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  • Published: 15 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141988726
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $24.00

George V (Penguin Monarchs)

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.

  • Pub date: 15 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141988726
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $24.00

About the Author

David Cannadine

Sir David Cannadine is Chair of the National Portrait Gallery in London, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and General Editor of the Penguin History of Europe and Penguin History of Britain. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Chair of the Blue Plaques Committee. His major books include The Rise and Fall of the British Aristocracy, Ornamentalism and Mellon: A Life. He has previously taught at Cambridge, Columbia and London universities.

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