Queen Mary

Queen Mary

by James Pope-Hennessy


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781529355031
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 292,277
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.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Genealogical Tables 1

Map illustrating the early travels of Princess May of Teck 14

Book 1 Princess May

The World of Princess May of Teck 19

1 A May Child and Her Parents 23

2 Kensington Palace and Marlborough House 45

3 Childhood Influences 59

4 Rumpenheim, Neu Strelitz and Reinthal 80

5 Exile to Florence 112

6 Some Summer Holidays 142

7 Back at Home 159

8 The Duke of Clarence and Avondale 189

9 The First Engagement 213

10 The Cypress Spray 228

11 The Duke of York 246

12 Princess May's Wedding 261

Book II Duchess of York

1 Love in a Cottage 275

2 The Power and the Glory 284

3 In the Shadow 312

4 Good-bye to the Old Century 340

Book III Victoria Mary, Princess of Wales

1 The New Century 353

2 Travel and Transition 380

3 The Large Scale 400

Book IV Queen Mary

1 No Bed of Roses 421

2 Her Imperial Majesty 444

3 A Line of Their Own 465

4 A War-time Queen 488

5 The Nineteen-Twenties 511

6 The End of a Reign 545

7 Mother to the King 573

8 Life in the Country 597

9 A London Sunset 610

Reference Notes 623

Index 671

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