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The Queen Mother : the official biography

Author: William Shawcross
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Elizabeth, Queen consort of George VI King of Great Britain; Elizabeth, Queen consort of George VI King of Great Britain; Elizabeth, Queen consort of George VI King of Great Britain; Elisabeth, Großbritannien Königin 1900-2002
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Shawcross
ISBN: 9781400043040 1400043042
OCLC Number: 436100107
Description: xxiv, 1096 pages, [40] pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical tables, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: William Shawcross.

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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.

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