Power and Glory: Elizabeth II and the Rebirth of Royalty (Hardcover)

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Alexander Larman, the master chronicler of the House of Windsor, brings his acclaimed trilogy to a dramatic and poignant conclusion.

When the Royal Family took to the balcony of Buckingham Palace on VE Day in 1945, they knew that the happiness and excitement of the day was illusory. Britain may have been victorious in a painful war, but the peace would be no easier. Between the abdication crisis, the death of King George VI, and the ascension of young Elizabeth II to the throne, the continued existence of the monarchy seemed uncertain. And the presence of the former Edward VIII, now the Duke of Windsor, conniving and sniping from the sidelines in an attempt to regain relevance, even down to writing a controversial and revelatory memoir, could only make matters worse. Still, the question of whether or not Elizabeth could succeed and make the monarchy something that once again inspired international pride and even love remained.

In Power and Glory, Alexander Larman completes his acclaimed Windsor family trilogy, using rare and previously unseen documents to illuminate their unique family dynamic. Through his chronicling of events like the Royal Wedding, George VI’s death and the discovery of the Duke of Windsor’s treacherous activities in WWII, Larman paints a vivid portrait of the end of one sovereign’s reign and the beginning of another’s that heralded a new Elizabethan Age which would bring power and glory back to a monarchy desperately in need of it.

About the Author

ALEXANDER LARMAN is a historian and journalist. He is the author of Blazing Star (2014), the life of Lord Rochester, and writes for the Observer, the Telegraph and the Guardian, as well as the New Statesman and the Times Literary Supplement.

Praise For…

“Alexander Larman's final volume of his trilogy, about the Windsors, Power and Glory, is a fascinating exploration of the activities, relationships and emotions of the British royal family and parliamentary leaders in the post-war years of the forties and fifties. If you want to better understand England and the English people, read this book.”
- Patrick Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Making It So: A Memoir

“Modern royal history at its best - clear, unsentimental, authoritative, captivating. The struggles of the post-war monarchy and the dawn of Elizabeth II’s reign are told with the perfect amount of detail.” - Gareth Russell: author of The Palace: From the Tudors to the Windsors, 500 Years of British History at Hampton Court

"Drawing from diaries and memoirs of the royals and their retinue, Larman produces an elegant study of the interplay between the personal and the political. Royal watchers will be satisfied with this fitting final installment." - Publisher's Weekly

Larman makes all this [royal] history accessible even to those unfamiliar with palace protocols and hierarchies,
cementing this as a must-read for royal watchers and Anglophiles of all sorts. " - Booklist (starred review)

"Larman offers many delicious behind-the-scenes details...that makes the narrative crackle. A fitting conclusion to a memorable history." - Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250289599
ISBN-10: 1250289599
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: April 30th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English