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By Philip Ziegler

Written through Philip Ziegler, one among Britain's so much celebrated biographers, George VI is a part of the Penguin Monarchs sequence: brief, clean, specialist debts of England's rulers in a collectible format

If Ethelred used to be notoriously 'Unready' and Alfred 'Great', King George VI may still undergo the identify of 'George the Dutiful'.

Throughout his existence, George committed himself to the pursuit of what he suggestion he should be doing instead of what he desired to do. Inarticulate and loathing any type of public appearances, he permitted that it used to be his future to determine conspicuously within the public eye, gritted his the teeth, battled his crippling stammer and received on with it.

He was once now not born to be king, yet he made an admirable one, and was once the figurehead of the kingdom on the time of its maximum trial, the second one global warfare. it is a really good, touching and infrequently humorous ebook approximately this reluctant public determine, and the non-public man.

Philip Ziegler is the writer of the accredited biographies of Mountbatten, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath. His different books contain The Duchess of Dino, William IV, The Black Death and such a lot lately Olivier. firstly a diplomat, he labored for a few years in ebook publishing earlier than changing into a full-time author.

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June 19, Windsor Castle, afternoon. Present: the Queen: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer. The inhabitants of Drury Lane in the parish of St. Martin’s in the Fields [their petition is read setting forth] that there is a building, late Mr. Burgesse’s Meeting House situate in Russell Court, which being convenient for a chapel of ease for the use of the said inhabitants who are very remote from their parochial church, they have taken and fitted up for that use: but now finding the charge thereof to amount to about 650l.

To the Paymaster of the Works: to be paid over to Mr. Wise as in part of 3323l. 1s. 0d. resting due on bills passed by the officers of the works, being for works in her Majesty’s Gardens at Kensington, Windsor, etc. Prepare the state of a case for the Attorney General’s opinion whether the 6472l. 1s. 0d. in the Exchequer [arising out] of [pirate] Kid’s* effects may be issued for the service of the Hospital at Greenwich: And another state of a case for his opinion whether the remainder of 6000l.

HENRY VIII AND HIS SERVANTS Early Tudor government was personal government. Distinction between public and private service was never clear; the king’s servants were his, not the state’s, though they might perform the duties of a bureaucrat. These letters give some idea of the nature of the king’s government in the reign of Henry VIII. Gaining a foothold in the royal service depended upon the cultivation of personal ties. Patrons found posts for clients, who in turn magnified the importance of their benefactors, giving them eyes and ears in the bureaucracy.

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