WIN a Copy of Crown & Sceptre


by Tracy Borman

The British monarchy is one of the most iconic and enduring institutions in the world. It has weathered the storms of rebellion, revolution and war that brought many of Europe’s Royal Families to an abrupt and bloody end.

Its unique survival owes much to the fact that, for all its ancient traditions and protocol, the Royal Family has proved remarkably responsive to change, evolving to reflect the times. But for much of its history it also spearheaded seismic change, shaping our religious, political and cultural identity and establishing the British monarchy as the envy of the world.

There has never been a more apposite moment to consider the history of this extraordinary survivor. Within the next decade, there is likely to be a change of monarch, sparking renewed global interest on a scale not seen since Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. Even the media and popular frenzy evoked by recent Royal events such as Royal Weddings and births will not compare to that generated by the accession of a new king.

In the lead up to this pivotal moment in Britain’s history, Crown & Sceptre is a fascinating new book that explores the history and evolution of the monarchy from 1066 to the present day, feeding the renewed interest not just in the modern Royals but in the predecessors who helped shape the institution into what it is today.

Crown & Sceptre author Tracy Borman is a leading historian and as Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces is uniquely placed to write the history of the monarchy. She is a regular presenter on The History Channel and Channel 5 and frequently lends her expertise to BBC Radio 4. Her TV credits include Inside the Tower of London and Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him.

Crown & Sceptre is published by Hodder and Stoughton at £25.00 and we have three copies to give away to lucky Royal Life readers.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a copy is to answer this very simple question:

What is a sceptre?

A: A decorated stick
B: A palace
C: A sword

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