The Unexpected King
The acclaimed Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers - now in paperback.
'Although not born to succeed, King George had done so in both senses of the word: he had unexpectedly inherited the throne, and he had been an unexpectedly successful king'
He was not intended to be king, yet in many ways George V created the modern British monarchy, emphasizing public duty, changing his family name to 'Windsor' and delivering the first Christmas broadcast. This sparkling biography offers new insights into the king who set the tone of the monarchy to the present day.