It seems there is a new book about the British Royal Family being released every other day. I’m not sure why this fascinates me, yet I find myself reading them. However, the British Royals are all over the news, in the papers and on social media. This month I read the book Courtiers, which takes an in-depth look at how the British Royal Institution operate behind closed doors. Written by Valentine Low, this has to be the last royal book I will review for a while.
It is a very dry read and gives you a historical perspective of the role of a courtier. The book covers the mid-twentieth century to the present day. There are anecdotes, memories, and stories interlaced throughout the book. We are told how people used to cherish the title of being a courtier, but now it appears the job/career title is something to be ashamed of. This is not to mention the uniform a courtier has to wear. A Courtier’s job is not an easy one. Their primary role is to attend to the monarch or other royal family members.
What is interesting is how much power a courtier has over the royal family and the different courtiers. This power comes as advice and suggestions. It almost feels like a coercive relationship, and they trap members of the royal family in a cycle of tradition and appeasing the general public.
Harry, Meghan, William and Kate
Let’s be honest; anyone who invites a new person to join a family is going to have some issues, as we all have different ways and ideas about life. It is no surprise that this book has gossip about the current royal family, their troubles, and the various family members at war with in-laws. These stories and issues have seeped into the book for sensationalism and in an out-of-date sequence, which can get confusing and appear a little unnecessary. Low touches on the accounts of bullying staff and the resulting mental health issues, but much has been written about this before.
Should I Recommend This Book? After delving into its contents, I must admit that I’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to. Furthermore, spanning roughly 400 pages, it leaves me questioning its purpose. Additionally, it comes across as an attempt by the author or publishing company to capitalize on the public’s fascination with the royal family, while desperately searching for a fresh angle to push book sales.