Jordan after King Hussein

“In the Middle East poverty generally goes along with down-trodden insignificance. The late, much admired, King Hussein broke that rule. Jordan’s poverty meant that it dared not fall out with too many of its neighbours. Hussein’s greatest talent was for duplicity: for convincing people who hated one another implacably and fundamentally that he agreed wholly with them both”

Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah

“Unlike the reigning, but not ruling, monarchies of many of Europe’s industrial and postindustrial democracies, the monarchies of the Middle East both reign and rule. But Jordan remains a unique casa even in the Middle Eastern context”

From Abdullah to Hussein: Jordan in Transition

“After a quarter-century as amir and then another five years as king, Abdullah’s reign was synonymous, not merely coterminous, with Transjordan’s consolidation, autonomy, independence, and, ultimately, expansion”

King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life

“The reference to democracy being ‘reborn’ was particularly interesting, carrying as it did connotations of a return to the pre-1958 ‘democratic’ system under the Hashemite monarchy”

Queen Victoria. First Media Monarch

“The growth of a mass print and visual culture in the nineteenth century was a vital influence upon the development of the British monarchy. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to preside over conditions approaching a mass urban and industrial society”

The Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth II

“When Princess Elizabeth was born she was third in line for the throne after her uncle, the Prince of Wales, and her father, and under the 1701 Act of Settlement she took precedence over her father’s young brothers. Therefore, until either her uncle had a legitimate heir, or her father had a son, Elizabeth’s eventual succession was possible, and she had a special standing as a result”

The Queen and Mrs. Thatcher

“This is the story of two powerful women who met and disliked each other on sight. For over one decade, they politely waged a quiet war on both personal and political fronts”

Queen Elizabeth II and the Evolution of the Monarchy

 “The Queen has stood above politics, and has faultlessly maintained an impartiality and discretion on sensitive matters in her dealings with the 12 Prime Ministers who have served during her reign”

From Biography to History: Writing the Modern British Monarchy

“It examines the differences in approach over the past two centuries, in particular, from the uncritical biographies of the Victorian period to the current unregulated flood of material, authorized and unauthorized. Such an analysis goes beyond the history of dynasties and individuals and becomes a history of society”

Churchill and the British Monarchy

 “Churchill, like the Iron Duke before him, was not only her majesty’s greatest subject: he was also an ardent admirer of the institution of monarchy, and of the person and the character of the last British sovereign he himself would live to serve”