Imperial Marriage

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Certain lives epitomize an age, its glamour, its successes, and its broken dreams. Such were the lives of Lord Edward Cecil, his wife Violet, and Alfred Milner with whom she fell in love. The adventurous Guards officer Edward Cecil married Violet Maxse in 1894, as Britain reached its imperial zenith. During the Boer War, as Chief Staff Officer to Baden-Powell, he was besieged at Mafeking, while in Cape Town Violet, young, attractive and enterprising, fell in love with Alfred Milner, the High Commissioner ...
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Certain lives epitomize an age, its glamour, its successes, and its broken dreams. Such were the lives of Lord Edward Cecil, his wife Violet, and Alfred Milner with whom she fell in love. The adventurous Guards officer Edward Cecil married Violet Maxse in 1894, as Britain reached its imperial zenith. During the Boer War, as Chief Staff Officer to Baden-Powell, he was besieged at Mafeking, while in Cape Town Violet, young, attractive and enterprising, fell in love with Alfred Milner, the High Commissioner responsible for British policy. Her love for him dominated the rest of her life.
This book is also a picture of the British aristocratic world during its last period of real influence. As Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister, Lord Edward's father, the Marquess of Salisbury, was Britain's leading statesman. His Jacobean palace, Hatfield, was a political powerhouse. Violet's father, Frederick Maxse was an unorthodox war hero and landed gentleman. His artistic and political friends, such as the statesman Georges Clemenceau, influenced her profoundly.
Alfred Milner, a brilliant scholarship boy, rose to control the destinies of the nation alongside Lloyd George during World War I - a war bringing terrible personal tragedy to Violet and Edward. Edward spent his later life administering the finances of Egypt. After his death in 1918, Alfred and Violet were married for four brief, happy years.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780719560439
  • Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 377
  • Product dimensions: 6.59 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Edward Cecil's Childhood At Hatfield
Youth, 1880-1887
Violet Maxse, 1872-1893
Violet In Society
Gambling And Love, 1890-1894
Married Life
The Sudan Campaign, 1896
"The Apotheosis Of Empire"
The South African Crisis, 1899
Groote Schuur
Mafeking
"What The Colony Needs Is A Titled Female Foreman"
The Relief Of Mafeking And On To Zeerust
Rifts, 1901-1906
"A Tragic Combination Of Success And Failure" - Alfred Milner, 1901-1914
Great Wigsell, 1906-1914
Edward In Egypt, 1907-1914
George At War, August-September 1914
Bereavement, September 1914-Christmas 1915
Last Years In Egypt, 1916-1918
The Death Of Edward
The Return Of Peace, 1919-1921
Lady Milner
The Widow Of Wigsell, 1925-1940
Wartime At Wigsell
Memories, 1945-1958.
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