Behind The Throne – Adrian Tinniswood
Having just seen the fantastic The Favourite – side note, I came away floored by the performances of Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, but also infatuated with the idea of having 17 house rabbits – the history of the royal household seems particularly pertinent. In that film we see the extraordinarily close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, who held a significant role in the household. Their friendship was potentially also a sexual relationship and Tinniswood states that the “balance of power within the relationship was wrong. Sarah was prepared to exploit this one-sided relationship to her own ends.”
While much of the rest of the history of the royal household doesn’t show that the boundaries were crossed in quite the same way as Anne and Sarah it still shows the powerplay of politics and the life behind closed doors.
Hardback. 362 pages.
18.4cm x 24cm x 3.5cm