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

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

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In 1936, the 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: Edward VIII abandoned his throne to marry divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson; Prince Henry preferred the sporting life of a country squire; the glamorous and hedonistic Prince George, Duke of Kent, was considered a wild card; and stammering George VI felt himself woefully unprepared for the demanding role of King. As Hitler's Third Reich tore up the boundaries of Europe and Britain braced itself for war, the new king struggled to manage internal divisions within the royal family. Drawing on many new sources including from the Royal Archives, Princes at War goes behind the palace doors to tell the thrilling drama of Britain at war.

Title:Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781610394031
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    Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII Reviews

  • Susan

    I have enjoyed other books by Deborah Cadbury, including, “The Lost King of France,” and “Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking,” so I was keen to read this. Subtitled, “The British Royal Family’...

  • Nancy

    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, furthe...

  • CaldoHendo

    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 p...

  • Rebecca

    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 gener...

  • Jess

    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....

  • Joy

    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.Cad...

  • Diana

    Review to Come...

  • Caroline

    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. Unexpectedl...

  • Bfisher

    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 t...

  • Jean

    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...