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Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor Paperback – 5 Dec 2014
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This is a first-class piece of research and reconstruction graced by a first-class writing talent, with a startling royal family scandal buried at the heart of the story.--Barbara Tuchman
Anne Edwards is a magnificent storyteller. . . . [Matriarch is] a vivid and memorable tapestry overflowing with pageantry and fascinating characters.--Robert A. Caro
Anne Edwards never disappoints. . . . A fascinating portrait of an impoverished 'Cinderella' princess who became a dedicated, powerful, and indomitable queen, and who was indeed a woman of substance.--Barbara Taylor Bradford
About the Author
Anne Edwards, a fastidious researcher and accomplished writer, is the author of several bestselling biographies of notable figures, including film stars Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, and Katharine Hepburn, as well as Margaret Mitchell. Edwards's autobiography, Leaving Home: A Hollywood Blacklisted Writer's Years Abroad, was published in 2012. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.
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Her life was quite a remarkable one, and would make a great TV series. Her early life was one of drama with her parents constantly in debt, her family were looked down on by certain members of the Royal Family. Yet she had one person championing her - Queen Victoria! It was thanks to Victoria that she was chosen to be a bride for the future heir to the throne.
Extremely intelligent and astute, she was certainly not the warmest person and was incapable of showing maternal love. Yet she always looked majestic. Dripping with jewels, tiaras or fancy hats, with a stern look on her face, Queen Mary always had a majestic look about her.
This book gives a great understanding for readers into the insight of this interesting woman, who really deserves far more credit for revamping the Monarchy, in the face of post-WWI revolutions that swept across parts of Europe. Her work in researching for the Royal Collection was invaluable and is terribly underrated. Not to mention the inspiration and hope she gave to people during WWI and II. From her time as Princess of Wales until she was Queen Dowager, she would receive the Government Dispatch boxes.
On the surface, she maintained the classic 'British stiff upper lip', but personally her life was not always a happy one! As a child, her family were often escaping debt collectors, her fiancé Prince Eddy died leaving her future uncertain, until it was decided (again thanks to Queen Victoria) that she would marry Eddy's younger brother George. And she outlived three of her six children. Yet her dedication and loyalty to the Monarchy was an example that has been followed by her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II. It is often said that Queen Elizabeth, steers her reign upon the influence of her grandmother Queen Mary. And with the British Monarchy remaining extremely popular today, perhaps that is a testament to Queen Mary's legacy.
There is no doubt that Princess May of Teck came from a very different world from to-day's, and her attitudes and beliefs may seem incomprehensible to modern young women, but she was undoubtedly a major influence on our monarchy, and without her our present day situation could well have been substantially different.
A good read, filled several gaps in my knowledge of the time. Recommended.
When there was duty.
When you carried out both ,no matter your personal thoughts and feelings.
My ,the old queen lived in interesting times.
A great story of sacrifice and sadness and well worth the read.
I found this book to be wonderful & compulsive reading.
Anne Edwards is an excellent author & I have so enjoyed reading
The Road to Tara - The Life of Margaret Mitchell and Vivien Leigh - A Biography.
I have just bought Diana - The Life She Led - by Anne Edwards so I am looking
forward to reading that when it arrives.
I would also love to buy Scarlett & Me when it becomes available.
I do feel it's unfair for the modern world, with it's child-centricism, to focus on Mary's failure as a parent. It was her job to produce heirs, and like many C21st career women who for whatever reason feel obliged to produce a child, she outsourced the raising of them and made one bad appointment. It's just sad she didn't have any meaningful choices in life.
Queen Mary worked very hard at her metier du Reine, and that is what she should be remembered for.
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