One has been famous longer than anyone on the planet—a dutiful daughter, a frustrated mother, a doting grandmother, a steel-willed taskmaster, a wily stateswoman, an enduring symbol of an institution that has lasted a thousand years, and a global icon who has not only been an eyewitness to history but a part of it.
One is the great-granddaughter of a King’s mistress and one of the most famous “other women” of the modern age—a woman who somehow survived a firestorm of scorn to ultimately marry the love of her life, and in the process replace her arch rival, one of the most beloved figures of the twentieth century.
One is a beautiful commoner, the university-educated daughter of a flight attendant-turned-millionaire entrepreneur, a fashion scion the equal of her adored mother-in-law, and the first woman since King George V’s wife, Queen Mary, to lay claim to being the daughter-in-law of one future king, the wife another, and the mother of yet another.
Game of Crowns is an in-depth and exquisitely researched exploration of the lives of these three remarkable women and the striking and sometimes subtle ways in which their lives intersect and intertwine. Examining their surprising similarities and stark differences, Andersen travels beyond the royal palace walls to illustrate who these three women really are today—and how they will directly reshape the landscape of the monarchy.
When I was overseas I read a whole series of books by Philippa Gregory plus a lot of the historical romances I'd read for so long had to do with royalty or the peerage. Ms Gregory just stoked the flames of my love of romance and history with a bit of fiction of course.
Most of what's in Game of Crowns I knew already but it's fleshed out by the author's sources, I'm guessing. All the little games played just seem strange to me and I times I feel almost sorry for the players. Mr. Andersen begins Game of Crowns with a bit of fiction and "what ifs" and continues on with some factual stories.
I don't think I ever realized the Monarchy was in such danger when Princess Diana died. I knew I felt the Queen was being a bit cold but that's about it until the crowds kept asking for her. I think that this is one of very few occasions I respected Prince Charles standing up to his "Mum".
Overall, some of the information is a re-hash but the way Mr. Andersen tells it is still intriguing to me. His writing style is easy to read and follow. It's actually quite entertaining. I didn't feel like I was reading a tabloid story by any means. He also seemed to not side with any of the players but reported what he knew/knows which was refreshing as some stories I've read were cleared slanted. Will there be a Queen Camilla?
So for all those history buffs or Anglophiles out there, this was a pretty good entry. I have no recommendation for this book as it really depends on your interest.