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Behind the Throne Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the British Royal Household

Written by Adrian Tinniswood
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An upstairs/downstairs history of the British royal court, from the Middle Ages to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

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.

• Hardback: 416 pages with 19 color and 17 black/white illustrations.

• Dimensions: 6" x 9.25".

This book accompanies the upcoming exhibition "Costuming THE CROWN" at Winterthur, March 30, 2019 - January 5, 2020.

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort of clothes worn in private family moments, "Costuming THE CROWN" will feature 40 iconic costumes from the beloved Emmy® award-winning Netflix series, a dramatized history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

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