on 20 January 2007
This is a scholarly yet entertaining analysis of Britain's most distinguished order. Drawing on extensive research (including material in the Royal Archives), Stanley Martin's study discusses the history of the Order of Merit (OM) since its inception in 1902, the lives of its distinguished recipients and the circumstances of their appointment. Intriguing chapters are also devoted to those who refused the honour and those who were for one reason or another overlooked. Martin also analyses the place of the OM within the mysterious British honours system. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this outstanding study gives the OM some long-overdue recognition and deepens our understanding of Britain's political and cultural elites.
on 14 March 2010
The Order of Merit is an exceptional book that once commenced proves both extremely interesting and particularly illuminating, covering the first one hundred years of this unique Honour.It combines a history of the world with an in depth look at some of the most incredible contributors to our planet. Men and Women of achievement who have made a difference to our society and the world in which we live.The Order of Merit is in the personal gift of the Monarch of the UK and there can only be 20 members at any one time. This book is thoughtfully and comprehensively written, it reads exceptionally well and will be enjoyed for many years to come. Stanley Martin deserves much praise for the painstaking research and long hours spent compiling this fascinating narrative, which can be engrossing from the first page.