The Real Elizabeth

The Real Elizabeth

An Intimate Portrait Of Queen Elizabeth II

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A surprising and very personal biography of a woman who may be the world's last great queen, published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of her reign

Elizabeth II, one of England's longest-reigning monarchs, is an enigma. In public, she confines herself to optimistic pieties and guarded smiles; in private, she is wry, funny, and an excellent mimic. Now, for the first time, one of Britain's leading journalists and historians gets behind the mask and tells us the fascinating story of the real Elizabeth.

Born shortly before the Depression, Elizabeth grew up during World War II and became queen because of the shocking abdication of her uncle and the early death of her father. Only twenty-five when she ascended to the throne, she has been at the apex of the British state for nearly six decades. She has entertained and known numerous world leaders, including every U.S. president since Harry Truman. Brought up to regard family values as sacred, she has seen all but one of her children divorce; her heir, Prince Charles, conduct an adulterous affair before Princess Diana's death; and a steady stream of family secrets poured into the open. Yet she has never failed to carry out her duties, and she has never said a word about any of the troubles she has endured.

Andrew Marr, who enjoys extraordinary access to senior figures at Buckingham Palace, has written a revealing and essential book about a woman who has managed to remain private to the point of mystery throughout her reign.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780805094169
Branch Call Number: B ELIZABETH II
Characteristics: xv, 349 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,25 cm


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Nov 22, 2014

Elizabeth Mary Alexandra Windsor is one of the world's most unknown monarchs, and also one of the most intriguing: a very British combination of wit, practical intelligence, reserve and a sly sense of humor. She has managed to embrace a strong sense of duty with the ability to embrace change and, yet, to still attract admirers. Longevity is not her only attruibute, and this beautuflly written book is a careful blend of the history of the monarchy under the Saxe-Coburg-Gothas,since Victoria, and the honesty is a reflection both of current times, and Elizabeth's own desire for closure, as witnessed by Sir Kenneth Rose's revelation -at long last - that her grandfather George V's campaign to discredit Tsar Nicholas, and his wife Tsarina Alexandra, forced the British government to turn down the Russian government's request for asylum in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution, and resulted in their murder in a Siberian basement, along with their children, including the heir, the hemophiliac son Alexei. She wrote on Rose's manuscript, "Let him publish," thus ending years of official denial. And, as she would say, it "closes the circle," much like her historic visit to Northern Ireland. Courage, in spades.

The book also reveals, much like her father, how she grew into a strong monarch, and her wisdom, which gives both tradtion, and understanding, to a delicate role: that of being a constitutional monarch. She has learned much after the sad divorces of nearly all of her children, but thanks to Diana's careful rearing of William, now the darling of his Gran, assures the British throne of enduring well beyond the 21st century. God Save the Queen!

Jul 30, 2012

Loved it!

Feb 02, 2012

Very interesting book.


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