BEHIND THE THRONE: A DOMESTIC HISTORY OF THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD ADRIAN TINNISWOOD IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT

Adrian Tinniswood is Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Buckingham and the author of fifteen books, including the Sunday Times bestseller The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House Between the Wars. In his latest book Tinniswood uncovers the reality of five centuries of life at the English court, exploring the power struggles and petty rivalries, the tension between duty and desire; the practicalities of cooking dinner for thousands, or ensuring the king always won when he played a game of tennis. A royal household has always been a community, a vast machine with everyone from James I’s Master of the Horse to William IV’s Assistant Table Decker to Elizabeth II’s Digital Engagement Team working to smooth the sovereign’s path through life while simultaneously confirming his or her status. How has the royal household moulded our ideas about the Crown? And what purpose does it serve in a modern monarchy?