Send them to Eton!

Linda Colley

  • The End of the House of Windsor: Birth of a British Republic by Stephen Haseler
    Tauris, 208 pp, £14.95, June 1993, ISBN 1 85043 735 1
  • The Rise and Fall of the House of Windsor by A.N. Wilson
    Sinclair-Stevenson, 211 pp, £16.99, May 1993, ISBN 1 85619 354 3
  • Royal Throne: The Future of the Monarchy by Elizabeth Longford
    Hodder, 189 pp, £16.99, April 1993, ISBN 0 340 58587 0
  • Diana v. Charles by James Whitaker
    Signet, 237 pp, £14.99, May 1993, ISBN 0 670 85245 7
  • The Tarnished Crown by Anthony Holden
    Bantam, 400 pp, £16.99, May 1993, ISBN 0 593 02472 9
  • Inheritance: A Psychological History of the Royal Family by Dennis Friedman
    Sidgwick, 212 pp, £14.99, April 1993, ISBN 0 283 06124 3
  • Raine and Johnnie: The Spencers and the Scandal of Althorp by Angela Levin
    Weidenfeld, 297 pp, £17.99, July 1993, ISBN 0 297 81325 0

The question is: what is the question? This summer has seen a bumper crop of books all ostensibly addressing the problems of the British monarchy. The blurbs have been in technicolour: ‘the most significant work ever written on the House of Windsor’, ‘explosive and electrifying’, ‘destined to ruffle a lot of feathers’, ‘sensational’, and ‘the best-kept publishing secret of the year’. Few wanted to know it, however. Now, as autumn approaches, many of these volumes are on the remaindered shelves, and some have been pulped. So what are they for? And what did they mean?

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