I think this is EXACTLY what we need right now. Heather and I have our own copies of this book, and it looks FANTASTIC. Very much full of HISTORICAL DETAILS and ROYAL LOGISTICS.

Let’s flip it over and read the back:

The official companion to the Emmy-winning Netflix drama chronicling the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and starring Claire Foy and John Lithgow, The Crown by Peter Morgan, featuring additional historical background and beautifully reproduced archival photos and show stills.

Elizabeth Mountbatten never expected her father to die so suddenly, so young, leaving her with a throne to fill and a global institution to govern. Crowned at twenty-five, she was already a wife and mother as she began her journey towards becoming a queen.

As Britain lifted itself out of the shadow of war, the new monarch faced her own challenges. Her mother doubted her marriage; her uncle-in-exile derided her abilities; her husband resented the sacrifice of his career and family name; and her rebellious sister embarked on a love affair that threatened the centuries-old links between the Church and the Crown. This is the story of how Elizabeth II drew on every ounce of resolve to ensure that the Crown always came out on top.

Written by the show’s historical consultant, royal biographer Robert Lacey, and filled with beautifully reproduced archival photos and show stills, The Crown: The Official Companion: Volume 1 adds expert and in-depth detail to the events of the series, painting an intimate portrait of life inside Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street. Here is Elizabeth II as we’ve never seen her before.

THE TASK: I have three copies to give away, and I’ll be picking the winner at random. But to keep it fun, please comment and answer this hypothetical question: If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of a royal personage (throughout history, any country, in any time period) and live in that body for 72 hours before returning to your own: Who would that be, and when would you choose?

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. (Prizing courtesy of the author. Open to ALL READERS. GFY uses affiliate links when appropriate — like the one to Amazon in this post — which means we earn a little money when you click through and/or buy stuff. Thank you!)

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