Review – The Queen: A Life in Brief
The Queen: A Life in Brief, by Robert Lacey, is just what it says it is – a short biography of Britain’s Queen from her birth to the engagement of her grandson, Prince William. The book portrays her as a good monarch but as a not so good parent. I thought it portrayed her in a mostly positive light even after the death of Diana.
When Elizabeth was born, her grandfather was King. Elizabeth was not groomed to become Queen because her ascension to the throne seemed unlikely since her father was second in line to the throne. She was taught to revere the crown from birth, though. When Elizabeth’s grandfather passed away, her uncle ascended to the throne. When he chose love over royalty, her father was thrust into the role of King. Elizabeth was eleven at the time. As his first born child, she became Queen after his untimely death when she was twenty five years old. Lacey shows the dedication and sacrifices she has made in order to serve her country. I’m not sure there’s a lot of new information in this book, but it does give a nice overview for anyone interested in learning about the Queen.
The book has French flaps and is printed on high quality, glossy paper and includes dozens of photographs, many of them in color. At 157 pages, it’s a quick read and doesn’t get bogged down with too many unnecessary details. The Queen would make a great collector’s item or a lovely gift for someone interested in Queen Elizabeth.