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Harry isn’t the first rebellious ‘spare’

Rebellious ‘spares’ are a feature of history

14 January 2023

9:00 AM

14 January 2023

9:00 AM

A historian should feel a strong sense of déjà vu on reading about Prince Harry’s rebellion against his family. Rebellious ‘spares’ are a constant feature of English history since at least 1066. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s characteristically vivid new book The World: A Family History offers plenty of gory examples from ancient Egypt, medieval China and even, when we move away from royalty, within dynasties such as the Kennedys.

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