Helen Fry In Conversation with Tracy Borman

on her new book “Crown & Sceptre”

Appealing to the intrinsic fascination with British royalty, Borman lifts the veil to reveal the remarkable characters and personalities who have ruled Britain. Since the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the Monarchy has been more ceremonial―a crucial distinction explaining the staying power as the royal family has evolved and adapted, avoiding the storms of rebellion that brought many of Europe’s royals to an abrupt end.

Tracy Borman has terrific stories about Richard III; Henry VIII; Elizabeth I; George III; Victoria; Elizabeth II: whose names evoke eras and dramatic events, forming the sweep of British history.

Also in the series:

Life in Britain’s Royal Palaces – behind the Scenes: Wed. July 20 @ 2pm / 7pm GMT

The Mountbattens: The Lives and Loves of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten

Andrew Lownie talks about his new book with Helen Fry

The intimate story of a unique marriage spanning the heights of British glamour and power that descends into infidelity, manipulation, and disaster through the heart of the twentieth century.

From British high society to the South of France, from the battlefields of Burma to the Viceroy’s House, The Mountbattens is a rich and filmic story of a powerful partnership, revealing the truth behind a carefully curated legend.

Was Mountbatten one of the outstanding leaders of his generation, or a man over-promoted because of his royal birth, high-level connections, film-star looks and ruthless self-promotion? What is the true story behind controversies such as the Dieppe Raid and Indian Partition, the love affair between Edwina and Nehru, and Mountbatten’s assassination in 1979?

Also in the series:

Andrew Lownie’s new book “Stalin’s Englishman: Guy Burgess”: Sun. Feb. 13 @ 11am