Princes at War

Princes at War

The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII

Book - 2015
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In 1936, the British monarchy faced the greatest threats to its survival in the modern era--the crisis of abdication and the menace of Nazism. The fate of the country rested in the hands of George V's sorely unequipped sons: a stammering King George VI, terrified that the world might discover he was unfit to rule ; a dull-witted Prince Henry, who wanted only a quiet life in the army ; the too-glamorous Prince George, the Duke of Kent--a reformed hedonist who found new purpose in the RAF and would become the first royal to die in a mysterious plane crash ; the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, deemed a Nazi-sympathizer and traitor to his own country--a man who had given it all up for love. "Princes at War" is a riveting portrait of these four very different men miscast by fate, one of whom had to save the monarchy at a moment when kings and princes from across Europe were washing up on England's shores as the old order was overturned. Scandal and conspiracy swirled around the palace and its courtiers, among them dangerous cousins from across Europe's royal families, gold-digging American socialite Wallis Simpson, and the King's Lord Steward, upon whose estate Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachuted (seemingly by coincidence) as London burned under the Luftwaffe's tireless raids. Deborah Cadbury draws on new research, personal accounts from the royal archives, and other never-before-revealed sources to create a dazzling sequel to ‘The King's Speech’ and tell the true and thrilling drama of Great Britain at war and of a staggering transformation for its monarchy.
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, 2015.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781610394031
1610394038
Characteristics: xiv, 357 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.

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jeefy55
Jun 30, 2018

Fascinating through and though. Once you get about 2-3 chapters in it really picks up all the way until the end. Really surprised there has not been a more in depth movie about the four brothers. The Crown on Netflix and the king's speech tell part of story but it's so much more rich with even more intrigue and interesting characters than one would think. What I really found interesting was the juxtaposition of the Character of three younger brothers who all had to become bigger men when faced with the onslaught of WWII and the Nazi jackboot-with that of their famous oldest brother who abdicated and showed himself to be a truly nefarious character in History.

The BBC really needs to pick this up as an epic four part story. Will be a winner!

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cardigramma
Jun 25, 2018

Great book! Contains recently declassified information and a lot of behind the scenes background.

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SRZ37
May 18, 2017

Both a good personal history of the four brothers, all sons of George V and Queen Mary, who were fated to deal with World War II (David, Prince of Wales, who abdicated after a year of serving as Edward II and was definitely pro-German; his brother Bertie, who became George VI, a reluctant leader of England during the war, George, the playboy Duke of Kent, dead early in the war in mysterious circumstances; and Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, the faithful loyal youngest brother) and an excellent overview of World War II as well. I really learned a lot reading this

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 17, 2015

Probably everyone is somewhat familiar with the story of the king who gave up his crown for Mrs. Simpson, but this well-researched book goes into detail about how treacherous that couple became in terrifying times. It was quite an eye-opener (for me, anyway) as the author illustrated how treasonous the past king and his wife were, how greedy, manipulative and plotting. Good thing he left the throne!

athompson10 Apr 09, 2015

Despite its slightly tabloid-y title, this is a meticulously researched and well-written story of the four Princes of the House of Windsor during the time from Edward VIII's abdication through the death of George VI. Fascinating look at the politics, both personal and public, and an engrossing account of the Second World War from the King's perspective. Among the highlights is the depiction of the deep and warm relationship between the King and Churchill, and the missteps of the Duke of Windsor which led to his deserved reputation as a German sympathizer. Excellent read.

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