Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting by Carolyn Harris


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How royal parents raised their children over the past thousand years, from keeping the Vikings at bay to fending off paparazzi.

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are setting trends for millions of parents around the world. The upbringing of their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, is the focus of intense popular scrutiny. Royalty have always raised their children in the public eye and attracted praise or criticism according to parenting standards of their day.

Royal parents have always faced unique privileges and challenges. In medieval times, raising an heir often meant raising a rival, and monarchs sometimes faced their grown children on the battlefield. Kings and queens who lost their thrones through wars or popular revolutions found solace in time spent with their children. In modern times, royal duties and overseas tours have often separated young princes and princesses from their parents, a circumstance that is slowly changing with the current generation of British royalty.


As a 21st century parent, this is a completely fascinating account of how children were raised throughout history. Not only does the book cover how the royals were parented, but it also addresses some of the parenting and social ideals of the times.

The book is broken up into chronological chapters based on a selection of leaders and the times that they reigned. Let’s just say, we’ve come a very long way since the medieval times!

The author is obviously an expert on this subject and it shows. There are excellent facts and quotes to support the accounts throughout history.

My only complaints were that it was, at times, difficult to follow as it jumped around a bit chronologically. Also, although written very well, I wish it was a little bit less textbook-ish and more conversational in tone. Though I know that would be a difficult feat given all the facts presented here!

Highly recommend! 4/5 stars

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