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Power and Glory: Elizabeth II and the Rebirth of Royalty

Alexander Larman

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United Kingdom, Great Britain, Biography: royalty

A royal biography for people who wouldn't usually read royal biographies

Power and Glory brings us to the dramatic conclusion of Larman's 'Windsors trilogy'.

It begins with the fallout from the revelation of the Duke of Windsor's wartime treachery, and ends with the Coronation of Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953. In between, it depicts a monarchy - and a country - struggling to cope with the aftermath of World War Two, in an era where old certainties have been replaced by the rise of a new, uncertain world, and where love, tragedy and modernity battle for supremacy.

The book draws on extensive unpublished correspondence between major members of the Royal Family including George VI, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Windsor, the Prime Ministers Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill, and previously unseen diaries and memoranda from courtiers, personal secretaries and leading politicians, exploring everything from the King's declining health to the (often negative) reactions to Elizabeth's marriage to Prince Philip and Coronation.

Power and Glory features the same intricately researched and incisively written account of Britain's most famous family as Larman's previous books, but on an epic international scale. It covers everything from the end of British rule in India to the foundation of the United Nations, and the crucial role that monarchy played in the ever-shifting era - as well, naturally, as the way in which the Duke and Duchess of Windsor attempted to return to relevance, whatever the cost might be to the wider Royal Family.

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Praise for Power and Glory: Elizabeth II and the Rebirth of Royalty

  • Praise for The WIndsors at War If there is ever a prequel to Netflix's The Crown, it should be based on this book - Saul David

  • Praise for The Crown in Crisis 'Excellent, well written, deeply researched, THE CROWN IN CRISIS is . . . both heartbreaking and glamorous, scholarly and very entertaining' - Simon Sebag Montefiore

  • Praise for The Crown in Crisis 'Both scholarly and highly readable . . . full of thought-provoking insights' - Andrew Roberts

  • Praise for The Crown in Crisis 'a compulsively readable and comprehensive account' - Anne Sebba

  • Praise for The Windsors at War As profound and exhilarating as it is revelatory - Daisy Dunn, author of Not Far From Brideshead: Oxford Between the Wars

  • Praise for The Crown in Crisis 'A completely fascinating and authoritative account of the Abdication Crisis, written with tremendous sophistication and insight' - William Boyd

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Alexander Larman

Alexander Larman is the author of several books, most recently The Crown In Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication. He is books editor of the Spectator's world edition and is a contributing editor to The Critic magazine. He has a monthly book review column in the Observer and writes regularly about literature and the arts for publications including Prospect, The Chap and the Daily Telegraph.

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