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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (427 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Farquhar Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, and 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.

Behind the Palace Doors features stories covering every monarch, from randy Henry VIII to reserved Elizabeth II; debunks historical myths; serves up surprising anecdotes; and covers four family trees spanning every royal house, from the Tudors to the Windsors. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Farquhar’s style is a breezy pleasure throughout.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is a well-researched popular retelling of some outrageous periods in the lives of perennially intriguing rulers. A good selection for lighter history reading on the lives of British monarchs and really good scandals.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrator James Langton lends his Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama cachet to transport the listener seamlessly to the British Isles…Fun for history buffs and those loving all things about the royals, especially the dirt.”

    Library Journal Starred Audio Review

  • “A palatable, lively rendition of the British imperial blues.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathy Thomas | 2/13/2014

    " For those who are history buffs, not much new information . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joanne | 1/20/2014

    " Good grief! Beheadings, adultery, banishments, parents hating children, children hating parents, siblings vs. siblings - the ultimate dysfunctional family! This book offers titillating stories about the English monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth II. Some were more interesting than others, and original letters were quoted when available. By the 20th century, the Royal Family (except for wimpy Edward VIII) were behaving with some sense of decorum. It was a fun book to be reading when all eyes were on London last week! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kourtney | 1/17/2014

    " A short look at all of Britain's kings and queens over the past 500 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ainsley Thrasher | 1/14/2014

    " This book was both factual & a lot of fun too read. Though I was hoping the dirt on some of the monarchs, etc in this book would be juicier I definitely found all of it to be fascinating! A light reading history book that I really think anyone would enjoy & the chapters aren't so long that you can't get a good one or two in before bedtime. "

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