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Sarah Bradford
Riverhead Trade (May 1, 1997)
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Sarah Mary Malet Bradford, Viscountess Bangor (née Hayes; born 3 September 1938) is an English author who is best known for her royal biographies.

Sarah Mary Malet Bradford, Viscountess Bangor (née Hayes; born 3 September 1938) is an English author who is best known for her royal biographies. Bradford was born in Bournemouth in 1938, the daughter of Brigadier Hilary Anthony Hayes DSO OBE. She was educated at St Mary's School, Shaftesbury, Dorset.

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Sarah Bradford unravels Elizabeth's family secrets - how she was influenced by her father; her troubled relationships with her children; the story of her difficult marriage; and how this remarkable monarch has coped with the pressures of being a mother who is also the most famous woman in the world. The only book that could overtake it is the autobiography, which in this case will never be written' Spectator.

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Another of Elizabeth’s children, Prince Andrew, ended up in the tabloids, after photos emerged of his wife Sarah Ferguson and another man engaged in romantic activity. She celebrated 65 years on the throne in February 2017 with her Sapphire Jubilee.

Bradford, Sarah, 1938-. Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-, Queens. New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

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Biography of Queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth (1952 – ) was crowned Head of State, Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England in 1952. Read about her life story from a young princess to head of the British State and Commonwealth. Her religious views and role as monarch. She is the longest-serving British monarch and has presided over half a century of continual change both within the Royal Family, Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Elizabeth was the eldest child of Prince Albert, the Duke of York (later George VI) and his wife Elizabeth (later known as the Queen Mother).

Elizabeth : A Biography of Britain's Queen. Queen Elizabeth is a marvellous and interesting woman. I loved this book and made me realise the Queen's difficulties in her job. Although, it was kind to QE II, Buckingham Palace is there to ensure that no lies are spread about Her Majesty, not to ensure she's made out to be a saint. Excellent Overview of the Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 20 years ago.

Bradford's work falls into the category of molecular biography-pages of minutiae that very nearly bury the .

Bradford's work falls into the category of molecular biography-pages of minutiae that very nearly bury the subject and leave the reader gasping for less. But apparently people can't get enough of the British Royals. Bradford (Splendours and Miseries: A Life of Sacheverell Sitwell, 1993, et., herself a viscountess, tells all, scandals included. The scandals range from the rumored involvement of Elizabeth's her Queen Victoria with her servant John Brown to Elizabeth's youngest son's alleged affair with his valet.

Called "fascinatingly complex" by The Wall Street Journal, this New York Times bestseller is the first biography of Great Britain's current monarch written by a palace insider--Sarah Bradford, the Viscountess Bangor. This definitive, widely-praised biography includes many never-before-seen photographs.
  • So good. While its dated at this point it is a very well written book and still relevant almost twenty years after it was published. Would recommend supplementing with Sarah's other book on the Queen for a full and more up-to-date view.

  • Unfortunately, I read the 1996 version of this superlative biography, but doing so offered some unsettling glimpses of the times to come for The Queen and her clan. This is a surprisingly even-handed biography which neither exploits nor glosses over the troubles in the House of Windsor, and acknowledges the kind permission of The Queen, The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret for their sharing of personal papers. The Queen is a lady I think I'd like to meet, and certainly someone for whom I'd love to work. I don't think I'd enjoy working for anyone else in her family, but she seems to be a great boss. She is portrayed as a kind woman who loves horses, and who is rather remote with her children; not terribly surprising information there. What is surprising is who attuned she is to the goings-on around her, but how she chooses to ignore many of the more troublesome aspects because she loathes confrontation. This is referred to by Sarah Bradford as "ostriching."

    One of the sentences that leapt out at me in its optimism was one about Elizabeth's "ability to read the mood of her country." Just over a year later, this would prove tragically wrong when Princess Diana was killed in Paris and The Queen took almost a week to respond to the pain her country was feeling over the loss. It has been a turbulent decade since the original publication, including that awful week, and then the loss of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in 2002, and I'd like to read updated information regarding those events. I see that there is another version of "Elizabeth" updated in 2002, and I'll have to put that on my "to read" list.

  • I found this book very enjoyable and informative. I have read many other biographies of Queen Elizabeth II, but there were some
    new details presented here. Nothing shocking or in bad taste.
    The author has written fairly about a woman whose life we cannot imagine. You wonder how she has managed to cope these years.
    I came away with the belief that the powers that are behind the throne, the men in grey, should be eliminated or at least brought into this century. However, tradition is what keeps Elizabeth going and where would she be without it?

  • There is little in Ms Bradford's account to contradict Eleanor Roosevelt's view of the Royal Family of the 1950s that they were nice people but vastly detached from real life; possibly Mrs Roosevelt would have been less kindly disposed to the irresponsible younger royals of more recent years. It is a considerable feat to render people interesting whose importance derives wholly from their station, and Ms Bradford succeeds admirably in explaining the mystery of why eminent people who are substantial in their own right report so favourably on encounters with the Queen and Prince Philip while being unable because of the convention of not reporting private conversations to say just why. Ms Bradford is entertainingly forthcoming while properly diplomatic on the deficiencies of the lesser royals who are of any importance -- Prince Charles and Lord Mountbatten, for example -- and fills out the hagiography surrounding the Queen Mother with illuminating detail on her amusing inconsistencies. The one quibble I have is with the discussion of various constitutional niceties. Conceivably Ms Bradford's sources in the British and Commonwealth bureaus are as vague as the observations Ms Bradford makes on such matters as the status of Papua and New Guinea prior to their Independence in 1975 (Papua was indeed a British possession, albeit administered by Australia; New Guinea was an Australian UN Trust Territory) or Canada and Australia's respective evolving sovereignty. But these are indeed quibbles and detract only slightly from the overall excellence of the biography. Ms Bradford is a gifted writer and scholar of compelling and persuasive authority and has a mellifluous prose style. One wishes she might now turn her hand to subjects of more weight than the Queen, King George VI and Jackie Kennedy.

  • I have read many things about Queen Elizabeth II and this is, by far, the best! It is well- balanced, dignified, and fairly exhaustive. If you are looking for sensationalism and "dirt" look elsewhere. This work seems to be more about truth then hype. Although Her Majesty is treated with dignity in its pages, this does not mean that her disappointments and tragedies (and those of her family) are ignored. I feel this is an very readable and honest portrait of a great woman.

  • Elizabeth is a well-researched and very detailed chronicle of Her Majesty's life. At times, however, I thought the biography too detailed, especially about the innane and the irrelevant. I appreciated the descriptions about English political dynamics and the role of the monarch in a constitutional kingdom, but the seemingly endless banter about royal affairs were to me a little tabloid-ish. I would have wished for more political and historical context (something in the tradition of Robert Karo's Master of the Senate), but, with Bradford being a titled aristocrat herself, I suppose this is all I can expect. Elizabeth is an interesting read for those interested in royal life, but it will be tiresome for those yearning for a more substantive study of the reigning British monarch and the British government.