January 3, 2013


Let me admit a little something. I am completely and totally swept up in the British royalty nonsense. Royal baby, yes. Royal wedding, of course. Royal anything, but I had never properly learned all of the rules of royalty. As an American, why would I have been taught about royalty? We don't have royalty, even celebrities don't earn our undying attention.

I thought it was high time to educate myself on something that fascinated me for no practical reason at all. In comes, On Royalty by Jeremy Paxman. 


It's a non-fiction book about royalty in general, written by a British journalist with a necessary flair for sharing stories about his own country's monarchs. I delved into the intricate stories and interesting lives of those who have been and currently are royal. He shared stories about weddings, births, quirky jokes, strange personalities, weird diseases and most interestingly, public opinion. The book also weaved a political story, about why royalty exists in the modern world. I finished the book with a broader sense of what a life destined for the royal throne, one of both fame and isolation, would be like. It was both entertaining and enlightening. I can't say I'd reread it, but I'm glad I gave it a read. 

Have you read this book? Are you as obsessed as I am? 

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