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on 25 February 2009
"Monarchy" by historian David Starkey is a beautifully written history of the development of the British monarchy from medieval times onwards. The story of the constant, often involuntary adjustments of the monarchy to hold on to its position is portrayed in a very clear way, making the book a joy to read.

In my opinion, the writer has found the perfect balance between important historical developments, constitutional changes and personal stories of monarchs and other players. The result is that the story has a natural flow, giving all monarchs equal attention and showing connections between events, reigns and changes unknown to me.

From a Dutch point of view, where Willem III (from William and Mary) is one of our less appealing and influential monarchs, the writer gives William of Orange credits for being the founder of modern Britain. I would love to see Starkey write a similar history on the Dutch monarchy.

All in all, "Monarchy" is wonderfully written and reads like a train. Starkey has managed to create one big, logical story in stead of a series of unconnected chapters as taught at school: Chapeau!
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