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Crowning Glory: The Merits of Monarchy Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0856831966 ISBN-10: 0856831964

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  • Hardcover: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856831964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856831966
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,965,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Essential reading for any royalist.” —This England

About the Author

Charles Neilson-Gattey is the president of the Society of Civil Service Authors in England. His plays include The White Falcon and The Eleventh Hour. He is also the author of numerous books, including Queens of Song, In Bed with an Elephant, and Luisa Tetrazzini: The Florentine Nightingale.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James E Geoffrey II on October 29, 2003
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This book is not what its title suggests. At a time when Britain is embarking on what appears to be a slow motion revolution in its constitutional arrangements, and when the place of the monarchy is being given increased scrutiny by political thinkers and commentators, author Charles Neilson Gattey has produced a work not so much about monarchy as monarchs. In "Crowning Glory: The Merits of Monarchy," the reader is given less an argument for retaining the Crown, than an appreciation of those who have worn it.
Gattey, who ironically has an ancestral relationship to George Washington, is not concerned with constitutional, legal and political arguments. Not that he discounts those arguments. Gattey briefly and rightly argues that the monarchy helps to disguise and moderate change and therefore helps society to adjust to the turmoil that even beneficent change often brings. He further argues that by elevating the monarchy's role above partisan politics, the state is protected from the more baleful influences of political strife. There is nothing new or original in this, and for readers who seek more in-depth analysis, Vernon Bogdanor's "The Monarchy and the Constitution," L.L. Blake's "The Prince and the Professor," or even Walter Bagehot's famous work, "The English Constitution," would be better choices.
Instead, Gattey, after some brief remarks about the monarchy's role in British national life, offers in the introduction of his book brief descriptions of the contributions that various kings and queens have made to Britain's historical development.
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