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The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II

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For more than fifty years, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor -- who became Elizabeth II, Queen of England on February 6, 1952 -- has been loved and loathed, revered and feared, applauded and criticized by her people. Still she endures as a captivating figure in the world's most durable symbol of political authority: the British monarchy.
In Monarch, a meticulously detailed portrait of Elizabeth II as both a human being and an institution, bestselling author Robert Lacey brings the queen to life as never before: as baby "Lilibet" learning to wave to a crowd in the Royal Mews; as a child "ardently praying for a brother" so as to avoid her fate; as a young woman falling in love with and marrying her cousin Philip; and as the mother-in-law of the most complicated royal of all, Princess Diana.
Updated with new material to reflect the 2002 Golden Jubilee and the passing of the Queen Mum -- and featuring dozens of photographs, a family tree of the Hanoverian-Windsor-Mountbatten families, and a map that charts the location of royal castles -- Monarch is an engaging, critical, and celebratory account of Elizabeth's half-century reign that no reader of popular history should be without.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Free Press (May 13, 2003)
  • Length: 496 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743236690

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Martin Amis The New Yorker An exemplary book.

Newsweek Robert Lacey [is] peerless...because he better than anyone sees the modern English monarchy for what it is.

Dominick Dunne In Monarch, Robert Lacey makes you feel like you're right there -- in the palace, in the castle....I was absolutely riveted.

Houston Chronicle A definitive study.

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