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The Crown and Country


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David Starkey is Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the author of many books including 'Elizabeth', 'Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII' and 'Henry: Virtuous Prince'. He is a winner of the W.H. Smith Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History presented by Britain's Historical Association. He is a well-known TV and radio personality. He was made a CBE in 2007. He lives in London and Kent.


'Eminently readable...Starkey is particularly good at explaining the shifting tone of monarchical power..."Crown and Country" is a masterpiece of accessible history, underscored with profound scholarship...the author's passion for his subject, the royal tale of England, which is the backbone of this nation's story explodes from every page. I defy anybody not to enjoy this book.' Guardian

'Entertaining...Starkey writes with the snappy zest of an unrepentant telly-don...he has a lovely eye for a good story...he also has a nice line in snarky humour...Starkey's great skill is to weave big themes quietly into a rollicking narrative so that you absorb them almost without noticing they are there.' Daily Telegraph

'Excellent...the really crucial events in the history of the British Monarchy...are assessed with authority, wisdom and wit...This is Starkey at his fluent and entertaining best.' Sunday Telegraph

'This vivid, lucid and engaging...his judgements delivered with quasi-Pontifical assurance are often acute...a very enjoyable book.' Daily Telegraph

'David Starkey tours England's monarchical horizon with gusto.' Sunday Times

'Starkey brings the past to vivid life.' Daily Express

'Combines compelling narrative and lucid analysis to guide us with a sure hand...Starkey's book will undoubtedly make him and his publishers a tidy profit.' Spectator

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