The Churchills A Family Portrait

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-07
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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The Churchills dominated world politics for generationsbut, like every family, they too have their secrets. Winston's mother, Jennie, had an affair with the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, and her spendthrift habits devastated the family's reputation. The younger brother, Jack, played a crucial role both in Winston's successes and in holding the family together during tough times. From Sir Randolph's alleged syphilis to Winston's illegitimacy, from Jennie's gambling problem to Jack's dashed ambitions, authors Celia and John Lee use never-before-seen archives to cut through the rumors and lies and get to the truth about the life of the former prime minister and his relationship with his family.

Author Biography

Celia Lee and John Lee are honorary research fellows of the Centre for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham, members of the British Commission for Military History, the Gallipoli Association, the Western Front Association, the Douglas Haig Fellowship, the Churchill Center (UK), and the Biographers' Club. They live in London, UK.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Love at First Sight, 1873-1876p. 1
An Irish "Exile," 1876-1880p. 11
A Political Star is Born, 1880-1882p. 19
A Shooting Star Burns Out, 1882-1886p. 29
A Happy Family Again? 1887-1889p. 47
Looking for Gold and Family Matters, 189o-1893p. 55
Settling the Boys' Future, 1893-1894p. 69
The Last Journey, 1894-1895p. 77
A Royal Affair: Jennie and the Prince of Wales, 1895-1898p. 83
Financial Worries and Career Development, 1895-1897p. 93
Financial Crisis and a Career Denied, 1898-1899p. 103
Jennie's Work on the Anglo-Saxon Review and the Hospital Ship Maine During the Boer War, 1898-1902p. 111
Brothers in Arms: War in South Africa, 1899-1900p. 125
Getting on, 1900-1906p. 137
Two Brides for Two Brothers, 1907-1908p. 147
Liberal Britain, 1909-1914p. 157
A World at War: From the Western Front to Gallipoli, 1914-1915p. 167
Seeing it Through, 1914-1918p. 177
Postwar Britain, 1919-1929p. 187
From the Political Wilderness to Downing Street, 1929-1940p. 199
Their Finest Hour, 1940-1945p. 209
The End of it All, 1945-1965p. 219
Authors Notep. 228
Acknowledgmentsp. 242
Notesp. 244
Indexp. 265
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