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Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life

Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life [Kindle Edition]

Philip Eade
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Praise for Young Prince Philip:

“The narrative is as suspenseful as any thriller. Truly an excellent read” Lynn Barber, Sunday Times

“Highly readable…. This engaging book deserves to take its place among the first rank of modern royal biographies” Daily Mail

“Perhaps this should be regarded as a sighting shot, staking a claim for the official biography….on the basis of this excellent book one can say it would be a task that Eade was singularly well qualified to undertake” Philip Ziegler, Spectator

“Fascinating reading …this carefully researched, warm-hearted and unjudgmental account…is…rich in detail” Evening Standard

“Eade’s staunchly unhagiographic book is well spiced with….royal titbits, and enlivened by a lemony tartness in the author’s tone….Eade’s account is as thoughtful and unbiased an explanation as we are likely to get of the contentious, sensitive, grouchy old martinet” Miranda Seymour, Guardian

‘You cannot judge a person's life until you have walked a mile in their shoes, and this brilliant new biography of [Prince] Philip's early life takes you inside that experience.’ Irish Independent

‘Young Prince Philip is not a forelock-tugging royal biography . . . Philip Eade casts a clear eye over his subject’s first thirty years, fleshing out with intelligence and sympathy the man whose gaffes have entertained the nation.’ Frances Wilson, Times Literary Supplement

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A revelatory and racy biography of the early life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

We have grown so used to seeing Prince Philip as a loyal, dutiful and occasionally bad-tempered old man that it is easy to forget what a strange and intriguing life he led when he was younger. ‘Young Prince Philip’ tells the story of the first, hugely intriguing, half of his life.

In this fast-paced and highly entertaining biography, Philip Eade will focus on those aspects of the Prince’s early life that are most compelling: his father’s dramatic flight from revolutionary Greece; the subsequent madness of his deaf mother and prolonged absences of his feckless father; his school days in Nazi Germany; his relationship with his four sisters, all married to Germans, one to an officer in the SS; his rather breezy courtship and marriage to the most eligible girl in the world; and his alleged infidelities and membership of raffish circles during the 1950s and ‘60s.

Written with great verve, ‘Young Prince Philip’ will be less reverential in tone than the traditional royal biography but no less meticulously researched and authoritative.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15890 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (9 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058O6OLC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #185,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Chaos 17 July 2011
By K.E.C
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The background to this non-Greek Greek Royal Family, is as intricate as it is bizarre. Only by constant reference to the two family trees, can one position Philip historically and geographically. Not only would Prince Philip's background outshine any soap plot, but his chaotic, and sometimes tragic upbringing leaves one amazed that he developed into anything like a normal young man. The book happily reveals its sources, which almost entirely portray Philip as level-headed, fun-loving, and unmoved by the political and cultural movements that might have influenced weaker young men.
He seems to have been loved by friends and extended family, whilst making the best of the horrendous circumstances, that fate dumped on his young life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding an even keel 4 Dec 2011
We have grown used over the years to Prince Philip as the no-nonsense, occasionally gaffe-prone but decent, hard-working Queen's consort with a twinkle in his eye. A stable life of predictable privilege, you might think. Well, not quite...Philip's early life was one of utter turmoil. This book contains, for instance, a 1937 photo of the Prince attending his sister's funeral (killed in an air-crash) flanked by two brothers in law, one an SS officer, the other - also a Nazi - in his SA uniform. When Prince Philip - briefly a schoolboy in Nazi Germany - married the future queen, his surviving sisters were not even invited to the wedding due to the German connections. Yet Philip himself became a decorated British naval officer. The underlying drama and utter bizarreness of his early life is compelling stuff. His uncle, the Greek king, was deposed after a disastrous Greek invasion of Turkey. His father, the king's brother, narrowly escaped execution over the same matter, and the family- including the infant Philip - fled into exile. Philip Eade excels at unravelling the complex web of Europe's vulnerable nobility and the Prince's shifting place in it. He finally comes to rest at the side of a shy young princess whom he starts to bring out of her shell. Then suddenly all is changed...her father George VI dies at only 51 and their young lives are hurled into universal scrutiny. The Queen has since piloted the monarchy through decades of change and turmoil to become a globally respected figure. Prince Philip, survivor of such a turbulent youth has, one suspects, more than helped to steady the tiller. Hopefully Philip Eade will some day complete the story he has started so well.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect and admiration 26 Jun 2011
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Prince Philipp may feel slightly embarassed about the Joe Blogges's of this world reading about his childhood and early life (I know I would!) but I am very grateful that this book has been written.
If the newspaper and television are your only sources of information of Prince Philipp, it is easy to develop an extremely one-sided impression. This book reveals a human being who has gone through many difficulties and borne them with both spirit and dignity. I think the author did a good job - his subject certainly deserves the greatest respect and admiration.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince Philip's early life 14 July 2011
A most interesting account of the Duke's early life, including his time in the Navy on active service in WW2. It is probably not generally realised how active, and sometimes dangerous, that service was. His forbears were Greek royals, and there were German connections which was awkward when Britain was at war with Germany. Mountbatten's role is covered well, and he became Uncle Dickie to Prince Charles and others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I am not a fan of Prince Phillip. I have not read many flattering charactor reviews of him by other. He has been portrayed as a man with no emotions and someone who is made out of stone. It all could be true!!! This book confirms most of the characteristics but then who are we to judge a man who has been through a lot of ups and downs and seen so many tradedies even when he was just a teenager. Excile from Greece, Broken family, at age nine mothere institutionalised and not seen for five years, father living separately while the young boy grew up with his uncle. It made me tear eyes when I read how happy he was to recive the few items his father has left for him and how he wore that ring in his finger ever since. He obviously loved his father a lot.

After reading the book on Phillips' mother Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece by Hugo Vickers, I wanted to read about her son. This book cover so many things on Phillips life from his brith to time of the coronation. This would be a deligh to anyone who has an interst on Royal family.

It's interesting how the author has done justice to Prince Phillip by not being partial to him or trying to portray him as a saint or a hero. The truth is always more facinating than reading someones flattering accounts.

I hope this is the first book of two where the second book will be published soon from the time of coronation to golden jubillee. May be it will not have so many significant events, tragedies etc but still I'm sure it will be an amazing read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, well recommended 12 May 2012
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This is one of the best books I have read. It is full of fascinating information about Prince Philip's childhood and his teenage years. It explains exactly how he was brought up by a remarkable set of parents, grandmother, sisters and their husbands, cousins and others. I couldn't put it down and at the end I was fully apprised of the effect of his childhood on his future as the Queen's Consort. He is shown as a remarkable man descended from various parts of the European Royal Families who shares a great-great-grandmother with the Queen, but that is about the only similarity in their upbringing. I ploughed through the excellent family trees many times with great interest. I recommend this book very highly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What wonderful insite into the person and man that Prince Philip is.
Published 7 days ago by Craig Ingraham
2.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian Account of an Odd Consort.
A very boring account of this odd man of whom much more can be written.
Published 1 month ago by Historian
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Read
A fascinating book. I would nominate Prince Philip, by far, as the most interesting royal. He has 'been around' and I don't think he gets credit for what he has done in his life... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. A. A. R. Wheatcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book very interesting
fantastic book very interesting, gets confusing all the names and places, but well worth reading.
i have now gone on to read Philips mothers life, Princess Alice of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by brengaf
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince Philip's life
This book is very interesting and if you are interested in the history of Europe between the wars , it will be of great value regarding the make up of the kingdoms during that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by frank
5.0 out of 5 stars A Young Gentleman Who Gave Up So Much
No doubt when Philip married Elizabeth he had his eye set on a Naval career, he was after all already in the Navy enjoying it and doing well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars biographie
biographie detaillee du prince Philippe, ne prince de Grece et de Danemark, descendant de Victoria, du prince Albert, etc... Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Thierry Facchinetti
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewiew
One tends to forget ,since the Prince is in his 90ties and part of the Royal Family since 1947,the millieu he comes from.His family had a very turbulent history. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Achilles Karathanos
3.0 out of 5 stars More interesting than i thought
I bought this book recently for the Kindle as it was Jubilee time and was fed up with all the hype about the Queen only. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2012 by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Prince
The Prince of Greece as we have never seen him. Our present view of him is mostly two or three paces behind the Queen and always respectfully The Consort, not the King. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by Tondy
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