Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Diana, Self-Interest, and British National Identity
Foyalty 233

Diana, Self-Interest, and British National Identity (Hardback)

Currently unavailable to order online.
Email me when back in stock


The public display of grief that accompanied the funeral of the late Princess of Wales drew attention to the many Britons who had found an affinity with Diana. Seeking an explanation for this affinity, Taylor argues that, during Diana's brief time in the world spotlight, Britain underwent a change in values and a shift in national identity from a system based almost exclusively on household and family values to one more accepting of individual autonomy and self-interest. Accustomed to royalty as symbols of national values and identity, persons of resentment (women, people of color, and homosexuals) found the divorced princess an apt symbol of their transvalued values. These groups declared ignoble the Queen, Prince Charles, and others who had previously been the patterns for nobility in British society, and they held up Diana as one truly noble. The British monarchy had come to symbolize household and family, but disaffected groups found themselves excluded from this model. While royal adultery and divorces were long characterized by a double standard, the Princess of Wales was able to win over considerable public sympathy to her plight.

By the 1990s, British household size and structure had changed so dramatically that a challenge to a traditionally based family value system was well timed. Women, people of color, and homosexuals saw in Diana's life their own transformation in identity that now found greater acceptance in the larger society.

JOHN A. TAYLOR is Professor of History at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. His other books include British Monarchy, English Church Establishment, and Civil Liberty (Greenwood Press, 1996) and British Impiricism and Early Political Economy: Gregory King's 1696 Estimates of National Wealth and Population (Greenwood Press, forthcoming).

More books by John A. Taylor

Leave Review


Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Standard Delivery FREE FREE 3-5 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Click and Collect is available for all our shops; collection times will vary depending on availability of items. Individual despatch times for each item will be given at checkout.

Special delivery items

A Year of Books Subscription Packages 

Delivery is free for the UK. Western Europe costs £60 for each 12 month subscription package purchased. For the Rest of the World the cost is £100 for each package purchased. All delivery costs are charged in advance at time of purchase. For more information please visit the A Year of Books page.

Animator's Survival Kit

For delivery charges for the Animator's Survival Kit please click here.


Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

The Emergence of the English
Susan Oosthuizen
The Royal Law
L.L. Blake
Enlightenment in a Smart City:...
Murray Pittock
© W&G Foyle Ltd
Foyles uses cookies to help ensure your experience on our site is the best possible. Click here if you’d like to find out more about the types of cookies we use.
Accept and Close