Franklin

The quest for Queen Mary / James Pope-Hennessy ; edited by Hugo Vickers.

Author/Creator:
Pope-Hennessy, James, author.
Publication:
London : Zuleika, 2018.
Format/Description:
Book
335 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Mary, Queen, consort of George V, King of Great Britain, 1867-1953.
Pope-Hennessy, James. Queen Mary, 1867-1953.
Mary, Queen, consort of George V, King of Great Britain, 1867-1953.
Great Britain -- History -- George V, 1910-1936 -- Biography.
Queens -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Queens.
Great Britain.
Local subjects:
Mary, Queen, consort of George V, King of Great Britain, 1867-1953.
Form/Genre:
Biography.
History.
Interviews
Biographies.
Summary:
"Queen Mary, the widow of George V, and grandmother of the Queen, died at Marlborough House on 24 March 1953, a few months before the Coronation. She was eighty-five years old. Unusually for a Queen consort, an official biography was commissioned. The last similar exercise was the life of the Prince Consort, commissioned by Queen Victoria. The task was entrusted to James Pope-Hennessy. Pope-Hennessy embarked on his three year quest for Queen Mary in 1955. It was to take him to many royal courts and to the lunch and tea tables of retired courtiers and ladies-in-waiting. He had access to a great number of private documents. He was shown royal residences both in England and in Europe. As he went along, he kept notes about who he met and what he saw. Pope-Hennessy had not intended the notes of his royal interviews to be published for fifty years (i.e. until 2009). He described them as follows: 'To supplement the manuscript and printed sources I kept a private and confidential file recording in considerable detail the conversations I had both with Queen Mary's immediate descendants, related German, Danish and Norwegian royalty and with surviving members of the Court of King George V and Queen Mary. None of these interviews have been published, nor could they be until a lapse of fifty years. They are strictly confidential and form, I believe, a not uninteresting study of royal psycholology as it was and as it largely remains today.'"--Book jacket.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-321) and index.
Local notes:
Athenaeum copy: Beardwood Fund bookplate.
Contributor:
Vickers, Hugo, editor.
ISBN:
9781999777036
1999777034
9781529330625
1529330629
9781529330649
1529330645
OCLC:
1037020028
Publisher Number:
99977903684
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