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free download í eBook or Kindle ePUB è Jeremy Paxman Jeremy Paxman è 3 download free read On Royalty A Very Polite Inuiry into Some Strangely Related Families 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 He scrutinizes every aspect of the monarchy an. Christopher Hitchens gave it a good review in the New York Times but I just couldn t get into it Paxman s writing is just too pedantic for me and did not make this subject the always fascinating one of royal families enticing I did have fun though looking through the index and reading snippets Who could resist reading about Hawaii dynastic incest 45 or Zog King of the Albanians 30 2 35 29 40 43

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free download í eBook or Kindle ePUB è Jeremy Paxman Jeremy Paxman è 3 download free read On Royalty A Very Polite Inuiry into Some Strangely Related Families Apes Paxman has done for the royal families Gilded history weird anthropology and surreal reportage of the royals up close combine to show how an ancient institution struggles for meaning in a modern country. Lighweight detached and somewhat repetitive Paxman s musings on the subject of royalty read like an extended essay or treatise that became bloated out of shape rather than a proper book Still he is at times an engaging writer and there are moments of interest One of the strongest elements of the book or at least most interesting to me personally was that Philip s personality comes across rather clearly in this book than most other places I ve read about him The duke s personal style is a disconcerting mixture of bluff affability and utter disdain although no intellectual himself he does not suffer fools gladly He has a blazing temper and appears almost pathologically incapable of saying sorry But his staff seem devoted to him even the duke s retired private secretary still ambles into Buckingham Palace most weeks They have had to get used to his sense of humour On one state visit the duke was showing ueen Beatrix of the Netherlands down the receiving line in Buckingham Palace introducing her to members of the household At the end of the line blinking out from behind the palm fronds stood his private secretary I ve no idea who this is said the duke to the visiting ueen Must be some gatecrasher Philip s marginalia in another writer s unpublished royal biography later encountered and reported by Paxman made me laugh Rubbish he observes tartly to a supposed 1952 uote he s supposed to have said one that I ve seen many places and scribbles wrongly when the author says that general knowledge has it that the Royal couple has separate bedrooms 291 Paxman was also able to interview him and Charles on a separate occasion though not the ueen and I must say that I rather sympathize with him as regards Rupert Murdoch 236 38 Perhaps the most perceptive moment in this book to me was Paxman s observation that Philip s bluff manner would have been standard and accepted in past generations but that nowadays the amplification and soundbite nature of the mass media means that a joke that doesn t land becomes international news in a moment One problem the book has is one that is common to many a human endeavor events eventuated Paxman s thoughts on the future of the monarchy feel thus incomplete and out of date I would be interested to read an afterword that considered the Diamond Jubilee and central to the future of The Firm the overwhelming popularity of William Kate and their children As it is Paxman ends with the prospect of Charles Camilla and while they may yet take the throne for an attenuated reign the damage that people have worried or hoped they might do the institution seems much less central than it might have done in previous years With William Kate George and Charlotte in the wings Charles and his image as a spoilt talking to the trees grumbler have become simply transitional 279On the other hand this newest evolution in the course of the Royal Family is accounted for in Paxman s premise A mild republican by nature by the end of his musings on royalty Paxman seems to have lapsed into mild royalism or at least the absence of a desire for royal abolition His final paragraph sums up his journey and the book as a wholeCertainly if we were devising a system of government for the twenty first century we should not come up with what we have now The arrangements are antiue undemocratic and illogical But monarchies do not function by logic If they work they do so by appealing to other instincts of history emotion imagination and mythology and we have to acknowledge that many of the most stable societies in Europe are monarchies while some of the most unstable and corrupt have presidents It would theoretically be possible to pull one thread out of the rug woven by history although we do not know what other threads might then unravel We could easily pack all of them off to live out their lives in harmless eccentricity on some organically managed rural estate But why bother

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free download í eBook or Kindle ePUB è Jeremy Paxman Jeremy Paxman è 3 download free read On Royalty A Very Polite Inuiry into Some Strangely Related Families D how it has related to politics religion the military and the law He takes us inside Buckingham Palace and illuminates the lives of the monarchs at once mundane absurd and magical What Desmond Morris did for. Interesting subject that s completely sunk by a mostly dry boring delivery Too bad

  • Hardcover
  • 384
  • On Royalty A Very Polite Inuiry into Some Strangely Related Families
  • Jeremy Paxman
  • English
  • 26 October 2019
  • 9781586484910