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  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I fairly certain that I have read every biography of the Queen, and am always interested to get my hands on a new one. Matthew Dennison has strong credentials from his prior books. He is a talented and insightful biographer in the tradition of Lytton Strachey. He is not afraid to criticize his subject. "The Queen: An elegant new biography of Her Majesty Elizabeth II" is mostly excellent. My significant complaint is that Dennison spends far too much time on the Queen's life from her birth through I fairly certain that I have read every biography of the Queen, and am always interested to get my hands on a new one. Matthew Dennison has strong credentials from his prior books. He is a talented and insightful biographer in the tradition of Lytton Strachey. He is not afraid to criticize his subject. "The Queen: An elegant new biography of Her Majesty Elizabeth II" is mostly excellent. My significant complaint is that Dennison spends far too much time on the Queen's life from her birth through her Silver Jubilee in 1977. That well-trod ground is exhaustively covered. Sadly, there is hardly anything new to be gleaned from Dennison's painstaking overview of Elizabeth's life as a child. How many times can he quote Marion Crawford's book? I got the sense that Dennison cares primarily about the first half of the Queen's life, when I would argue that the second half is more interesting. By far the best parts of the biography cover the period from 1978 to the present. Unfortunately, Dennison breezes through much of this material where he lingers forever on the pre-1977 timeframe. Dennison's insights into the Queen's relationships with Margaret Thatcher, Diana, Princess of Wales, and her four adult children are excellent. So is his analysis of the evolving role of the monarchy and the steadfastness of the Queen. Dennison understands the unique bond between the Queen and her people. A fine contribution to the historiography of the Queen, but way too much on her early life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Boothe

    If you are looking for a detailed biography of Queen Elizabeth II, this is not the book you are looking for. This is the first biography I have read on Queen Elizabeth and I chose it because it is the most recent one, published this year 2021. Although the author does a good job in detailing her childhood and her early family life with her parents and sister, Margaret, the book becomes a summary after that. For example, the author made statements about the nature of her relationship with Margare If you are looking for a detailed biography of Queen Elizabeth II, this is not the book you are looking for. This is the first biography I have read on Queen Elizabeth and I chose it because it is the most recent one, published this year 2021. Although the author does a good job in detailing her childhood and her early family life with her parents and sister, Margaret, the book becomes a summary after that. For example, the author made statements about the nature of her relationship with Margaret, Diana, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and various others, but he never delved into those relationships with any details to support the statements he made. Although he states that Prince Philip experienced a difficult time with courtiers and staff when Queen Elizabeth became Queen, no details are given on those negative experiences. Although the author discusses the Queen and Prince Philip's relationship with Prince Charles and states that Prince Andrew is her favorite child, the parental relationship with Anne and Edward receives very little treatment. The author mentions that the Queen's relationship with Camilla evolved from refusing to see her to allowing Prince Charles to marry her, but he does not explain in any detail (again) of the process of that changing relationship. The Queen's relationship with Prince William's wife, Kate, is not covered at all. Only a mention of the marriage and the hopes that are based on it are mentioned. The lack of explanation and supporting discussion regarding Camilla and Kate is a glaring omission because they are two future queens. The book seems like a quick attempt to produce a biography in time for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Although it is a relatively long book at 700-ish pages, it could have been so much better. It is like hearing a play-by-play of a sports game with not much color commentary.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    The Queen: An elegant new n biography of HM Elizabeth II A interesting read on Queen Elizabeth II. Parts were great, while other parts dragged on. Not too attentive to her first two children in their early years. Makes you wonder why she was so sheltered, by her parents, only to do the exact opposite to her own children Being absent for the most important years of Charles and Anne lives, brings a lot of sadness to my heart for them. Its no wonder why her children are damaged . Sad that their fath The Queen: An elegant new n biography of HM Elizabeth II A interesting read on Queen Elizabeth II. Parts were great, while other parts dragged on. Not too attentive to her first two children in their early years. Makes you wonder why she was so sheltered, by her parents, only to do the exact opposite to her own children Being absent for the most important years of Charles and Anne lives, brings a lot of sadness to my heart for them. Its no wonder why her children are damaged . Sad that their father appeared to be absent most of the time.

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