In the decades before the First World War no British institution
epitomised national identity more forcefully than the monarchy, and
no other institution inspired such a universal feeling of loyalty
and attachment. The crown reached this position in the half-century
after 1861 by giving up its residual political power to a more
powerful and more representative House of Commons and transforming
itself into a powerfully symbolic institution, by concentrating its
efforts on ceremony. The politicians who transformed the monarchy
in an era of mass politics, mass movements and massive ceremonial
displays constituted a cross-section of the political world. What
were these men doing? What was in their minds as they planned
enormous royal spectacles in London? This book focuses on the
action of five different individuals who created the modern
monarchy: Walter Bagehot, W.E. Gladstone, Lord Esher, Randall
Davidson and the Duke of Norfolk.
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William M. Kuhn
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