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Eclecticist: The British Monarchy

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Introduction

Topic Overview

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Jargon

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Broadcast: 6th June, 2015

Last update: 6th June, 2015

Introduction

Topic Overview

Rulers recognised as monarchs appear in recorded history as early as 757AD when Offa became the king of Mercia, the then principal kingdom of Anglo-Saxon England. Throughout the following 1200 years, Kings and Queens have inherited, usurped and returned to the top of the social order to establish a gnarly tree of competing dynasties. Today, the royal family is virtually a political institution able to deftly negotiate its holdings with the largely secular government and increasingly secular church. As the rest of the world maintains a keen fascination with the celebrity and colourful lives of the extended family, are they managing to stay relevant in the shrinking world of the modern era?

Off Topic

(What we’re not talking about.)

Talking Points

Jargon

Wrap Up

From the Show

Notes, corrections and further references

The Royal Family at Work TV documentary series (YouTube)

First televised Royal christmas broadcast by the Queen, 1957 (YouTube)