BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR


BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR

MICHAEL PATERSON    Book Number: 85055    Product format: Paperback

This fascinating history of the modern British royal family includes the shocking death of Princess Diana in August 1997 and the astonishing return to popularity of the royal family in the first decades of the 21st century. The British monarchy is over a thousand years old, but the House of Windsor, the same rulers by a different name, dates only from 1917. In the middle of the First World War when the future of the major thrones of continental Europe looked bleak, it rebranded itself from the distinctly Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the homely and familiar Windsor. By identifying with its people and country rather than the princes, kings and emperors of Europe to whom it was related by birth and marriage, the British royal family set the monarchy on the path of adaptation, making itself relevant and allowing it to survive. The 26 year reign of George V represented a clean break in style and tone from the very public excesses of his popular but profligate father Edward VII. George read the mood of the country and set about giving his people an unspectacular, dutiful and safe monarchy. Edward VIII's brief reign was followed by his brother George VI who became arguably the best-loved King in British history. His is a story of triumph over personal limitations, but his leadership of the nation during its gravest crisis undermined his health and contributed to his early death. His daughter Elizabeth II inherited the throne at an age when her contemporaries were busy setting up homes for themselves and their young families and she has reigned with exemplary devotion ever since. 275pp in paperback.
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