Tracy Borman's Crown & Sceptre is hugely impressive. A breath-taking amount of research has been packed painlessly into this compelling and engaging saga of Britain's kings and queens. Lively, pacy and marvellously concise and informative, it grips the reader from the first page. A stunning tour de force and a remarkable achievement.
Tracy Borman's Crown & Sceptre is a crisp, delightfully clear, and perfectly weighted compendium - it brims with need-to-know facts, laced with intriguing, revealing, detail. She cleverly tells the tale of Britain, through the prism of monarchy. This is Our Island Story for the modern age.
'Not just a brilliant compendium of biographies, but the biography of an institution: a marvellous read'
"Crown and Sceptre shows an astonishing command of a thousand years of the British monarchy, its traditions, roles and realities beyond the pageantry and romance. Beautifully crafted, insightful, and a genuine pleasure to read, it underscores the royal heritage at the heart of a nation."
"Crown and Sceptre" combines an eminently accessible narrative with a lucid scholarly lens. Tracy Borman skilfully unravels the trials and triumphs of this ever-shifting institution. By charting both the majesty and mechanics of monarchy, we get a vivid understanding of why its glittering gears shifted over time, and by whom the levers of change were pulled. A triumph.'
'Tracy Borman's passion for the British monarch and the crown is infectious and compelling!'
'Borman embraces a huge task'
Enlightening, gripping and skilfully composed, Tracy Borman navigates the twists and turns of the British monarchy with an expert hand. A pacy narrative that's simply bursting with colour and intrigue, Crown and Sceptre is both powerful and compulsively readable. A masterpiece.
Crown & Sceptre at Waterstones Canterbury
9th Nov 2021 6:30 pm
Apart from being Chief Curator of the Royal Palaces, Tracy is a TV regular and a witty, engaging writer She has analysed the strange and beautiful phenomenon of our love affair with coronetted heroes and heroines, fumblers and fools, as fallible as any of us.