A Brief History of the House of Windsor by Michael Paterson

By Michael Paterson

The British monarchy might be over 1000 years outdated, however the condo of Windsor dates simply from 1917, whilst, in the course of the 1st international conflict that was once to work out the dying of the most important thrones of continental Europe, it rebranded itself from the particularly Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the homely and customary Windsor. through redefining its loyalties to spot with its humans and nation instead of the princes, kings and emperors of Europe to whom it used to be similar by way of beginning and marriage, it set the monarchy at the direction of model, making itself proper and permitting it to outlive. on the grounds that then, the nice line trodden by way of the home of Windsor among historical and sleek, grandeur and thrift, splendour and informality, remoteness and accessibility, and effect and neutrality has left it safer and its attraction extra common at the present time than ever.

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