Book Review – The Crown Volume 1

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Adult Book Reviews

Book Title:  The Crown, Volume 1

Author:  Robert Lacy

Published by:  Crown Archetype (October 17, 2017)

Amazon info:

The official companion to the Emmy-winning Netflix drama chronicling the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and starring Claire Foy and John Lithgow, The Crown by Peter Morgan, featuring additional historical background and beautifully reproduced archival photos and show stills

Elizabeth Mountbatten never expected her father to die so suddenly, so young, leaving her with a throne to fill and a global institution to govern. Crowned at twenty-five, she was already a wife and mother as she began her journey towards becoming a queen.

As Britain lifted itself out of the shadow of war, the new monarch faced her own challenges. Her mother doubted her marriage; her uncle-in-exile derided her abilities; her husband resented the sacrifice of his career and family name; and her rebellious sister embarked on a love affair that threatened the centuries-old links between the Church and the Crown. This is the story of how Elizabeth II drew on every ounce of resolve to ensure that the Crown always came out on top.

Written by the show’s historical consultant, royal biographer Robert Lacey, and filled with beautifully reproduced archival photos and show stills, The Crown: The Official Companion: Volume 1 adds expert and in-depth detail to the events of the series, painting an intimate portrait of life inside Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street. Here is Elizabeth II as we’ve never seen her before.


My rating:  4 stars

My review:

I only saw a small part of “The Crown” on Netflix but my daughters enjoyed the whole series. Regardless, this is a helpful book to understand the history as well as the artistic liberties the creator of the series used. I always wonder how much of some of these historical dramas is true…this book answers that question for this one.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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