1939: The Last Season of Peace

1939: The Last Season of Peace

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by Angela Lambert
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781448204755
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
382
Sales rank:
684,794
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.
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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