Princess Mary

Princess Mary : The First Modern Princess

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'At last a biography of Princess Mary, the Queen's aunt - and a good one ... She has long deserved a full study and in Elisabeth Basford, she has found a dedicated and sympathetic biographer, who has done her full justice' - Hugo Vickers.






Princess Diana is seen as the first member of the British royal family to tear up the rulebook, and the Duchess of Cambridge is modernising the monarchy in strides. But before them was another who paved the way. Born in 1897, Princess Mary was one of the hardest-working members of the royal family, known for her no-nonsense philosophy. During the First World War she came into her own, launching an appeal to furnish every British troop and sailor with a Christmas gift, and training as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital. As the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, she would live to see not only two of her brothers ascend the throne but also her niece Queen Elizabeth II. In the first biography in decades, Elisabeth Basford offers a fresh appraisal of a princess who redefined the title for the modern age.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 25.4mm | 580.6g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0750992611
  • 9780750992619
  • 95,857

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At last a biography of Princess Mary, the Queen's aunt - and a good one ... She has long deserved a full study and in Elisabeth Basford, she has found a dedicated and sympathetic biographer, who has done her full justice -- Hugo Vickers An enjoyable, worthwhile story, not least in its celebration of an exemplary royal record undertaken with modesty, kindliness and sincerity -- Matthew Dennison, Daily Telegraph Filled with never previously known information, this first full biography is the definitive read for this refreshingly forward-looking, eternally good-willed and relatively little-known Princess -- Annabel Sampson, Tatler She was an exemplar of the unflagging postwar countess, always doing good, always keeping busy to stave off grief. When we contemplate the Queen's lifelong devotion to duty, we sense the influence of her unpretentious aunt -- Ysenda Maxtone Graham, The Times Surprisingly, there has never been a biography of Princess Mary, the Queen's aunt and sister to George VI and the Duke of Windsor, until now. Elisabeth Basford's diligently researched account of the princess's life is therefore a welcome one ... Basford persuasively argues that she was a thoroughly modern member of the royal family, possessed of genuine compassion and interest in helping others ... Perhaps some of her descendants could learn from her -- Alexander Larman, Observer
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About Elisabeth Basford

ELISABETH BASFORD is a writer based in South Yorkshire. She has twenty-five years' experience as a teacher and examiner, and has written for magazines and online publications including Majesty, Red and Goldie. She writes about history, education, the arts, culture and lifestyle on her popular blog Write on Ejaleigh!
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