The Nature of Kingship in First World War Britain

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy book series (PSMM)


The nature of kingship as it was expressed by George V during the Great War is assessed in this chapter, particularly in relation to memorialisation of those who died ‘for King and Country’, remedying a lack in the cultural historiography of the conflict. It argues that the British royal family was central to both the practical mobilisation of the war effort and the cultural belief systems that underpinned contemporary British mentalities. It undertakes an examination of the extent to which the monarch was identified as a sacralised figure, and the implications of this for the King; as well as an exploration of how this affected the public media presentation of George V during the Great War. The purpose is to emphasise that ideas of kingship changed in ways that had implications for future inhabitants of the throne bearing the Windsor label.


British Society Royal Family Daily Mail George Versus Edward VIII 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International History, London School of Economics (LSE)LondonUK

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