The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

by Colin Campbell
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The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Who Became the Queen Mother 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
MaggieRosethorn More than 1 year ago
If you like reading ridiculous gossip and misinformation (the "cause" of the Spanish Flu epidemic is epic!) then you might enjoy this book. I'm sorry I bought it. It really reads like a hatchet job. I was hoping to read a well documented biography. Instead I got the Daily Mail Gossip column.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seemed as though she was trying to fit every rumor the gossip rags couldn't and/or wouldn't publish into one book. There is little to suggest any historical training. Although another reviewer may say that "the truth disturbs some people," I see very little actual cited documentation to support her speculations; in addition, some of the citations that are made are misquoted to support she claims. She sounds as though she is purposefully trying to shock people. Could some of her claims be true, sure, but few of them are substantiated and the entire book just reeks of tabloid trash. There's plenty of confirmed royal scandals, this book is just ridiculous.
1BeeBee More than 1 year ago
Anyone who reads history, not just of the Queen Mother, but of any of the people in this book - knows this is just a joke. Colin Campbell should have had a preface saying " I really dislike the Queen Mother and all of my sources are people who lost out at court when the Duke of Windsor abdicated". It is a known fact that the Windsors were Nazi sympathizers, with Hitler thinking Wallis would have been a good Queen! I cringe to think what would have happened had he tried to be king. Every paragraph drips with poison until it becomes just plain stupid and repetitive. I knew at the beginning when she was was blabbering about the "two Benjamins" and handmaidens that she and the editor both were embarassing themselves. Firstly, the Queen Mother`s own Mother called her and her brother David "the two Benjamins" because she gave birth to them much later than the other children. If you know your Bible, Rachel did give her handmaiden so that she might have children - but those children were not Joseph and Benjamin. God heard her prayers in her old age and "opened her womb" then she herself had Joseph and later died giving birth to Benjamin. Don`t give credit to the Duke of Windor for being clever enough to have thought this up or knowing the Bible. I am like "Sorry I Bought This" I finally quit reading it because it was like watching a movie that is supposed to be based on the truth and has been completely changed to get good ratings. Don`t buy this unless you enjoy fiction. I know the Queen wasn`t perfect, no one is, but if you read for a while you will see this is beyond telling a story. This book is an accumulation of decades of stories passed around by people who disliked someone and didn`t get over it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't find this book credible, after I also read William Shawcross's biography of the Queen Mother. Shawcross had access to a lot of correspondence that didn't much seem to corroborate things put forward in the book by Lady Colin Campbell. I think I wasted my money on this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the product of an attempt to find something...ANYTHING... new to say about a woman who has been written about hundreds of times.  the author offers up rumor after rumor with no proof to back it up. All the reader needs is an ounce of common sense to see that the author makes a claim and within a few pages debunks it herself. Definitely a waste of money and time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to have many details that I wasn't aware of and really enjoyed reading the full story of how she became Queen. What an interesting life - from birth when we find out she is only a product of her father but not her "mother" to every word the Duke of Windsor thought about her. The book is quite long but Lady Campbell did tell the whole story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read the chapter on the Abdication with my jaw on the floor. Absolutely no mention of the fact that the Crown is also Head of the Church of England and simply could NOT be married to a divorced woman which would have been adultery. Lady Colin takes the position that a king is just a private citizen. Nonsense.
BerVan More than 1 year ago
Spot on! This riveting story tells about the life of a very complex woman - warts and all. If you have read any other books about the British royal family you will have noticed tiny cracks in the persona of this Elizabeth. She was a human being living a delicate and intricate life in a fishbowl. The book describes the good and the not-so. Very long and detailed, sometimes too much, but I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally!!!! EXPOSED!!!
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BearVA More than 1 year ago
I have read every book on the "Royals" I could get my hands on for decades.  I'm not talking about Just the recent Royals, but The Roman Emperors to the French, William the Conquer to Charles the I. I've read a little about the present Royals, especially QEII, I've read Edward VIII's biography, and I try to follow the European Royals and their news.  Its a hobby.  I'm just one of the hoi polloi, but I'm educated and enjoy reading about humans given the kind of riches and power just because they inherit or, in some cases are just canny and ruthless. This book rings true, although I don't agree with Lady Campbell on some opinions, and I think it was better that Edward and Wallis went elsewhere, and Elizabeth and GVI were in the palace during WWII. I think Elizabeth was perfect for the "job" of Queen of England, and if she was a tad of a fake, and a bit of a monster, then it fits with the personality type that "takes over" and wins, whether its Queen or CEO.  She wasn't in a time where she could take over a company, as a female in the 20th Century.  Lady Campbell seems to really know what she's talking about and who is who, and that is impressive.  I admired QEII even more after reading this book.  She has been an incredibly strong character in a snake pit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a student of history who wants to hear/read all views before feeling that I understand someone on some reasonable level. Upon completion of this book and comparing it to others on both the Queen Mother and "that woman", Wallis Simpson, it would appear that two equally strong minded women inhabited this ratified world at a time that was still very much influenced by Victorian social behavior. I tried to remember that and looked at all of the information, including rumors, with cynicism. As is so often the case, the truth about this lady is somewhere in the middle. However, what I've read seems to confirm much that is stated here about the Queen Mother's personality, her behavior toward not only her brother in law, but most egregiously, her sister in law. She was fun loving, petty, jealous, exceedingly spoiled, drank far too much, was aware that she had settled for marriage to a weak man, and very selfish. However, her in laws posessed some of the same traits. Add to that, the self deception that David's cold and rigid mother would ever forgive him or his wife made for a sad, inevitable story. This family had fairly recently changed its Germanic surname to Windsor due to fear that their family would be destroyed as had happened to their cousins. A certain amount of fear most likely played into the Windor's approach to issues of this sort. Any sort of perceived instability in the family was to be avoided at all costs. Thus, no sacrifice was too great, including that of throwing one's own child under the bus. This woman was a product of her social standing and her times. I'm thankful that she and her sort are gone and with them, the snobbish and rigid world in which they lived.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book and sorry the truth disturbs some people but she is dead and was human