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Starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, Netflix's original series The Crown, created by Peter Morgan and growing out of his Oscar-winning movie The Queen starring Helen Mirren, paints a unique and intimate portrait of Britain's longest-reigning monarch. This official companion to the show's first season is an in-depth exploration of the early years of Elizabeth II's time as queen, complete with extensive research and additional material.
One of the show's most powerful themes is that royals do not choose their duty; it is thrust upon them. Princess Elizabeth never expected her father to die so suddenly, so young, leaving her not only a throne to fill but a global institution to govern. Crowned at 25, already a wife and mother, follow the journey of a woman learning to become a queen while facing her own challenges within her own family. This is the story of how Elizabeth II drew on every ounce of strength and British reserve to deal with crises not only on the continent but at home as well.
Written by best-selling historical biographer Robert Lacey, who also serves as the show's historical consultant, this official companion provides an in-depth exploration from behind the palace gates.
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By E F on 10-23-17
If you like "The Crown"
To start, I have watched "The Crown" three times. I love the story of Elizabeth II.
My favorite parts of this book is when the author explains how portions of the series were written, and the real history it was based on. It is clear that the series is only inspired by real events, and points out when those events differ from the series. For this reason, I really enjoyed listening to this book...
There are also background histories of the characters in the series, which give a quick and dirty background of England's 19th and early 20th century. If you know about English history, these portions may be boring, because they are very simple. However, it gives a great context to the story of "The Crown."
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By Maggie Evans on 06-06-18
Don't be swayed by the TV version
The Netflix episodes of The Crown are captivating and interesting. This was a snooze- I believe it was meant to provide some historical context for the TV adaptation, but this was dry and boring. The narrator's attempt to connect the film version to this "official companion" were weak at best.
Do not recommend and had to force myself to finish Volume 1. Will not buy Volume !!.
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