Game of Crowns

Game of Crowns

Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne

Book - 2016
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of William and Kate and The Day Diana Died takes a compulsively readable look into the relationships and rivalries of Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Kate Middleton.

One has been famous longer than anyone on the planet--a wily stateswoman and an enduring symbol of a fading institution. One is the great-granddaughter of a king's mistress and a celebrated homewrecker who survived a firestorm of scorn to marry her lover and replace her arch rival, a beloved twentieth-century figure. One is a beautiful commoner, the university-educated daughter of a self-made entrepreneur, a fashion idol, and wife and mother to two future kings.

Master biographer Christopher Andersen takes readers behind palace walls to examine the surprising similarities and stark differences among three remarkable women--Queen Elizabeth; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; and Princess Kate. Andersen reveals what transpires within the royal family away from the public's prying eyes; how the women actually feel about each other; how they differ as lovers, wives, and mothers; and how they are reshaping the landscape of the monarchy in this addictive read that will shock even those who are spellbound by the royal palace.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, [2016]
Edition: First Gallery books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476743950
Branch Call Number: 941.085 ANDERSEN
Characteristics: viii, 341 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 26, 2020

Entertaining, funny, interesting. I really enjoyed this book and also learned something new about the royal family and their traditions. Being an Anglophile, I love everything (well, almost everything) English, so I could not pass on this book. It really doesn't say anything new, at least for me: I have known Elizabeth II as the Queen of England all my life, I have cried for the premature death of Diana and have disliked (and still dislike) Camilla for her scheming, selfish way of being. However, I found really interesting to read about Kate and the modernity she is bringing to a centuries-old institution, as Lady D tried to do before her. And I enjoyed the gossip about Charles and Camilla, of course. Well, if you liked "The Crown" and "Victoria", this book is for you.

Jan 14, 2020

Fiction, and not even good fiction. What a pile of doo doo. I've been reading these for decades -- used to be an Anglophile but the whole way they treated Meghan Markle has put me off for good. This is exactly the kind of trash the UK press puts out every day. They get one source to say one thing, never find anything corroborating, and just print it as fact. This author got so much wrong it's hard to know where to start, and I'm talking just knowable facts, public record. I'm only finishing this to keep up with my book goal. It's a slog because this guy is awful. It would be great if Rappahannock Library would lose this.

Jan 22, 2017

Horrible really,
Just rehashed old people magazine articles.
Didn't even get the date of Prince William's birthday right. (Check page 88)
So that tells you the level of accuracy or real facts in stories.

multcolib_susannel Jul 25, 2016

What will happen when Queen Elizabeth II dies? Will Phillip become king? Will he abdicate in favor of his son William? what parts do Camilla and Kate play?

Jul 08, 2016

Meh. For the most ardent Anglophiles only.

May 08, 2016

The pages outlining what each participant will think/do when Queen Elizabeth dies were a complete waste of time. The rest of it was gossipy speculation. Nothing in this book makes me want to read anything else this author has written.

Apr 15, 2016

Very interesting - a mix of fact and speculation that, for those who haven't really followed any of the "insider information" released in recent years, provides a documented, detailed, and contrasting look at the recent years of Elizabeth, Camilla, and Kate, as well as possibilities for the very near future...


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