1939: The Last Season of Peace [NOOK Book]

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First published in 1989, this is an account of the oldest of traditions. It was called the London Season, and for three centuries it had been a time of fashionable suppers and brilliant balls that introduced England's most aristocratic and eligible girls to society. Though by 1939 the stately gavottes and minuets had long since given way to waltzes and fox-trots, the cream of young womanhood still curtsied low before the Queen and then went out...
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Overview

First published in 1989, this is an account of the oldest of traditions. It was called the London Season, and for three centuries it had been a time of fashionable suppers and brilliant balls that introduced England's most aristocratic and eligible girls to society. Though by 1939 the stately gavottes and minuets had long since given way to waltzes and fox-trots, the cream of young womanhood still curtsied low before the Queen and then went out to dance the night away with the young men they would one day marry.

But the Season of 1939 was different: it was to be the last. And like many a finale, it lives on in memory as a lovely, enchanted dream, all the more beautiful for the horror and destruction that would follow so soon.

Based on a wealth of first-hand reminiscences, press clippings, and memorabilia, 1939: The Last Season of Peace is a fascinating portrait of this fairy tale about to end. It captures the end of an era as it recreates a world whose inhabitants still believed in empire and tradition. It is a vivid picture of a generation suspended in a brief moment of sunlit summer glory, before the gathering storm of World War II swept it all away.

Angela Lambert (1940 - 2007) was a British journalist, art critic and author, best known for the novel A Rather English Marriage.

Born as Angela Maria Helps to a civil servant and a German-born housewife, she was unhappy when sent to Wispers School, a girls' boarding school in Sussex, where by the age of 12 she had decided that she wanted to be a writer. She went to St Hilda's College, Oxford, where she read politics, philosophy and economics. She began her career as a journalist in 1969, working for ITN before joining The Independent newspaper in 1988.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448204755
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 505,312
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Angela Lambert (1940 - 2007) was a British journalist, art critic and author, best known for the novel A Rather English Marriage.

Born as Angela Maria Helps to a civil servant and a German-born housewife, she was unhappy when sent to Wispers School, a girls' boarding school in Sussex, where by the age of 12 she had decided that she wanted to be a writer. She went to St Hilda's College, Oxford, where she read politics, philosophy and economics. She began her career as a journalist in 1969, working for ITN before joining The Independent newspaper in 1988.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Part 1 The Girls from the Stately Homes of England 1

Chapter 1 Becoming a Deb is a Difficult Matter: Who Did the Season, and Why? 3

Chapter 2 I've Been to London to Look at the Queen 29

Chapter 3 The Childhood of the Debs: Preparing to Be a Beautiful Lady 55

Chapter 4 Change Your Partner, Dance While You Can 74

Part 2 That Unspeakable Summer 99

Prologue 101

Chapter 5 The Last Four Months of Peace: May 105

Chapter 6 The Last Three Months of Peace; June 167

Chapter 7 The Last Two Months of Peace: July 235

Chapter 8 The Last Month of Peace: August 292

Part 3 The War: Real, Phoney and Aftermath 311

Chapter 9 This Country Is at War with Germany 313

Chapter 10 An Excellent Introduction for Life? 324

Appendix: Slang Expressions Current in 1939 351

Select Bibliography 355

Reference 359

A Note on the Author 367

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    the debutants ball for coming of age girls curtseying before the queen...

    A clear personal story of an English custom ( the debutants ball and the curtseying before the queen...and coming of age for girls...)and why it was held...and why ended.
    How a whole way of everyday life for the upper class changed in the few short years of WW2.
    The royal appearances and outings so routine today are more understandable ....
    The court now seems far removed from how titled monarchy started ...the battles, wars over the throne to the seemingly serene situation today .
    To know a country , you must know its background , warts and all.
    It is rulers who start a war....citizens can only worry, speculate as to what their lives will become and get on with the business of living day by day ....this book shows you what they thought in those last weeks of peace...and what they already knew was happening in Germany.

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