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From the coauthor of The King's Speechcomes an uncompromising portrayal of Europe's royals In this riveting and extensively researched account of the royals, Peter Conradithe celebrated coauthor of The King's Speech, on which the Academy Awardwinning film of the same name was basedreveals the scandals, excesses, conflicts, and interests hidden behind the pomp of the ceremonial garb and the grandeur of official functions. Taking the reader on a journey between past and present into a world populated by great celebrities such as Wallis Simpson, Grace Kelly, and Princess Diana, as well as lesser-known and slightly murkier aristocratic figures, this book analyzes the reasons behind this anachronistic paradox by looking at the history of the main European dynasties and providing a keyhole glimpse into their world, their lives, and their secrets. At a time when Western society appears to be demanding more equality and democracy, people's fascination with monarchies shows no signs of waning.
Peter Conradi is an author and a journalist who works for the Sunday Times. He is the author of Hitler's Piano Player and Iris Murdoch: A Life and the coauthor of The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy.