An “captivating” upstairs/downstairs historical past of the British royal courtroom, from the Heart A while to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Wall Side road Journal).

Monarchs: they are similar to us. They entertain their pals and devour and concern approximately cash. Henry VIII tripped over his canines. George II threw his son out of the home. James I needed to scale back on the alcohol expenses.

In Behind the Throne, historian Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the truth of 5 centuries of existence on the English courtroom, taking the reader on a outstanding adventure from one Queen Elizabeth to every other and exploring existence because it was once lived through clerks and courtiers and clowns and topped heads: the ability struggles and petty rivalries, the strain among accountability and want, the practicalities of cooking dinner for lots and of making sure the king at all times received while he performed a recreation of tennis.

A masterful and witty social historical past of 5 centuries of royal existence, Behind the Throne provides a grand excursion of England’s grandest families.