Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII #2020

Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII Deborah Cadbury Princes at War The Bitter Battle Inside Britain s Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII This book tells the story of four sons of King George V during the period that the monarchy faced the greatest threats to its survival in the modern era the crisis of the abdication and the nationwid

  • Title: Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII
  • Author: Deborah Cadbury
  • ISBN: 9781610394031
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII Deborah Cadbury This book tells the story of four sons of King George V during the period that the monarchy faced the greatest threats to its survival in the modern era the crisis of the abdication, and the nationwide threat to Britain of the Nazis, inside and out The threat of world war echoed the war within the royal family Played out against the cataclysm of the Second World War thThis book tells the story of four sons of King George V during the period that the monarchy faced the greatest threats to its survival in the modern era the crisis of the abdication, and the nationwide threat to Britain of the Nazis, inside and out The threat of world war echoed the war within the royal family Played out against the cataclysm of the Second World War the princes actions for good or ill became all the significant and magnified on a world stage The war served to unleash passions at a time when the very function of royalty as head of the empire was under threat It served as a crucible that made or destroyed each of the princes One would die in mysterious circumstances forever mired in conspiracy and scandal another was destroyed in all but name, a third slipped into comfortable obscurity, and the fourth rose to new heights of achievement redefining the monarchy for the modern age.The catalyst for the story is one dangerous American woman Wallis Simpson The consequences of her actions drive one prince to an early grave and the other to become a living wreck of a man nursing long held grievances Recently discovered letters show that Wallis herself was caught in a trap of her own making a life entombed in a gilded cage with a man she could not respect and whom she tried to leave Everything she wished for, she destroyed Famously she is said to have been sent 17 carnations by the Nazi Joachim von Ribbentrop, representing their 17 sexual trysts.George VI s story is also an allegory for a much wider theme Starting where the film The Kings Speech ends, a revealing transformation in his character takes place As he steps up with some dread to the role of king that his older brother spurns, his horizons are widened and he falls into the sphere of influence of brilliant leaders such as Winston Churchill As Hitler stole country after country for the Third Reich, George VI rose to the challenge, to find the very best in himself, and was transformed by the effort By the end he can stand alone at the helm, without the support of those who helped him on his way Like fables of old, taking on the challenge transforms the quality of the man but it is also killing him.
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    1. A quarter of the way through the book, and the author has yet to say anything interesting or important This is a potted history of Britain during the Second World War from a royal perspective, further marred by pedestrian prose, errors, and the author s partiality This wasn t even the trashy fun I anticipated Abandoned.

    2. I really enjoyed this I didn t know a ton about the Duke of Gloucester or Duke of Kent going into this, but the sibling dynamic stuff was FASCINATING Cait, you should definitely read this one.

    3. Earlier this summer, only two months after Kate Middleton gave birth to her second child, The Sun published pictures of the Queen making a Nazi salute in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in 1933, to predictable controversy Also in that photo was her uncle, David, later Edward VIII, long known for his admiration for Hitler Some thought it was tasteless of the newspaper to publish the photos, although The Sun made it clear that it had no intention to smear the Queen Its reasoning was that it was i [...]

    4. King Edward VIII the Duke of Windsor the Abdicating King , his great love affair with Wallis Simpson, and Prince Albert George VI s reluctant ascent to the throne were first introduced to the general public in The King s Speech The film took some historical liberties, although the soul of the first part of the story was intact If, of course, you leave out the fact that there were two brothers witnessing this unprecedented break in the monarchy the Princes Henry and George, who seemed no suited [...]

    5. King George V did his sons no service when he tried to train them to be tough With his brutal tongue and by turning them over to harsh public schools, he crushed out any kingly qualities they had.Cadbury doesn t mention the evidence described by Andrew Morton that the oldest son Edward VIII never wanted to be king She goes along with the conventional view that he was forced to choose between the throne and the woman he loved Fortunately when Edward escaped the throne, George VI stepped forward, [...]

    6. This book focuses on the relationships between the four sons of King George V of England and concentrates mainly on the years between1936 1952 The eldest was David, who originally became Edward VIII, then abdicated and became the Duke of Windsor Second son, Bertie, was Duke of York then became George VI The other two brothers were Henry, Duke of Gloucester and George, the Duke of Kent.Although i ve read biographies of Wallis and Edward, I found this book fascinating Much of the book centres on t [...]

    7. The author provided a good sense of the bleak prospect Britain faced during the period after the fall of France, when the survival of the existing polity was very doubtful The closest analogy I can think of is the counterfactual of a France under Louis XIV having conquered Europe and preparing to invade Britain to restore James II to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland This book conveyed the fear in the mind of King and government of the possibility of Britain conquered by the Nazis, wit [...]

    8. Would have been aided by better editing mostly to remove instances of repetition and a bit prone to it s possible sorts of statements to ratchet up the scandal But it can t be denied that it s an interesting read Even taking Cadbury s assertions about the Windsors with a large grain of salt, one can t escape the conclusion that at best they were spoiled, incredibly self centered and not very bright The insights into Churchill and George VI were quite interesting, and I didn t know anything about [...]

    9. A good overview of King George VI and his brothers the Duke of Windsor formerly King Edward VIII , the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent Mostly dawn from the king s war diary, it concentrates on the king s rise to fill his role during WWII, and the increasing petiness of Windsor and his wife, Wallis Simpson I hadn t known much about the two younger brothers nor the circumstances of Kent s tragic death, so I found the book most interesting.

    10. Fascinating story of the royal family during WWII I was moved to tears by some of the accounts of the war and horrified by the Duke of Windsor s attitudes and actions Definitely a great read for anyone interested in WWII or just somebody who read or saw The King s Speech It shows how the man who didn t want to be king grew into his role as he obeyed the call of duty.

    11. Picked out this book at Chapters after having seen Darkest Hour at the movies and I have to say I am glad I did I liked how it traced all 4 of the brothers and told the events in a straightforward but interesting way I wanted to learn about George VI and now that I have he is definitely one of my favourite historical figures Very admirable, brave, dignified Churchill was pretty boss too

    12. Poor George VI All happy families are alike each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way , Tolstoy once wrote but the British royal family during WW2 was definitely uniquely unhappy Unexpectedly becoming king when he felt constitutionally unsuited and incapable is one thing that s happened before Becoming king when his predecessor was still alive and had in fact given up the throne for an immensely unsuitable woman, causing a constitutional crisis on the way, and was subsequently gallivanting a [...]

    13. I really recommend this book, however, I admit that a key reason for my recommendation is the fact that I agreed with the author s characterization of two of the people at the center of the story the Duke and Duchess of Windsor I have always been extremely skeptical of anyone who tries to paint their story as a fairy tale love story There is nothing fairy tale ish or loving about a conniving woman who tricks a gullible fool into believing she is worth loving and worth sacrificing the role he wor [...]

    14. This book is about the relationships between the four sons of King George V of England, and focuses on the time frame of 1936 1952 The eldest is David, who became Edward VIII and gave up his throne for the woman I love and became the Duke of Windsor The next oldest, Albert, aka Bertie, became George VI upon his brother s abdication The other two brothers are the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.As a history major, I found the information in this book fascinating I m not sure how intereste [...]

    15. Technically a thorough look at the British Royal family during WWII, but I simply couldn t get over the over the top airbrushing of the royal family and British colonialism The refusal by the author to go into any sort of real depth regarding the anti Semitism of the time period something that surely the royals reflected, the Duke of Windsor in particular is jarring and does a disservice to the narrative Given that Edward VIII was such a supporter of Hitler, it s a huge gap in the narrative to n [...]

    16. The author, of the Cadbury candy family, did extensive research in the personal diaries of King George VI to flesh out the story of how he reluctantly became king, and the stories of his three brothers, the Duke of Windsor Edward VIII , the Duke of Glucester, and the Duke of Kent during WWII It was fascinating to learn about how the British monarchy was transferred to the father of Queen Elizabeth II when her uncle abdicated because of the woman he loved and what happened to the Duke of Windsor [...]

    17. A fascinating read about the four sons of George V in the run up to and during World War II Clearly very well researched, I thoroughly enjoyed this book Nice illustrations.Edward VIII clearly did the country a favour to abdicate when he did, selfish to the end Bertie came into his own during the war but paid a heavy price due to his health and early death Interesting to read about the Dukes of Kent and Gloucester as I knew less about them Overall, a very good book and would recommend it to anyon [...]

    18. Brilliant, engaging, well paced and offering wonderful insight into the life and times of King George VI and his brothers The darkest days of WWII were hauntingly portrayed while the selfishness and short sightedness of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor was well supported by documents and argument The author s perspective on the on the interconnectedness of the downfall of Windsor and the early death of George VI was fascinating The work left me with a profound sense of admiration for the characte [...]

    19. 4 royal brothers former Edward VIII later the Duke of Windsor, George VI, George Duke of York and Henry Duke of Gloucester before and during WWII While it is nice to learn about the two younger princes, the real meat of the book is the appalling even treasonous behaviour of the Duke of Windsor, always rumoured but confirmed by recently released documents Nice selection of photos.

    20. Good research, and flowing narrativebut this particular copy of mine has some issues that should have been found by an editor Spelling Egpytian and the use of sole for soul , plus a couple of and and which put me in mind of George VI s speech impediment, and it bothered me greatly because such a point is made of how self conscious he was , and one the his that I can recall off the top of my head.But if you look past the shoddy editing, Ms Cadbury tells a great story in an entertaining manner The [...]

    21. So, how would you handle your brother who is the ex King who insists on flitting around the world sticking his nose into situations he should not King George VI and his two other brothers were faced with this when Edward VIII abdicated to be with Wallis Simpson George, never prepared to become king and having a speech impediment, cannot believe he can do the job But, Hitler sets off the war and George and his brothers rise to the situation while Edward now called David continues to get into scra [...]

    22. Having watched the Crown, we learned of the Marbugh files, which were discovered in Germany after the war and lead to the conclusion that the former king of England was working with the Germans to betray his nation and be restored as king when Germany won I had to read This book is thoroughly researched and annotated and really helped to add to my knowledge and curiously about the last world war.

    23. This book is a somewhat unintentional excoriation of hereditary monarchy The hero of the story is the accidental King George, who at his best was a bumbling, mediocre, parochial martinet The King keeps his head in the sand to ignore changes in society and monarchy, emerging only to urge his wastrel siblings to do the absolute bare minimum on behalf of their crumbling, besieged empire like, say, refraining from colluding with the Nazis A dreadful, delusional bunch.

    24. This was a fascinating behind the scenes look at the relationship between George VI and his brothers after the abdication of Edward VIII George VI did not want to be King but grew into the postition and Edward VIII did not have any idea what he was truly giving up for the woman he loved The two other brothers also grew into their greater responsibilities as the war progressed It was a fascinating story of a part of the royal family s history that does not get told often.

    25. A fascinating and well written book Cadbury was given access to the Royal archives and draws heavily on the king s own diaries Well researched with a lot of historical detail For those who enjoyed watching Darkest Hour this will fill in many gaps and give a much accurate portrayal of Winston Churchill and the royal family during WW ll.

    26. Very good Well written and if you didn t think of Edward VII, you were right Interesting to see however how the rest of his brothers rose to the occasion of WWII while he, to put it mildly, did not.

    27. Having read a lot of history, I seem to have not really covered the abdication crisis and it s surrounding history But thankfully, this also included much about the people and what was happening around them A very enjoyable read with a hint of sadness thrown in for good measure.

    28. Especially interesting for people interested in the British monarchy, about Elizabeth II s uncles Edward s abdication was a central fact impacting their lives Cadbury is very critical of Edward and Wallace s flirtations with the Nazis Interesting history

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