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  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (31 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715642928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715642924
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.4 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Brief life of the Queen.

I have been writing about the Queen now for nearly forty years, and this little book is intended to distil and re-shape what I've learned into one pleasant afternoon's reading - a summary of its predecessors Majesty (1977) and Monarch (2002, Royal in the UK), with further research and thoughts on Elizabeth II in the year of her Diamond Jubilee.

'Lege feliciter', as the Venerable Bede used to say - May you read happily!

- Robert Lacey, January 2012 - http://robertlacey.com

Robert Lacey is an historian and biographer whose research has taken him from the Middle East ("The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Saud") to America's Mid-West ("Ford: the Men and the Machine"). "Majesty", his pioneering biography of Queen Elizabeth II, is the definitive study of British monarchy - a subject on which Robert lectures around the world, appearing regularly on ABC's Good Morning America and on CNN's Larry King Live.

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Robert Lacey is the King of royal biographers --Kitty Kelley

A unique insight… Respected for the depth and extend of his research and contacts, Robert Lacey knows arguably more about the Queen than any other commentator writing today --Daily Mail

Robert Lacey makes you feel like you're right there, in the palace, in the castle --Vanity Fair

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Robert Lacey is a British historian noted for his in-depth research and page-turning narrative style. He is the author or the several international bestsellers including Majesty: Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor, The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Saud and Great Tales from English History.

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Format: Hardcover
A short but succinct life of the current Sovereign, Robert Lacey's book is beautifully illustrated and a sympathetic approach to the life of Elizabeth II. A few members of the Royal Family, namely the current Prince of Wales, do not emerge too well from Lacey's narrative and he doesn't gloss over the Queen's rage at her courtiers' advice during the weeks after Princess Diana's death in 1997, but overall this is a fast-moving and convincing biography of one of the most successful leaders of the modern age.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By takingadayoff TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jun 2012
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it's short, the title is A Brief Life of the Queen. Author Robert Lacey tells us up front that it's an introduction to the Queen and her family and it's meant to be read in a single afternoon, a few hours at most. He's written longer, more detailed books about the Royal Family, and this 157-page book is based on that earlier research.

In advance of the Diamond Jubilee, I wanted to read one book about the Queen, but I didn't care about a lot of detail, and I definitely did not want a fawning hagiography. This book was just the ticket.

We get a quick bio of the Queen and even quicker profiles of her immediate family. There's not a lot of gossip, because when it comes to the Queen herself, there isn't any. On the other hand, her family is a wealth of scandal and gossip, and Charles, in particular, gets a rough ride in this book, but not undeserved.

Despite the brief nature of the book, there is enough here to make some interesting observations about the Queen. You would think that in 21st century Britain, it would not be important for the monarch to have leadership skills. And Elizabeth doesn't have any. If she leads at all, it's only by example. So when the public didn't follow her subdued example of private mourning, and were outraged that she failed to show an adequate amount of public grief over Diana's death, she took Tony Blair's and Alistair Campbell's advice to go on television. And when her children have failed to imitate her conservative and scandal-free lifestyle, she finds herself powerless.

There are plenty of photos and Lacey has accomplished his goal of providing this reader, at least, of a single afternoon's pleasant reading.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AJC on 14 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the book about the Queen, but I was disappointed that her Majesty's date of birth was wrong, especially when the author has written numerous books about the Queen.
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A short Peep into the Queens daily life 14 Mar 2014
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The Book is an excellent description of the fascinating life of Queen Elizabeth and a very enjoyable read . I loved it
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