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About the Event

Power. Greed. Duty. Desire. Join social historian Adrian Tinniswood for a fascinating journey behind the scenes of the British Royal household from Elizabeth I to present day.

About the Author

Adrian Tinniswood is the author of fourteen books of social and architectural history. His most recent book The Long Weekend, was one of the most critically acclaimed of 2016.


“Behind the Throne, erudite and amusing, bulges with colourful scenes… glorious… a fun, elegant narrative.” MELANIE REID, THE TIMES

“Entertaining… superb… history needs anecdote to make us relate to it, something Tinniswood [does] brilliantly.” DAILY TELEGRAPH, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

“Adrian Tinniswood’s juicy new domestic history of the royal household… [is] delicious – as piquant as the green salad with which Edward VIII liked to eat his cold grouse.” RACHEL COOKE, OBSERVER

“Devoted watchers of The Crown will especially enjoy the nimble analysis of both the narcissistic Edward VIII’s brief reign and Princess Margaret’s doomed romance… this enlightening narrative allows the royal family mystique to disappear just a little.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“An intimate and entertaining look at the private lives of monarchs from Elizabeth I to the current occupants of Buckingham Palace… Deft, zesty social history.” KIRKUS

“If Downton Abbey showcases a well-oiled machine of domestic efficiency in an English estate, you might think the servants surrounding British monarchs would be held to an even higher standard of discretion and excellence. And, as historian Tinniswood warns, you’d be entirely wrong. The reality, as he explores in this diverting book covering the domestic life at court from Elizabeth to Elizabeth, is both much messier and incredibly interesting… This rare glimpse into royal households reveals the priorities and peculiarities of kings and queens.” BOOKLIST