The institution of monarchy in Britain is in deep crisis. Scarcely a day goes by without some new revelation about the private life of one or other of the Royals splashed all over the tabloid newspapers, and public interest in the House of Windsor is more feverish and obsessive than ever. This is a comprehensive biography of the woman who has, for more than 40 years, been the British Head of State. Pimlott looks at the life of the Queen in the round: from the standpoint of the justly curious citizen, and from that of the historian, sociologist and constitutional lawyer, arguing that the constitutional role of the Queen is subtly potent, and by no means merely decorative or symbolic. The book attempts to provide some of the answers to the British fixation with the monarchy - as well as the Queen's relationships with her parents, husband and children.
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Elizabeth II has quietly become one of the longest-reigning monarchs in English history. Future historians will sort out her impact on British life and politics, but until then Ben Pimlott offers a good summation of her first seven decades. He succeeds in making the monarch seem like a living, breathing person, as opposed to the emotionless figure that she is sometimes made out to be in the media. And her long-lasting public life is much more eventful and interesting than it might seem at first glance. Intrusions into royal privacy, for example, are hardly an invention of the paparazzi. In addition to an interesting biography, The Queen provides a useful introduction to British politics in the second half of the 20th century.From the Publisher:
The definitive and most authoritative biography of Queen Elizabeth II, written by Britain's most respected political biographer--who had unprecedented access from Buckingham Palace to those close to the queen. New sources include the unpublished diaries of Jock Colville, who served as private secretary to both Churchill and Elizabeth, as well as interviews with Princess Margaret, royal dressmaker Hardy Amies, Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Runcie, and long time private secretary Lord Charteris.
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002554941