The life of Princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. From a family of impoverished nobility, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne. Her pivotal role in the abdication of her eldest son, the Duke of Windsor, is just one of the events that provide the backdrop for both thrilling biography and for narrating the splendors and tragedies of the entire house of Windsor.
"A magnificent portrayal of majesty...Edwards depicts the whole panorama, from pageantry and protocol to small private detail, with superb narrative finesse, psychological insight, and impressively far-ranging and scrupulous research." (Chicago Tribune)
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Wow! Did not want this to end!
- Susan Nall Sheehan
overview on Queen Mary and the wisdom she showed
Showed a viewed of Queen Mary seldom presented by biographers of King George V, Edward VIII George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. She became a real person who endured hardships with a strength and stoicism seldom seen. She was a remarkable person who saw far beyond the palace walls and into the future, She would have had made a great monarch in her own right.
it was ok
The only real complaint I have is that it contained the usual nonsense written about Prince Eddy her original fiancé and 2nd in line to the throne Prince Albert Victor Duke of Clarence and Avon. Somehow he grew horns and a tail after his death. The Cleveland st. scandal and even Jack the Ripper. Since the 1980s Prince Eddy has been examined by historians in a new light, New letters and writings have been found that point to a sensitive serious young man who had the worst possible teacher who blamed all the short comings of the education he gave both prince Eddy and prince George on the supposed stupidity and laziness of his pupils. Eddy was also friends with Lewis Carol and others at college who thought him a nice young man. The great love of his life was his cousin Alexandra who married Czar Nicholas of Russia who later lost her life as well as her entire family at the hands of the Russian revolutionaries. t does sort of seem that many historians when the heir dies and the spare is left to rule the heir is turned into a monster so we can say thank God it was George who lived to be king not Eddy, I see that as unfortunate and also inexcusably biased. As historians out first duty is to the truth of as close as we possible, In truth Eddy would probably made a good king with May at his side and had the kgind of court she would have really liked full of people interested in politics science and the arts, She made an excellent wife to King George encouraging him and reading to him to teach him how to be a better king. The longevity of the house of Windsor can be attributed to Queen Mary and that is a great legacy,
- Rae Parmeter