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The Life And Times Of George V

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George V stood for order and tradition in an age of tumultuous change. Grandson of Queen Victoria, he was pragmatic and forthright but also a man of sensibility. This study shows how the King's strong sense of duty, married with warm humanity, won the affection of his people at home and overseas. Denis Judd is also author of "The Crimean War", "The House of Windsor" and "P ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 19th 1973 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Simon
Mar 17, 2014 Simon rated it liked it
It's a pretty decent overview of British politics under George V's reign, with adequate coverage of the great issues between 1910-1936. The pictures are interesting, perhaps the book's chief virtue. It was written before Margaret Thatcher's time, and there is a definite Labour bias. But it is much more "Times" than "Life", which is understandable. The constitutional monarch good at his/her job simply doesn't have much serious impact upon history, and George V was good at his job. There are bette ...more
Umar Paswal
George VI accidentally became the King after his brother abdicated because he wanted to marry a divorced American. I knew very little about George VI except that he is the father of current British monarch Queen Elizabeth and younger brother of famous king who gave up his thrown for love.
Albert, nicknamed Bertie, who became King George VI, had to overcome many obstacles in his life, including speech impediment. Most of his life, he was under the shadow of his more famous and popular brother Edw
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Kathleen
Read this biography after seeing The King's Speech. Not a lot of biographies on him. It is amazing to think that King George VI (1895 - 1952) was the chosen king under such unlikely circumstances - Edward's abdication and during such a difficult time - World War II and the dismantling of the British Empire. The book was published in 1982 (Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married in 1981) - almost 19 years ago. The author is always upbeat and positive about the King. At times, he tries to b ...more
Debra
Jan 31, 2012 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good information presented in a typical bio format. I enjoyed learning more about the king I only grew up knowing as the father of Queen Elizabeth, the one with his face on the Canadian coin. Having watched the video of "The King's Speech", I was prompted to read more about this man. I am glad I took the time. As usual the movie played loose with some of the facts. The interesting fact was that the Bertie did not have a stammer when he felt comfortable in his relationships. Now I might just bran ...more
Jennifer
Aug 31, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I started this earlier this summer in honor of the new royal baby George. It's been a while since I've read biographies of the British royal family, though I did read some a few years ago (especially Victoria & Eliz. I). I enjoyed this book and I like George VI. The book ends with Elizabeth and Philip's marriage and George's death, making me want to pick up where it left off with another round of biographies.
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Nov 12, 2014 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good biography and this was a good one. It's the story of a rather ordinary man who becomes king unexpectedly and rises to the occasion very admirably. He was the perfect guy for the job during WWII. It's inspiring that he was very happily married when it seems the royals have a hard time in this regard today. I very much enjoyed this book.
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Denis Judd was born in Northamptonshire in 1938 and educated in a village primary school before passing the 'Eleven Plus' and entering the local grammar school. He won a State Scholarship to Oxford, where he took his first degree in Modern History at Magdalen College, going on to study for a PhD at London University, on: 'A. J. Balfour and the evolution and problems of the British Empire 1874-1906 ...more
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