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Keepers of the Kingdom: The Ancient Offices…

Keepers of the Kingdom: The Ancient Offices of Britain

by Alastair Bruce, Julian Calder (Photographer), Mark Cator (Photographer)

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British offices of the obscure, arcane, strange, and unique. Those ropes and pickets on the chest of the Master of the Horse are the same as those on the Commander in Chief Naval Home Command. Why? To keep both horse and boat tethered to ground. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
I'm glad somebody took these photos before any more of these offices were abolished. ( )
  AlexV_was_taken | Feb 22, 2007 |
An enjoyable coffee table book for anyone interested in British pageantry. Consists of short one page profiles of the various offices along with a creative photograph of the office holder(s), often with their ceremonial regalia.
A collection of internet links related to persons and organizations profiled in _Keepers of the Kingdom_: http://del.icio.us/Neitz/Keepers_of_the_Kingdom ( )
  Neitz | Sep 29, 2005 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0865652023, Hardcover)

The English are famed for their love of pageantry, theatricality, dressing-up, secrets, rituals, cricket, irony, the past--in fact, anything with which to disguise themselves and baffle onlookers. A foreign journalist said recently that it is the only country in the world where the children behave like adults and the adults like children. There could be no better introduction to this topsy-turvy wonderland than this lavishly illustrated guide to all those weird offices that still exist--offices that in any other country would have been quietly and efficiently abolished ages ago. Here is the Chief Butler and Grand Carver of England (the Earl of Denbigh, by hereditary right), the High Almoner, the Lord Warden of the Stannaries (responsible for "knackt bals"--don't ask!), and the Herb Strewer at the Coronation. It is all undeniably arcane and faintly ridiculous, but the child in us all will find it a hugely entertaining splash of color and eccentricity in an increasingly drab and uniform global culture. These Keepers of the Kingdom are sure to disappear before too much longer. Enjoy them while you can. --Christopher Hart, Amazon.co.uk

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:19 -0400)

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