domestic history of the royal household...Tinniswood's magpie narrative is...about boundaries: the walls، literal and metaphorical، that separate monarchs from their people."―Guardian

"Fascinating...Never overly deferential، but humorous and distantly respectful. Our royals are human beings after all...Behind the Throne is a wonderfully entertaining account of life through five centuries of royal households."―Sunday Times

"Behind the Throne، erudite and amusing، bulges with colourful scenes of barely managed chaos at court."―Times

"[A] juicy new domestic history of the royal household...Delicious."―Observer

"This is the most interesting and informative book on the British royalty for many years."―Literary Review

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