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Tinniswood, Adrian

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

First edition.
New York : Basic Books, 2018.
Physical Description:
xii, 402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Reference Library
DA111 .T64 2018 (LC)
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-375) and index.
"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.
Subject Terms:
Great Britain.
Royal households -- Great Britain -- History.
Royal households.

  • 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.