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Royal River

Power, Pageantry and the Thames

David Starkey, Susan Doran (ed.), Robert Blyth (ed.)

ISBN: 978 1 85759 700 4
Size: 280 x 240 mm / 9.5 x 11 in.
Binding: softcover
Pages: 292
Images: 270

UK £25.00 / US $39.95


  • Published to accompany a major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, in 2012
  • Illustrated throughout with nearly 300 colour images of objects drawn from major collections, including those of Her Majesty The Queen.
  • Many of the objects, some never seen in public before, have been specially photographed for this book


This lavishly illustrated catalogue, published to accompany the major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, in 2012, explores the history of the Thames as a stage for Royal power, celebration and symbolism. It provides a thematic overview of major events and key individuals from the Tudor age onwards. Dr David Starkey, the leading authority on Britain's royal history, is the exhibition's guest curator. Dr Starkey and other experts examine the history of the Thames, London's greatest 'street'. The book includes colourful and sometimes unexpected stories of royal arrivals, coronations and marriages; the Lord Mayor's Procession and London's ancient livery companies; ship launches and bridge openings; frost fairs and boat races; and the solemn splendour of Lord Nelson's funeral procession.


David Starkey is a leading expert on the royal history of Britain and especially Tudor England. He is the author of numerous books and appears regularly on television, the radio and in the press, presenting major history series. Susan Doran is senior research fellow in history at Jesus College. She is the author and editor of many books on the Tudor period. Robert J. Blyth is curator of imperial and maritime history at the National Maritime Museum.


"an extraordinary display of pomp, pageantry and patriotism, shot through with toil, tragedy and squalor"
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