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Princess Mary

The First Modern Princess

Elisabeth Basford Hugo Vickers



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01 April 2021
The first definitive biography of the queen's aunt, a sister to two kings and a pioneering member of the royal family, who redefined the role of a princess for the modern age. Diana, Princess of Wales, is seen worldwide as the first British royal to tear up the rulebook in terms of what behaviour befit a princess, and in her wake Kate and Meghan are reported to be taking leaps and bounds in modernising the monarchy. But before this trio of deservedly lauded - and often lambasted - women, there was a princess who redefined what it was to be a princess. Born in 1897, Princess Mary was the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. Despite her Victorian beginnings, she strove to make a princess' life meaningful, using her elevated position to help those less fortunate and defying gender-based conventions about a woman of her standing should be able to do. From her heavy involvement in the war effort, visiting wounded soldiers and training as a nurse, to her role in many of the twentieth century's key events in royal history, Mary was one princess who paved the way for the modern age. AUTHOR: Elisabeth Basford is a writer, blogger and social media copywriter, who has been in the education sector for twenty-five years. She has written for online publications and magazines including Cosmopolitan, Red, and Goldie. Her blog, focused on arts, culture, history and lifestyle, was nominated for the UK Blog Awards and receives more than 250 unique hits per day. She lives in South Yorkshire. 16 b/w illustrations
By:   Elisabeth Basford
Foreword by:   Hugo Vickers
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780750992619
ISBN 10:   0750992611
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

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!

Reviews for Princess Mary: The First Modern Princess

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, <i>The Times</i> 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, <i>Tatler</i> An enjoyable, worthwhile story, not least in its celebration of an exemplary royal record undertaken with modesty, kindliness and sincerity -- Matthew Dennison, <i>Daily Telegraph</i> 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

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