It is not often that the title of a book grabs my attention like this and I watched as it was endlessly postponed before finally being released in June.
Lust, Lies and Monarchy: The Secrets Behind Britain’s Royal Portraits discusses several royal paintings and portraits and the history behind them. However, the actual paintings are discussed rather briefly, and while the history around the paintings is discussed, the author sometimes relies on the rumour mill narrative and does not delve deeper into discussions such as about the Princes in the Tower. It all rather remains on the surface, which makes the inclusion of walking tours at the back of the book even stranger. I would have devoted this space to delve just a little bit deeper.
Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I just wish there had been more.
Lust, Lies and Monarchy: The Secrets Behind Britain’s Royal Portraits by Stephen Millar is available now in both the US and the UK.
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