Book cover of Crown & Sceptre: A New History of the British Monarchy, from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II by Tracy Bormanby Tracy Borman

An in-depth look at the British monarchy that’s “a superb synthesis of historical analysis, politics, and top-notch royal gossip” (Kirkus Reviews).

Since William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy, crossed the English Channel in 1066 to defeat King Harold II and unite England’s various kingdoms, forty-one kings and queens have sat on Britain’s throne. “Shining examples of royal power and majesty alongside a rogue’s gallery of weak, lazy, or evil monarchs,” as Tracy Borman describes them in her sparkling chronicle, Crown & Sceptre. Ironically, during very few of these 955 years has the throne’s occupant been unambiguously English—whether Norman French, the Welsh-born Tudors, the Scottish Stuarts, and the Hanoverians and their German successors to the present day.

Interview with the Author

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Dr Tracy Borman, Author of “Crown & Sceptre: 1000 Years of Kings and Queens”
7/25/22           79 min

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The British Monarchy
11/22/21           35 min

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E7: Tracy Borman, The Monarchy and The Tudors
12/20/22         39 min

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