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Behind the throne : a domestic history of the British royal household / Adrian Tinniswood.

Author/Creator:
Tinniswood, Adrian, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Basic Books, [2018] , ©2018
Format/Description:
Book
xii, 402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Royal households -- Great Britain -- History.
Royal households.
Great Britain.
Form/Genre:
History.
Nonfiction.
Summary:
"Monarchs : they're just like us. They entertain their friends and eat and worry about money. Henry VIII tripped over his dogs. George II threw his son out of the house. James I had to cut back on the alcohol bills. In Behind the Throne, historian Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the reality of five centuries of life at the English court, taking the reader on a remarkable journey from one Queen Elizabeth to another and exploring life as it was lived by clerks and courtiers and clowns and crowned heads: the power struggles and petty rivalries, the tension between duty and desire, the practicalities of cooking dinner for thousands and of ensuring the king always won when he played a game of tennis. A masterful and witty social history of five centuries of royal life, Behind the Throne offers a grand tour of England's grandest households"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Black books and spangles
Progress
Behind the masque
Diplomats and fools
A court without a king
We have called you gods
The Catholic king
Mrs Morley and Mrs Freeman
Happy families
An agitation of spirits
Regent
The respectable household
After Albert
Court circular
That dear little man
Secretaries
Gloriana
Affectionate memoirs
It's all to do with the training.
Introduction : black books and spangles
Progress
Behind the masque
Diplomats and fools
A court without a king
We have called you gods
The Catholic king
Mrs Morley and Mrs Freeman
Happy families
An agitation of spirits
Regent
The respectable household
After Albert
Court circular
That dear little man
Secretaries
Gloriana
Affectionate memoirs
Postscript : it's all to do with the training.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-375) and index.
"October 2018"--Title page verso.
Local notes:
Athenaeum copy: Beerman Fund bookplate.
ISBN:
9780465094028
0465094023
9780465094035
OCLC:
1023486131
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