Netflix’s beloved and critically acclaimed series The Crown returns next week, much to the joy of anyone who is fascinated by the captivating story of Queen Elizabeth II. If you can’t get enough of The Crown and want to learn more about the colorful, historical figures who populate the series, then check out some of these fascinating and compulsively readable books. From the headstrong young man who would become the queen’s husband to the steadfast grandmother who guided her in her new role as sovereign, these biographies explore the lives of the people who played crucial roles during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
In The Crown, Mary of Teck chillingly reminds her granddaughter that “the crown must win.” But who was this woman and how did her view of the importance of the monarchy come about? Her captivating and often tragic Cinderella-esque life—expertly revealed in this enchanting biography—will appeal to anyone fascinated by the pageantry of the British throne.
He may be next in line for the throne, but how much do we really know about Prince Charles? In this vivid and ambitious biography, the man behind the title and tabloids is finally revealed. Based on years of research and exclusive interviews, Sally Bedell Smith paints a compelling portrait of the man who will be king.
World War II tore lives and families apart and the British royal family was no different. Based on new research from the royal archives, PRINCES AT WAR investigates how four brothers in extravagant circumstances vastly clashed during one of the deadliest conflicts the world had ever seen and at a turbulent time for the British throne.
During World War II, a reluctant king and a driven prime minister forged a steadfast and crucial relationship to save their country. In this enthralling and often moving work of deep research, Kenneth Weisbrode takes us behind closed doors and analyzes how Winston Churchill and King George VI worked together during some of England’s darkest days.
Few twentieth-century women are as infamous and controversial as Wallis Simpson, the American divorcée for whom a king abdicated. In this eye-opening and evenhanded biography, Anne Sebba searches for the truth about this complicated woman and how she escaped poverty to become a duchess, much to the horror of the British elite.
In the public eye for more than 60 years, Prince Philip has a story started long before he married the future Queen Elizabeth II. With keen insight and authoritative writing, Philip Eade explores the dramatic and often traumatic childhood of Prince Philip and demonstrates how this directly affected his later life as a main figure of the British Royal Family.
As the wife of the first prime minister of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, Clementine Churchill witnessed some of the most crucial and history-changing moments of twentieth-century Great Britain. Intelligent, bold, and dedicated to her husband’s career, this is an extraordinary woman whose engaging and inspirational story was long overdue until Sonia Purnell’s pivotal account.
One of the most memorable episodes of The Crown focuses on the Great Smog of 1952. But did you know that during those dark days, a serial killer stalked the streets of London? In this compulsively readable thriller, two tales of death and fear are woven together and demonstrate how the repercussions of this event are still felt in England today.