The Royal Family may indeed have had a particularly "annus horribilis", but their history has long been fraught with crisis. In this provocative and wide-ranging account of the world's best-known family, the biographer, critic, novelist and outspoken social commentator A.N. Wilson surveys its history. He considers the question of whether the ...Read MoreThe Royal Family may indeed have had a particularly "annus horribilis", but their history has long been fraught with crisis. In this provocative and wide-ranging account of the world's best-known family, the biographer, critic, novelist and outspoken social commentator A.N. Wilson surveys its history. He considers the question of whether the British crown is still the home of the Constitution or whether, in its dangerous love-hate relationship with the world's press, it has become nothing more than a house of cards. From Saxe-Coburgs to Squidgygate, from Cromwell to Camilla Parker-Bowles, Wilson examines how an institution which once ruled the waves has now become a magnet for divorce and disaster, ruling only a media battlefield where its members are hounded to the tabloid press.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1994-05-23 Wilson presents a savvy and gossipy look at the history of the Windsor family and the future of the British monarchy. (June)
Publishers Weekly, 1993-05-03 An overwhelming majority of the British people, asserts Wilson ( Jesus ), want the monarchy to continue, not merely for sentimental reasons but because they dislike the idea of an elective presidential system and deem the Royal Family a check on the power of Parliament and cabinets. Reviewing the scandals, separations and divorces that have bedeviled the House of Windsor, Wilson concludes that Queen Elizabeth II's children are unsuitable to inherit the throne. He suggests that the Queen should declare Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who is married to a Dane, Birgitte van Deurs, as heir to inherit the British throne. A mix of political analysis, gossip, history and shrewd speculation, this acerbically witty tour of the Windsor dynasty's ``essentially comic misfortunes'' includes withering profiles of Prince Charles, ``an extremely odd man'' with a ``second-rate mind''; of self-mythologizing, ``hysterical'' Lady Diana; and of the Queen, ``always prepared to seem useless and busy at the same time.'' (June)
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