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Society's Queen: Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry
At the age of 21, Edith Chaplin married one of the most eligible bachelors of the day, the eldest son of the sixth Marquess of Londonderry. Her husband served in the Ulster cabinet and was Air Minister in the National Government of 1934-5. Edith founded The Women's Legion during the First World War and was an early campaigner for women's suffrage.
Published June 1st 2004 by Phoenix Mass Market P/Bk
(first published January 1st 1993)
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What a fabulous book, it gives a deep insight into the decadent society of the aristocrats from the end of the nineteenth century up to the mid twentieth. At times you have such empathy with Edith that you wonder if it had not been for the wealth of the Londonderry family, would she have stayed with Charlie or was she one of life's innocents who forgives everything. Such political intrigue and such manipulation, at times it reads more like a novel than a biography but I could not put it down.
love Anne De Courcy's books and this was no exception. a wonderful insight into the life of Edith the marchioness of Londonderry. a society and political hostess whose life covered the Edwardian period and first world war and beyond. excellent read.
Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer, journalist and book reviewer. In the 1970s she was Woman’s Editor on the London Evening News until its demise in 1980, when she joined the Evening Standard as a columnist and feature-writer. In 1982 she joined the Daily Mail as a feature writer, with a special interest in historical subjects, leaving in 2003 to concentrate on books, on which she has talked wi ...moreMore about Anne de Courcy...