Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, bedeviled by ambitious children, the kings and queens of Great Britain have been many things, but they have never been dull. Some sacrificed everything for love, while others met a cruel fate at the edge of an axman's blade. Behind the Palace Doors features stories covering every monarch, from randy Henry VIII to reserved Elizabeth II; debunks historical myths; serves up surprising anecdotes; and covers four family trees spanning every royal house, from the Tudors to the Windsors.
From the truth behind the supposed madness of King George to Queen Victoria's surprisingly daring taste in sculpture, Behind the Palace Doors ventures beyond the rumors to tell the unvarnished history of Britain's monarchs, highlighting the unique mix of tragedy, comedy, romance, heroism, and incompetence that has made the British throne a seat of such unparalleled fascination.
©2011 Michael Farquhar (P)2011 Tantor
"A palatable, lively rendition of the British imperial blues." (Kirkus)
Someone stranded on a deserted island.
Lighten it up...it's way to serious for the tittle he gave the book.
I liked [not loved mind you, but liked] the chapter about Elizabeth I.
It was factual. The narrator was very good.
It's not that the book was poorly written; on the contrary, but, the tittle was extremely mis-leading. I thought the book would be more whimsical, comical, even sarcastic, but it wasn't; it simply read like a history book.
If you know absolutely zero about the British Monarchy, you might like this. However, if you are well versed in the monarchy, you should pass. This is one of the most boring books I ever heard. As a matter of fact, I did not go past Chapter 1. Chapter 1 took less than 30 minutes to listen to and covered the Wars of the Roses, Henry VII and Henry VIII. I can talk about what I know about Henry VIII alone and spend over 30 minutes. It is very much like a survey course. He hits the high points, but really doesn't go into any detail or discussion. I was very disappointed and would not recomment this to anyone.
I liked it because it was a compilation of good stories from history. Historical buffs might have an issue with its lack of depth; it's the British monarchy version of saying "The Civil War was about slavery." That being said, the book had an excellent reader and gave me the entertainment level i wanted. I certainly got inspiration to read more aboit figures like Churchill and James II.
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