The Viceroy's Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon Sisters Hardcover – 2 Oct 2000
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The lives of the three daughters of Lord Curzon: glamorous, rich, independent and wilful.
About the Author
Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer and journalist. In the 1970s she was Woman¿s Editor on the London Evening News; in the 1980s she was a regular feature-writer for the Evening Standard; she joined the Daily Mail in 1992 where she has done interviews, historical features and book reviews, as well as editing a page on readers¿ dilemmas. She has written eight books, including a biography of Diana Mosley to appear after the subject¿s lifetime.
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The book describes the travails, adventures, virtues and vices of the daughters with a pace that never flags. An added, and major bonus, is a highly diverting early section on their fascinating father. The view behind the glitz often reveals appalling behaviour but there are also examples of self sacrifice and commitment to others. This is an enthralling and balanced account of a vanished era. Telling the tale through the lives of three women who were at its core works brilliantly.
I bought it used and on the inside front someone had written "Hope this doesn't turn your stomach". This book does turn your stomach for many reasons! First of all it describes a social class that did not abide to the same rules as us other mortals do. It describes parents whose only concerns were physical pleasure, parties, looks, houses, jewels, clothes and hunting. Children were not to be heard or seen. You bred to have an heir and a spare. You married title or money. Adultery was a normal part of life and accepted as long as it was discrete.
The book does not only describe the Curzon daughters but it starts describing the man himself and then his marriage to an American heiress with too much money. A rather stupid woman that failed to see that her husband was a calculating man who had no qualms of robbing his daughters of their inheritance and his love. She died at an early age leaving her fortune in the hands of her husband that did not use it for the benefit of his daughters as she probably had hoped he would. He soon took himself a couple of mistresses and when they both became widows, he chose the younger basically because he wanted a son. All his wife's money was spent on houses for HIM and his new wife's children.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent condition for a second hand book and great value. No hesitation in recommending.Published 2 months ago by Phillip Smith
Gripping read. I don't often read biographies, but this one caught my attention for some reason. The book is honest, sad in parts and provides a rich narrative, weaved with... Read morePublished 3 months ago by pandora99
A good insight into the life and times of the aristocracy however I would have appreciated more information on the affect Irene's death had on the family, her obituary , press... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This has got to be one of the best books I have ever read. It started a little slow but soon picked up speed and I could barely put it down. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Catherine Morris
I wanted to read this book after I'd read about Diana Mitford by the same author and the Curzon sisters were well documented due to their intertwined lives. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kitty
I bought the book in haste for research on a book I am writing and did not realise it was by Anne de Courcy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Vivien
Sadly Curzon's daughters turn out to be rather vapid and light weight, inspite of being Lord Curzon's daughters and the daughters of lovely American Mary Leiter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ann foley
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