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"An exemplary book." —Martin Amis, The New Yorker

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

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 remained a captivating figure in the British monarchy for over seventy years.

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.

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 reign that no reader of popular history should be without.

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  • Publisher: Free Press (June 24, 2008)
  • Length: 496 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781439108390

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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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