The official biography of Queen Mary, grandmother of the current Queen, originally commissioned in 1959 - with a new foreword by Hugo Vickers.
When Queen Mary died in 1953, James Pope-Hennessy was commissioned to write an official biography of her - unusual for a Queen Consort . Queen Mary's life, contrary to popular belief, was essentially dramatic, and she played a far more important and influential role in the affairs of the British monarchy than her public image might have otherwise suggested. Using material from the Royal Archives, private papers and Queen Mary's personal diaries and letters, Pope-Hennessy's biography was a remarkable portrait of a remarkable woman and received rave reviews across the press.
Long out of print, this new edition of Queen Mary will be accompanied by a new foreword from royal biographer and writer Hugo Vickers.
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.80(d)|
About the Author
James Pope-Hennessy was a British biographer and travel writer. His books included London Fabric (for which he was awarded the Hawthornden Prize), Sins of the Fathers (an account of the Atlantic slave traffickers), Anthony Trollope and Queen Victoria at Windsor and Balmoral. He died in 1974.
While the author definitely did his historical research, the writing is horrible. The writing is a feeble attempt to draw the reader into the book, which such phrases as: "we must now return to ..." I was VERY interested in learning about Queen Mary, but this biography was so horrible, I couldn't finish it. And I usually gulp down books every couple of days.