Behind the Palace Doors by Michael Farquhar
Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain

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Spanning 500 years of British history, a revealing look at the secret lives of some great (and not-so-great) Britons, courtesy of one of the world’s most engaging royal historians
 
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. 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.
 
Featuring:
• stories covering every monarch, from randy Henry VIII to reserved Elizabeth II
• historical myths debunked and surprising “Did you know . . . ?” anecdotes
• four family trees spanning every royal house, from the Tudors to the Windsors


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About Michael Farquhar

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Michael Farquhar is a writer and editor at the Washington Post specializing in history. He is the author of the bestsellers A Treasury of Great American Scandals and A Treasury of Royal Scandals. He appeared on the History Channel's Russia, Land of the Tsars and will be featured on a forthcoming program about the French Revolution.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Random House. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Among others, the author looks at the boy king, Edward VI, who inherited Henry’s throne at age 9 and proved, in his brief life, a surprisingly forceful leader, navigating the machinations of his two scheming uncles and throwing his two older sisters off from the right of succession;

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I sometimes feel sorry for the British royals.

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Historical Novel Society

“Five centuries of sex, adventure, vice, treachery, and folly from royal Britain.” The tribulations of the Tudors are well known, thanks to numerous books and TV programs.

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From the infamous King Henry VIII and his ‘off with their heads’ attitude to the current, more stoic, Monarch Queen Elizabeth II one is constantly left aghast or in stitches at the madness and mayhem of this relatively common uncommon family.

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