A study of the 70-year-life (to date) of the British monarch. The study aims to set the Queen in the context of each shifting period of her reign.
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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 New sources include the unpublished diaries of Jock Colville, who served as private secretary to both Churchill and Elizabeth, as well as interviews with Princess Margaret, royal dressmaker Hardy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 Publishers Ltd, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000638319X