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The Untold Story of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother [Format Kindle]

Lady Colin Campbell

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Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was called the 'most successful queen since Cleopatra' and the 'best queen consort ever'. Her personality was so captivating that even her arch-enemy the Duchess of Windsor wrote about 'her legendary charm' and when she died just a few months short of the impressive age of 102, she was covered in praise for a long life well lived. But there was another Elizabeth the Queen Mother behind the smiling granny, and the untold story of the life she really lived is far more fascinating and moving than the authorised version which has been peddled for the eighty eight years since she became royal, and which has formed the basis of all biographies written about her to date. Partly this is because none of the previous authors has had access to many of the sources that Lady Colin Campbell had, largely by virtue of being born into a prominent international family with royal connections, and having married into the ducal family of Argyll, which is also connected to the Royal Family. Those authors who did have access to some of the sources have been careful to follow the 'party line' and have merely hinted at a few of the more intriguing aspects of the Queen Mother's life, though none of the truly fascinating material has even been touched upon. Her sources, all of whom will be revealed in the book itself, include several members of the Royal Family; many Scottish and English aristocrats, and friends and relations of Elizabeth and the other members of the Windsor and Strathmore families.

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Lady Colin Campbell has for the last four decades been a pre-eminent figure in international society and a fixture in gossip columns in the UK and the US as well as being a writer respected for her accuracy, outspokenness and fearless courage. Connected to the Royal Family through mutual ancestors and marriage, she is the author of the London Times and New York Times bestseller Diana in Private (1992) and the acclaimed posthumous The Real Diana, as well as several other successful books, some royal, others not. An attractive and articulate television presence who has retained the looks which made her a supermodel in the late 60s/ early 70s, she has over the years been a frequent contributor to all the major television channels on both sides of the Atlantic, including CNN, Fox TV, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese TV, ITV and the BBC. Her list of royal scoops is second to none. It was she who first revealed that Diana had an eating disorder; a psychiatric history; would be separated, then divorced; and would lose her royal title, amongst other firsts. She is frequently credited by publications worldwide with having written the best of all the Diana biographies, of which the following People Magazine quote is typical: Some Palace watchers note that she has an impressive roster of well-placed contacts and credit her with writing the most believable Diana biography. She lives with her two sons in London and frequently visits the south of France, where the family has a chateau. She is a noted dog and cat lover whom the journalist Lynn Barber said is the greatest gossip since Pepys; and Jenny Johnson of the Daily Mail claims she is the most entertaining person alive.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5897 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 512 pages
  • Editeur : Dynasty Press (31 octobre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00G8OBP10
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Badly written hatchet job 30 décembre 2014
Par JM Herndon - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The two stars are for some of the details about Elizabeth's early life, which we re interesting. Overall, however, this book clearly had either no editor, or an extremely incompetent one. People born to one's progeny are not one's ancestors, as she states at one point, and the amount of time between quarter to twelve and twelve minutes past twelve is twenty seven minutes, not seventeen. The author drops irrelevant names constantly, decides something must be true because a friend of a friend of a cousin of a schoolmate said it, while dismissing strong documentation if the document does not support her views. Altogether a waste of time, although the subject is an interesting one.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Negative reviews on the hardback are unjustified 30 décembre 2012
Par CBP the bookworm - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I bought this book from this page, but when I came back to write a review, it was the hardback link that came up in the searches (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1250018978/ ), and the negativity of the reviews startled me. Yes, to some extent the book could be called one-sided - but in my opinion that's primarily in an attempt to counterbalance the "dear sweet lady" side of the Queen Mother that has been promulgated for so long. Lady Campbell's own social credentials are impeccable, and so are her sources for this book. She quotes extensively from diaries, letters to, from, and about the Queen Mother, opinions by those close to her, and both royal and Glamis archives, and the book is well-footnoted. Reviewers who have dismissed this as simply petty and vengeful, from a woman who disliked the Queen Mother, have failed to appreciate the depth of research underpinning this book and the extent to which the quoted sources tell a truer story than has previously been allowed.

There is a certain amount of repetition, primarily as a result of the discursive style in which the book is written, but it's not unbearable. I subtracted a star for that, and for the number of times I found spaces and hyphens omitted (this edition needs a good proof-read!), but I think the content is excellent.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating ideas 31 mars 2012
Par hyppatia - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this well written book with its many insights and historical facts. I have always thought the royals should be subject to DNA tests but too many scandals would ensue and the royal "blood line" must always be perfect so that will never happen. I can thoroughly recommend this as giving a new insight into 20th century history.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Parallel Universe 6 juin 2015
Par A. Mello - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having heard of the Queen Mother's perfection all my life, I was intrigued by this book, for no one could be that perfect. But the author, for reasons of her own, is using an alarming amount of malice to debunk the queen. The effect is that, even if she has some new material, I cannot really believe what she says, for she distorts almost everything in her quest to blacken the Queen Mother's reputation. Also, great part of her assertions come from the Duke of Windsor, and we all know he was not exactly unbiased. The first third of the book ha,mers in that the queen was not very pretty, not very thin, and that she used her undeniable charm, in a calculating manner, to have men admire her. It does feel like the author is indignant that a woman who was not beautiful and thin and well dressed could be liked. And the subtext was that Wallis Simpson was the best well dressed and chic and cool lady around. I started to wonder if this biography was some alternative history fiction.
Hopefully someday someone will write a book about the subject without the glitter of authorized biographies, but this one book is not it
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The author relies largely on tales from people who disliked or were jealous of the Queen Mother 10 novembre 2015
Par W. Jones Jordan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The book is a gossipy hatchet job on Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and probably not to be taken too seriously. The author, born George William Ziadie in 1949, married Lord Colin Ivar Campbell and in 1974 was—for 14 months—a step-daughter-in-law of the scandalous Margaret, Duchess of Argyle, third wife of the 11th Duke of Argyle. The author relies largely on tales from people who disliked or were jealous of the Queen Mother, such as Margaret, Duchess of Argyle, who is quoted about 50 times. She also refers to “David” (Edward VII, later the Duke of Windsor), though how she could have known the Prince of Wales is puzzling, as he abdicated in 1937, before she was born in Jamaica in 1949. In any case many of not most of her sources are now conveniently dead.
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