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On Royalty

A Very Polite Inquiry Into Some Strangely Related Families

by Jeremy Paxman

On Royalty by Jeremy Paxman

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The notable characteristic of the royal families of Europe is that they have so very little of anything remotely resembling true power .... How then have kings and queens come to exercise the mesmeric hold they have upon our imaginations? In On Royalty renowned BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman examines the role of the British monarchy in an age when divine right no longer prevails and governing powers fall to the country's elected leaders. With intelligence and humor, he scrutinizes every aspect of the monarchy and how it has related to politics, religion, the military and the law.

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"Paxman proves a vastly knowledgeable and tartly entertaining guide to a magical realm that is stranger than fiction." - PW.

"We expect to be both informed and entertained and are not disappointed." - Library Journal.

"A witty, edifying treatise." - Kirkus.

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