The Great Survivors

The Great Survivors

How Monarchy Made It Into the Twenty-first Century

Book - 2012
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In this riveting and extensively researched account, Peter Conradi - the celebrated author of The King's Speech, on which the Oscar award-winning film of the same name was based - offers an uncompromising portrayal of Europe's royals and reveals the scandals, excesses, conflicts and interests hidden behind the pomp of the ceremonial garb and the grandeur of official functions.
At a time when Western society appears to be demanding more equality and democracy, people's fascination with monarchies shows no signs of waning. Taking the reader on a journey between past and present, into a world populated by great celebrities such as Wallis Simpson, Grace Kelly and Princess Diana, as well as lesser-known and slightly murkier aristocratic figures, The Great Survivors analyses the reasons behind this anachronistic paradox by looking at the history of the main European dynasties and providing a keyhole glimpse into their world, their lives and their secrets.
Publisher: Richmond, Surrey, England :, Alma Books,, 2012.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781846882159
Characteristics: 383 pages, 8 pages of plates :,coloured illustrations, coloured portraits, genealogical table ;,22 cm

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