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Imperial marriage : an Edwardian war and peace

Author: Hugh Cecil; Mirabel Cecil
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Certain lives epitomize the spirit of an age, its glamour, its triumphs and its broken dreams. Such were the lives of the central figures of this book. Lord Edward Cecil, an adventurous Guards officer, married Violet Maxse in 1894 as Britain reached its imperial zenith. He fought alongside Kitchener in the Sudan, and during the Boer War in South Africa he served as Chief Staff Officer to Baden-Powell and was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Edward Cecil, Lord; Violet Georgina Milner Milner, Viscountess; Alfred Milner Milner, Viscount.; Edward Cecil, Lord; Violet Georgina Milner Milner, Viscountess; Alfred Milner Milner, Viscount.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Cecil; Mirabel Cecil
ISBN: 0719560438 9780719560439
OCLC Number: 49351012
Description: xiii, 366 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Illustrations; Maps; Preface; Introduction: Childhood and Youth, 1867-1894; 1. Edward Cecil's Childhood; 2. Schooldays and Hatfield; 3. Violet Maxse's childhood; 4. Violet in Paris and in Society; 5. With Wolseley in Ireland; Marriage and Campaigning, 1894-1898: 6. Engagement and Marriage; 7. Married Life; 8. The Sudan Campaign; 9. 'The Apotheosis of Empire'; The South African War, 1899-1900: 10. The South African Crisis; 11. Groote Schuur; 12. Mafeking; 13. Violet at the Cape; 14. The Relief of Mafeking; 15. Zeerust; Egypt and England, 1901-1914; 16. Egypt; 17. 'A Tragic Combination of Success and Failure', Alfred Milner; 18. Great Wigsell; 19. George and Helen; 20. Edward in Egypt; From War to Peace, 1914-1921: 21. George at War; 22. The Quest of George; 23. The Second Year of Armageddon; 24. Last Years in Egypt; 25. The Death of Edward; 26. 'The Leisure of an Egyptian Official; 27. Peacemaking; Lady Milner, 1921-1958: 28. Lady Milner; 29. After Alfred, the National Review; 30. The Coming of War; 31. Wartime at Wigsell; 32. Memories Notes; Bibliography; Acknowledgements; Index
Responsibility: Hugh and Mirabel Cecil.

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Certain lives epitomize an age, its glamour, its successes, and its broken dreams. Such were the lives of the subjects of this biography - Lord Edward Cecil, his wife Violet, and Alfred Milner with  Read more...

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