The Queen Mother : the official biography /

The official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charles--and the most beloved British monarch of the twentieth century. Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon--the ninth of the Earl of Strathmor...

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Main Author: Shawcross, William.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Edition:1st U.S. ed.
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260 |a New York :  |b Alfred A. Knopf,  |c 2009. 
300 |a xxiv, 1096 p., [40] p. of plates :  |b ill., geneal. tables, ports. ;  |c 25 cm. 
504 |a Includes bibliographical references (p. 965-1056) and index. 
520 |a The official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charles--and the most beloved British monarch of the twentieth century. Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon--the ninth of the Earl of Strathmore's ten children--was born on August 4, 1900, and, certainly, no one could have imagined that her long life (she died in 2002) would come to reflect a changing nation over the course of an entire century. Now, William Shawcross--given unrestricted access to the Queen Mother's personal papers, letters, and diaries--gives us a portrait of unprecedented vividness and detail. Here is the girl who helped convalescing soldiers during the First World War . . . the young Duchess of York helping her reluctant husband assume the throne when his brother abdicated . . . the Queen refusing to take refuge from the bombing of London, risking her own life to instill courage and hope in others who were living through the Blitz . . . the dowager Queen--the last Edwardian, the charming survivor of a long-lost era--representing her nation at home and abroad . . . the matriarch of the Royal Family and "the nation's best-loved grandmother." A revelatory royal biography that is, as well, a singular history of Britain in the twentieth century. 
505 0 |a An Edwardian childhood, 1900-1914 -- Tending the wounded, 1914-1918 -- Prince Albert, 1918-1923 -- A royal wedding, 1923 -- Duchess of York, 1923-1924 -- On safari, 1924-1925 -- Birth of a princess, 1925-1927 -- An Australasian assignment, 1927 -- The long weekend, 1927-1936 -- Abdication, 1936-1937 -- Queen Consort, 1937- 1939 -- Across the Atlantic, 1939 -- The Queen at war, 1939-1941 -- Years like great black oxen, 1942-1945 -- War to peace, 1945-1947 -- Joy and sorrow, 1947-1952 -- Queen Mother, 1952-1955 -- Favourites, 1956-1960 -- The heart of the matter -- At home -- Queen voyager, 1961-1967 -- Under scrutiny, 1968-1981 -- Poetry and pain, 1981-1999 -- Centenarian, 1999-2002 -- Epilogue -- Appendix A. Family trees -- Appendix B. Queen Elizabeth's patronages. 
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