• book

From the Publisher

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

Elizabeth II is the longest lived and, after Queen Victoria, second longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. From her coronation in 1953 to her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II has stood on the world stage as the figurehead for Britain.

The Queen: History in an Hour tells the story of the Queen Elizabeth II’s life and long reign, her royal duties, service during the Second World War, public perception and the transformation of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations under her rule. In the Diamond Jubilee year this is essential reading for Royalists and Republicans alike.

Know your stuff: read about Queen Elizabeth II in just one hour.

Published: HarperCollins UK on
ISBN: 9780007485161
List price: $0.99
Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
Availability for The Queen: History in an Hour
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.

Related Articles

4 min read

Queen Elizabeth Her Untold Stor

Elizabeth II was just 25 years old when her father, King George VI, died in his sleep from a blood clot in the heart. On that fateful day, the then-Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya on an official visit with her husband, Prince Philip. “My mother remembered very clearly that when she heard the news, [Elizabeth] paced up and down, up and down with Philip and the ladies-in-waiting,” says India Hicks, whose mom, Lady Pamela Hicks, is Philip’s first cousin and was present at the time. “The private secretary waited, and finally, when the Queen had gathered herself, she said, ‘I’m so sorry. We are goi
Foreign Policy
4 min read

Nevertheless, Her Majesty Persisted

AT the age of 4, Princess Alexandrina Victoria refused to speak to her mother, the duchess of Kent, in German, the duchess’s native tongue. The little girl who would become the most famous woman in the world seemed to know even then that a foreign accent was undesirable in a British ruler. She always had an astute sense of her own brand, to use a modern term. When she came to the throne in 1837, at age 18, she didn’t adopt a “royal” name, such as Elizabeth, Mary, or Anne, but instead chose her middle name, Victoria, which was an Anglicization of her mother’s name, Victoire. It was an original
New York Magazine
1 min read

The Controversial Rachel Cusk

MOST DIVISIVE A Life’s Work (2001) Cusk’s elegy for her pre-motherhood self infuriates mothers and critics alike. “This isn’t what it’s like to have a baby; it’s what it’s like for a depressed and melodramatic novelist to have a baby.” (THE SUNDAY TIMES) Aftermath (2012) An unsentimental look at her divorce from her stay-at-home husband. “This is writerly greed, swooping on everything and wringing meaning from it, transforming it into something else rather than just letting it be.” (THE GUARDIAN) “Every experience, from having a tooth extracted to Cusk’s daughters’ hamsters’ inability to