Over the past few years, the relationship between the British royal family and the media has been difficult, to say the least. Superabundant publicity does not appear to have done the monarchy any good. But was it any different or any better in the past? The Windsors did not always shun publicity, certainly not on principle. On the contrary, right from the beginning they consciously made widespread use of available media to popularise the British monarchy. In that respect they were far ahead of their colleagues on the Continet; the British monarchy can certainly be regarded as the most modern of al European monarchies. Which, perhaps, also makes it logical that they would be the first to encounter the limits of their own modernity.Van Osta's article is a revised version of a chapter from the book, The Theatre of the nation. The roots of the present-day monarchy, that is publishes in 1998.

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Publisher Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid
Journal Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis
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Note Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis; Vol 1, No 1 (1998): Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis: themanummer Monarchie; 10-34
Osta, Jaap van. (2013). Ombarmhartige schijnwerpers. De opkomst van de Britse mediamonarchie. Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 1(1), 10–34.

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