The acclaimed penguin monarchs series short fresh expert accounts of englands rulers now in paperback elizabeth ii is the longest serving monarch who ever sat on the english or british throne. Douglas hurd is a politician biographer and novelist who served in the governments of margaret thatcher and john major as minister for europe 1979 83 secretary of state for northern ireland 1984 85 home secretary 1985 89 and secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs 1989 95. The penguin monarchs is a fantastic series for those wishing to get an overview of the reigns of the various kings and queens many of whom have been overlooked by all but the most dedicated scholars. Douglas hurds elizabeth ii the steadfast is a small pebble grounded firmly like a rock which will only crack split and fragment over time when weathers and feelings change in under 100 pages he has composed a readable manuscript accompanied by a list of longer works for those interested. Read elizabeth ii penguin monarchs the steadfast by douglas hurd with rakuten kobo in september 2015 queen elizabeth ii becomes britains longest reigning monarch during her long lifetime britain and th
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