21H.342 | Fall 2003 | Undergraduate

The Royal Family


The following texts are required for the course. Also see the readings assigned for each class session and the bibliography of additional readings on topics covered in the course.

Required Texts and Class Session Readings

Griffiths, Ralph Alan, and John Ashton Cannon. The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. (referred to as “G and C” in table below)

Strachey, Lytton. Queen Victoria. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., 1987.

Townsend, Sue. The Queen and I. New York: Soho Press Inc., 1994.

Unit 1: Background
1 Tudors and Stuarts  
2 Royal Pageantry and Royal Politics  
3 Discussion

Oakland, John. “The Monarchy” in British Civilization. London, New York: Routledge, 1996.

Cannadine. The Context, Performance and Meaning of Ritual: The British Monarchy and the ‘Invention of Tradition’, c.1820-1977. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Unit 2: German Kings of England
4 George I and George II  
5 Discussion

G and C, pp. 459-484.

Thackeray, William M. The First Four Georges. New York: Book League of America, 1937. (selection)

Unit 3: The Father of His Country
6 George III  
7 Movie: The Madness of King George  
8 Discussion

G and C, pp. 484-529.

Burney, Fanny. The Diary of Fanny Burney. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1940. (selection)

Unit 4: Style and Scandal
9 Prince Regent and George IV  
10 Discussion

G and C, pp. 530-545.

Clark, Anna. “Queen Caroline and the Sexual Politics of Popular Culture.” in Representations. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

Laqueur. “The Queen Caroline Affair: Politics as Art in the Reign of George IV.” in The Journal of Modern History. September, 1992, pp. 417-466

11 Video: A Royal Scandal  
Unit 5: The Mother of Her Country
12 Transition: William IV to Victoria  
13 The Young Queen  
14 Victoria and Albert  
15 Discussion

G and C, pp. 545-578.

Strachey. Queen Victoria. Chapters 1-6.

16 Empress of India  
17 Discussion Bagehot. “The Monarchy.” in The English Constitution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Unit 6: The Shadow of War
18 Edward VII and George V  
19 Discussion

G and C, pp. 579-600.

Cannadine, David. “The Jubilee Program” in King George V. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1991.

Unit 7: Constitutional Crises and Recovery
20 The Abdication of Edward VIII  
21 Discussion

G and C, pp. 601-615.

Windsor, Edward. A King’s Story - The Memoirs of the Duke of Windsor. London: Prion Books, 1998. (selection)

22 George VI: Their Finest Hour  
Unit 8: The Monarchy in Modern Britain
23 Elizabeth II  
24 Discussion

G and C, pp. 615-636.

Townsend. The Queen and I.

25 Class Presentations  
26 Class Presentations  

General Background

Ashley, Michael. British Kings & Queens: The Complete Biographical Encyclopedia of the Kings & Queens of Great Britain. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2000, 1998.

Clayton, Tim, and Phil Craig. Diana: Story of a Princess. London: Coronet Books, Hodder & Stoughton, 2002, 2001.

Coles, Norman A. 1939 - John Ashton’s Case for James II as Rightful King of England: Rebellion or Revolution. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1998.

Douglas-Home, Charles, and Kelly, Saul. 1937. Dignified & Efficient: the British Monarchy in the Twentieth Century. Brinkworth, Wilts: Claridge Press, 2000.

Dunn, Kate, and Graham Holloway. Majesty. United States: Newbridge Communications, 1996, 1993.

Hardie, Frank. The Political Influence of the British Monarchy, 1868 - 1952. London: Batsford, 1970.

Hayden, Ilse. Symbol and Privilege: the Ritual Context of British Royalty. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1987.

Hitchens, Peter. The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana. San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2002, 1999.

Jones, Bill. Political Issues in Britain Today. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999.

Lacey, Andrew. 1960 - The Cult of King Charles the Martyr. Woodbridge, Suffolk, Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 2003.

Marshall, Rosalind Kay. Henrietta Maria, the Intrepid Queen. Owings Mills, Md.: Stemmer House Publishers, 1991.

Pearson, John. The Selling of the Royal Family: The Mystique of the British Monarchy. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986.

Pearsall, Ronald. Kings & Queens: A History of British Monarchy. New York: Todtri Productions, 1996.

Rapport, Nigel. British Subjects: An Anthropology of Britain. Oxford. New York: Berg, 2002.

Russell, Conrad. The Fall of the British Monarchies, 1637-1642. Oxford, New York: Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, 1991.

Taylor, Antony. ‘Down with the Crown’: British Anti-monarchism and Debates about Royalty Since 1790. London: Reaktion Books, 1999.

Taylor, John A. 1942 - British Monarchy, English Church Establishment, and Civil Liberty. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

The Times Kings and Queens of the British Isles. London: Times, 2002.

Tomlinson, Richard. 1958 - Divine Right: The Inglorious Survival of British Royalty. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1995, 1994.

Smith, Robert, and John S. Moore. The Monarchy: Fifteen Hundred Years of British Tradition. London: Published by Smith’s Peerage Ltd. for the Institute for Constitutional Research, 1998.

Smith, David L. Constitutional Royalism and the Search for Settlement, c. 1640 1649. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002, 1994.

Van der Kiste, John. Crowns in a Changing World: The British and European Monarchies, 1901-36. Stroud, Gloucestershire, Dover, N.H.: Alan Sutton, 1993.

George I and George II

Walpole, Horace. Memoirs of King George II, 3 vols. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

Van der Kiste, John. King George II and Queen Caroline. Stroud: Sutton Pub., 1997.

Hatton, Ragnhild Marie. George I, Elector and King. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978.

Dann, Uriel. Hanover and Great Britain, 1740-1760: Diplomacy and Survival. Irvington: Leicester University Press, 1991.

George III

Aspinall, A., ed. The Later Correspondence of George III. 5 vols. London: Cambridge: University Press, 1962.

Adoluphus John, Esq. History of England. 7 vols. London: John Lee, 1841.

Ayling, Stanley. George the Third Collins. London: 1972.

Barnes, Donald Grovesfor. George III and William Pitt. Stanford University Press, Stanford University, 1939.

Boustead, Guy. The Lone Monarch. John Lane. London: The Bodley Head, 1940.

Brooke, John. King George III. London: Constable, 1972.

Butterfield, Herbert. King George III & the Historians. London: Collins, 1957.

Butterfield, H. George III, Lord North, and the People. London: G. Bell and Sons, Ltd., 1949.

Clarke, John. Life and Times of George III. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1972.

Davies, J. G. Griffith. George the Third. London: Ivor Nicholson and Watson, 1936.

Davies, A. Mervyn. George III and the Constitution. Humphry Milford: Oxford University Press, 1921.

Derry, John W. The Regencey Crisis and the Whigs. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1963.

Donne, W. Bodham. Correspondence of George III with Lord North. 2 vols. London: John Murray, 1867.

Dobr’ee, Bonamy., ed. The Letters of King George III. London: Lassell and Company Ltd., 1935.

Fitzgerald, Percy. The Family of George III. 2 vols. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1882.

Fortescue, Sir John., ed. Correspondence of King George the Third. London: McMillan & Co. Ltd., 1927.

Hibbert, Christopher, 1924-; Simon Prebble. George III a Personal History. Prince Frederick, Md.: Recorded Books, 2000.

Guttmacher, Manfred S. America’s Last King. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1941.

James, Robert Rhodes. 1933 - A Spirit Undaunted: The Political Role of George VI. London: Abacus, 1999, 1998.

Jeffreys, Nathaniel. Conduct of the Prince of Wales. Nathaniel Jeffreys: London.

Jesse, John Heneage. Memoirs of King George the Third. DeLuxe Edition. 5 vols. Boston: Francis A. Niccolls & Co., 1901.

Iremonger, Lucille. Love and the Princess. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1958.

George III: His Court and Family. 2 vols. London: Henry Colburn, 1824.

Lloyd, Alan. The King Who Lost America. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1971.

Long, J. C. George III. Boston: Little, Brow and Company, 1960.

McKelvey, James Lee. George III and Lord Bute. Durham: Duke University Press, 1973.

Macalpine, Ida, and Richard Hunter. George III. London: Penguin Press, 1969.

Melville, Lewis. Farmer George. 2 vols. London: Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, Ltd., 1907.

Mumby, Frank Arthur. George III and the American Revolution. London: Constable & Company Ltd., 1924.

Papendiek. Court & Private Life in the Time of Queen Charlotte. 2 vols. London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1887.

Pares, Richard. King George III & The Politicians. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1953.

Sedgwick, Romney, ed. Letters from George III toward Bute. London: Macmillan and Co. Ltd., 1939.

Stuart, Dorothy Margaret. The Daughters of George III. London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1939.

Trench, Charles Chenevix. The Royal Malady. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc., 1964.

Vulliamy, C. E. Royal George. London: Jonathan Cape, 1937.

Walpole, Horace. Memoirs of the Reign of King George the Third. London: Richard Bentley, 1845.

Walkins, John. Memoirs of Queen Charlotte Henry Colburn. London: 1819.

Watson, J. Steven. The Reign of George III. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1960.

King George IV and Caroline

Aspinall, A., ed. Correspondonce of George Prince of Wales. 8 vols. London: Cassel, 1963.

Banvard, John. Life of George IV. New York: Literary and Art Publishing Co., 1880.

Bowman, William Dodgson. The Divorce Case of Queen Caroline. London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1930.

Buckingham, Duke of. Buckingham’s Court of George IV. 2 vols. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1859.

———. Buckingham’s Court of the Regency. 2 vols. London: Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, 1856.

Bury, Lady Charlotte Campell. Diary of the Times of George IV. 4 vols. London: Henry Colburn, 1838.

Clerici, Graziano Paolo. A Queen of Indiscretions. Translated by Frederic Chapman. London: John Lane the Bodley Head.

Compiled by Clerke, John Esq. Life of Caroline. London: Mackenzie and Dent.

Cobbett, William. King George IV. 2 vols. London: Mills, Jowett, and Mills, 1830.

Coxe, Howard. The Stranger in the House. London: Chatto & Windus, 1939.

Creston, Dormer. The Regent and his Daughter. London: Thornton Butterworth, Ltd., 1932.

Croly, Rev. George. George IV. New York: J. & J. Harper, 1831.

Fairburn, John. The Trial of Caroline, Queen of England (Trial of the Queen). 3 vols. London: 1820.

Fitzgerald, Percy. Life of George the Fourth. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1881.

Fulford, Roger. George The Fourth. London: Duckworth, 1935.

———. The Trial of Queen Caroline. London: B. T. Batsfor Ltd., 1967.

Galt, John Esq., ed. Times of George IV. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1839.

Sams, William. George IV and Caroline. London: Contemporary Pamphlets., 1821.

Gleave J. Trial of Caroline. 2 vols. Manchester: 1821.

Hibbert, Christopher. George IV: Prince of Wales. 2 vols. London: Longman Group Limited, 1972.

Huish, Robert Esq. Coronation of George IV. London: J. Robinson Company Albion Press, 1821

———. Memoirs of Caroline. 2 vols. London: Thomas Kelly, 1820.

Langdale, Charles. The Mistress of a King. Philadelphia: The Carter Publishing Company, 1892.

Leslie, Anita. Mrs. Fitzherbert. London: Hutchinson & Co. Ltd., 1960.

Leslie, Shane. George the Fourth. London: Bouverie House, 1926.

———. Mrs. Fitzherbert. London: Burns Oates, 1939.

Liverpool, Lord Russel of. Caroline: The Unhappy Queen. London: Robert Hale, 1967.

Melville, Louis. An Injured Queen: Caroline of Brunswick. London: Hutchinson & Co., 1912.

Morris, Marilyn. 1957 - The British Monarchy and the French Revolution. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.

Morshead, Sir Owen. George IV and Royal Lodge. Brighton: The Regency Society of Brighton & Hove, 1965.

Nightingale, J. Last Days of Caroline. London: J. Robin & Co. Albion Press, 1822.

———. Memoirs of Caroline, Queen of Great Britain. 2 vols. J. London: Robins & Co. Albion Press, 1820.

———. Trial of Queen Caroline. 3 vols. J. London: Robins & Co. Albion Press, 1820.

Parry, Sir Edward. Queen Caroline. New York: Charles Schribner’s Sons, 1930.

Perceval, Spencer. An Inquiry into the Conduct of the Prince of Wales. Lenton: John Fairburn, 1820.

Priestly, J. B. The Prince of Pleasure and His Regency 1811-20. New York and Evanston: Harper & Row, 1969.

Queen Caroline. Royal Wanderer. London: H. Rowe, 1823.

Richardson, Joanna. George IV: A Portrait. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1966.

———. The Disastrous Marriage. London: Jonathan Capp, 1960.

Sergeant, Philip W. George. Prince and Regent. London: Hutchinson & Co.

Collected by Smith, Sir David William. Coronation. 2 vols.

T. Kaygill. Trial of Queen Caroline. London: 1820.

Thompson, Grace E. The Prince of Scandal. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1931.

Wilkins, W. H. Mrs. Fitzherbert and George Ivu. Longmans. London: Green and Cor, 1905.

Wilks, John, Jr. Memoirs of Queen Caroline. 2 vols. London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1822.

Victoria and Albert

Clark, Ronald William. Balmoral, Queen Victoria’s Highland Home. London: Thames and Hudson, ©1981.

Florance, Arnold. Queen Victoria at Osborne. Newport: Arnold Florance, 1977.

Graham, Fisher and Heather. Bertie and Alix. Anatomy of a Royal Marriage. London: R. Hale, 1954.

Kerr, John. Queen Victoria’s Scottish Diaries: Her Day Dreams. Lochar Pub., 1992.

Kuhn, William M. Democratic Royalism: The Transformation of the British Monarchy, 1861 - 1914. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996.

Matson, John A. Dear Osborne: Queen Victoria’s Family Life in the Isle of Wight. London: H. Hamilton, ©1978.

Stead, Michael J. Queen Victoria’s Scotland. London: Cassell, 1992.

York, Sarah Mountbatten - Windsor. Duchess of. Victoria and Albert: Life at Osborne House. London: Weidenfield & Nicolson, 1991.

Williams, Richard. 1963 - The Contentious Crown: Public Discussion of the British Monarchy in the Reign of Queen Victoria. Aldershot, England. Brookfield, Vt.: Ashgate, 1997.

Edward VII

Allfrey, Anthony. Edward VII and his Jewish Court. London: Weidenfield & Nicolson, 1991.

Aronson, Theo. The King in Love: Edward VII’s Mistress. London: Murray, 1988.

Bloom, Ursula. Edward and Victoria. London: R. Hale, 1977.

Draper, Alfred. The Prince of Wales. London: New English Library, 1975.

Hibbert, Christopher. Edward VII, A Portrait. London: Allen Lane, 1976.

Judd, Dennis. Edward VII: A Pictoral Biography. London: Macdonald and Jane’s, 1975.

Lamont-Brown, Raymond. Edward VII’s Last Loves. Stroud: Sutton, 1998.

Magnus, Philip Montefiore, Sir, bart. King Edward the Seventh. New York: Dutton, 1964.

Pearson, John. Edward the Rake. London: Weidenfield & Nicolson, 1975.

Plumptre, George. Edward VII. London: Pavillion, 1995.

Queen Victoria and British Culture, 1837-1876. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Roby, Kinley E. The King, the Press and the People: A Study of Edward VII. London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1975.

St. Aubyn, Giles. Edward VII: Prince and King. London: Collins, 1979.

Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson

Bloch, Michael. The Duke of Windsor’s War. London: Weidenfield and Nicolson, 1982.

Birmingham, Stephen. Duchess. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1981.

Blackwood, Caroline. The Last of the Duchess. New York: Pantheon Books, 1995.

Bloch, Michael, ed. Wallis and Edward: Letters. New York: Summit Books, 1986.

Bloch, Michael. Operation Willi. Toronto: Random House, 1984.

———. The Duchess of Windsor. London: Weidenfield & Nicolson, 1996.

———. The Reign & Abdication of Edward VIII. London: Bantam Press, 1990.

———. The Secret Files of the Duke of Windsor. London: Bantam Press, 1988.

Bocca, Geoffrey. The Woman Who Would Be Queen. New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc., 1954.

Bryan, J. III, and Charles J. V. Murphy. The Windsor Story. New York: William Morrow & Company Inc., 1979.

Garrett, Richard. Mrs. Simpson. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1979.

Higham, Charles. The Duchess of Windsor: The Secret Life. New York: McGraw - Hill Book Company, 1988.

King, Grey. The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson. New York: Aurum Press, 1999.

Mackenzie, Compton. The Windsor Tapestry. London: Chatton and Windus, 1952.

Martin, Ralph G. The Woman He Loved. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1974.

McLeod, Kirsty. Batlle Royal. London: Constable, 1999.

Menkes, Suzy. The Windsor Style. London: Grafton Books, 1987.

Moore, Charles, and Christopher Hawtree, eds. 1936: As Recorded by the Spectator. London: Michael Joseph, 1986.

Mosley, Diana. The Duchess of Windsor. New York: Stein and Day, 1981.

Parker, John. King of Fools. London: Macdonald, 1988.

Pye, Michael. The King over the Water. London: Hutchinson, 1981.

Thomas, Gwynne. King Pawn or Black Night? Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, 1995.

Thornton, Michael. Royal Feud. London: Michael Joseph, 1985.

Ziegler, Phillip. King Edward VIII. London: Collins, 1990.

George VI

James, Robert Rhodes. 1933 - A spirit Undaunted: The Political Role of George VI. London: Abacus, 1999, 1998.

Elizabeth II

Green, Robert. 1969 - Queen Elizabeth II. New York: F. Watts, 1997.

Packard, Jerrold M. The Queen & Her Court: A Guide to the British Monarchy Today. New York: Scribner, 1981.

Next Generation

Andersen, Christopher P. Diana’s Boys: William and Harry and the Mother They Loved. Rockland, MA: Wheeler Pub., 2002, 2001.

Dougherty, Terri. Prince William. San Diego, CA: Lucent Books, 2002.

Harmon, Melissa Burdick. Diana: The People’s Princess. New York: MetroBooks, 2002.

Haseler, Stephen. 1942 - The End of the House of Windsor: Birth of a British Republic. London, New York: I. B. Tauris, 1993.

Kear, Adrian, and Deborah Lynn Steinberg. Mourning Diana Nation, Culture and the Performance of Grief. London, New York: Routledge, 2002 (Internet Resource).

King, Jon. Beveridge, John. Princess Diana: The Hidden Evidence: How MI6 and the CIA were Involved in the Death of Princess Diana. [New York]: Northam: SPI, Roundhouse, 2002.

Thomas, James. Diana’s Mourning: A People’s History. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2002.

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