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The Queen's House: A Social History of Buckingham Palace

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A biography of the world’s most famous house and the story of its vital role in the history of a nation

In this social history of Buckingham Palace, Edna Healey mines the royal archives to take the reader into its moonlit gardens, up the grand staircase, and inside its tapestried walls. Dr. Johnson again holds forth in the library, Queen Victoria encores Mendelssohn in the
ebook, 464 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Pegasus Books (first published September 1998)
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Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the British monarchy since the 19th century. The core of the palace was a townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705. In 1761, the townhouse was acquired by George III and it became the private residence of his wife, Queen Charlotte. The house eventually became known as "The Queen's House." The house was enlarged in the early 19th century and it became the official royal palace in 1837. Each reigning monarch has left his/her stamp on t ...more
Reading this book makes me think that talking about the history of any home would prove enlightening about the people who have lived there. This was a great book about sometimes interesting people and very interesting times.
Margaret Sankey
This is a very old-school history of Buckingham palace, tracing all of it's owners from the time it was a failed Mulberry grove leased by Charles I to a favorite courtier to it's central place as a royal palace after acquisition as the dower property of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. While there is nothing technically wrong with a connect the dots account of each reign and architectural modifications and major events, in comparison with actual social history like that done by Lucy Worsley ab ...more
Ha, Ha! I finally finished this book. It was sort of my book to read in between the other books I was reading. So it took me a while to finish it. But it was an interesting history. I just got lost sometimes in all of the talk of budgets and artisans.
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Edna May Healey née Edna May Edmunds, was a writer, lecturer and film-maker married to Denis Healey.
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