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The viceroy's daughters : the lives of the Curzon sisters

Author: Anne De Courcy
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, [2002]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"Irene (born 1896), Cynthia (born 1898) and Alexandra (born 1904) were the three daughters of Lord Curzon, viceroy of India from 1898 to 1905 and probably the grandest and most self-confident imperial servant Britain ever possessed. After the death of his fabulously rich American wife in 1906, Curzon embarked on a long love affair with the novelist Elinor Glyn, before dropping her to marry his rich and beautiful  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Curzon family.; Mary Irene Curzon Ravensdale, Baroness; Cynthia Mosley, Lady; Alexandra Curzon Metcalfe, Lady; George Nathaniel Curzon Curzon of Kedleston, Marquess; Curzon family.; George Nathaniel Curzon Curzon of Kedleston, Marquess; Alexandra Curzon Metcalfe, Lady; Cynthia Mosley, Lady; Mary Irene Curzon Ravensdale, Baroness
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anne De Courcy
ISBN: 0066210615 9780066210612
OCLC Number: 49225668
Notes: Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000.
Description: viii, 422 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Curzon and his circle --
Viceroy and Vicereine --
The schoolroom at Hackwood --
Elinor Glyn --
Enter Grace Duggan --
Growing up --
"She must do as she pleases" --
Baba comes out --
The absentee wife --
Melton Mowbray: life at the Gallop --
The passing of the viceroy --
Cimmie and Tom: early married life --
Irene: in love with married men --
Lady Cynthia Mosley, MP --
The Mosley memorandum --
The new party --
High life and low morals on the Riviera --
Diana Guinness, trophy mistress --
"Goodbye my buffy" --
Keeping it in the family --
The blackshirt phenomenon --
Baba and Diana: sharing mosley --
Mrs. Simpson rules --
Abdication --
"I should have kissed her but I just couldn't" --
The cliveden set --
At home with the Duke --
Fruity speaks his mind --
Britain at war --
"My idea of a perfect evening" --
The dorch --
An unexpected proposal --
The halifax letters --
Sisterly jealousy --
Peace but not accord --
Envoi.
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"Irene (born 1896), Cynthia (born 1898) and Alexandra (born 1904) were the three daughters of Lord Curzon, viceroy of India from 1898 to 1905 and probably the grandest and most self-confident imperial servant Britain ever possessed. After the death of his fabulously rich American wife in 1906, Curzon embarked on a long love affair with the novelist Elinor Glyn, before dropping her to marry his rich and beautiful second wife. It was his fierce determination to control every aspect of his daughters' lives - including the money that was rightfully theirs - that led them one by one to revolt against their father." "The three Curzon sisters were at the very heart of the fast and glittering world of the twenties and thirties. Irene, intensely musical and a passionate fox hunter, had love affairs with the glamorous Melton Mowbray hunting set. Cynthia (Cimmie) married Sir Oswald Mosley, joining him first in the Labour Party, where she became a popular and successful Labour MP herself, then following him into fascism. Alexandra (Baba), the youngest and most beautiful, married the Prince of Wales's best friend - and best man - Fruity Metcalfe. On Cimmie's early death in 1933, Baba flung herself into a long and passionate affair with Mosley and a liaison with Mussolini's ambassador to London, Count Grandi, while simultaneously enjoying the romantic devotion of the foreign secretary, Lord Halifax." "Based on unpublished letters and diaries, The Viceroy's Daughters throws new light on Oswald Mosley, Nancy Astor and the Cliveden set, Lord Halifax, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. It is also a wonderfully revealing portrait of British upper-class life in the first half of the twentieth century."--Jacket.

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