‘Pearson makes light work of some heavy-duty history. He manages to make Diana’s riveting ancestors more so by showing how each bequeathed her the qualities she needed in the hostile, unappreciative world of the Windsors.’
Anthony Holden, Sunday Express
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The Spencer dynasty is one of the most successful that England has ever produced.'Blood royal' is the fascinating story of the crucial role that Spencer blood will play in the English monarchy’s future.
The tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, has left an indelible mark on the British nation. Diana personally left an indelible mark on the family of Windsor: her Spencer genes. The genetic make-up of the diminutive Queen Victoria, dominant within the House of Windsor for so long, has finally been overridden by those of another aristocratic family. It is impossible not to notice that at the age of sixteen Prince William – heir to the throne – is physically very much his mother’s son, towering above his Windsor relatives. As death enfolds the older Windsor’s, Prince William and Harry will become the new monarchy
Now headed by Charles Spencer, Diana’s younger brother, the Spencers are a family that has never lost its instinct for grandiose survival. The Spencers are historically acknowledged virtuosi of the art of successful marriage. 'Blood Royal' tells how they gained their power; how they used it, and how they finally achieved their grandest dynastic marriage of all in 1981: the union of Diana Spencer with Charles Mountbatten Windsor, Prince of Wales.
John Pearson is the author of several novels and biographies including ' The Life of Ian Flemimg, The Profession of Violence: The Rise and fall of the Kray Twins, Stags and Serpents: The History of the Dukes of Devonshire' and ' The Ultimate Family'