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Princess Mary

By: Elisabeth Basford,Hugo Vickers - foreword
Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
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Publisher's Summary

Princess Diana is seen as the first member of the British royal family to tear up the rulebook, and the duchess of Cambridge is modernizing the monarchy in strides. But before them was another who paved the way.

Princess Mary was born in 1897. Despite her Victorian beginnings, she strove to make a princess' life meaningful, using her position to help those less fortunate and defying gender conventions in the process. As the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, she would live to see not only two of her brothers ascend the throne, but also her niece Queen Elizabeth II.

She was one of the hardest-working members of the royal family, known for her no-nonsense approach and determination in the face of adversity. During the First World War she came into her own, launching an appeal to furnish every British troop and sailor with a Christmas gift, and training as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

From her dedication to the war effort, to her role as the family peacemaker during the Abdication Crisis, Mary was the princess who redefined the title for the modern age. In the first biography in decades, Elisabeth Basford offers a fresh appraisal of Mary's full and fascinating life.

©2021 Elisabeth Basford (P)2021 Tantor

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So many things I didn't know

The life of Princess Mary is one I knew nothing about. Her service to crown and country is often overlooked. As a life long Girl Scout, I was particularly interested in Mary's pivotal role in the Girl Guide movement in Britain. She was a feminist before her time in the true sense of the word while maintaining her dignity and propriety. Before Diana assumed the title, Mary was The People's Princess.

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intriguing story

very intriguing. she had a purposeful life. would recommend to anyone who enjoys royal family history

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  • Helen Roycroft
  • 04-11-22

Royal fan! ♥️

This book has been on my wish list for many months, I have really enjoyed this book and wish I had listened sooner; I’m now more than ever a bigger royal fan.

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  • Kath
  • 12-24-21

Facts and figures

Shame this book is just facts and figures. Mary seemed such a decent, down to earth person. Author says difficult to write more indepth due to little info gleaned from her diaries.
Shame and that is the only reason I gave 3 stars for story.
I got fed up of the facts and dates, there was just so much of it. Mary certainly worked hard. Just wish could know more about her.
Narrator reads well, so made it easy to listen to.

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  • persephone
  • 12-04-21

Disappointing

Very disappointed that I just can't listen to this voice - it sounds quite unnatural

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  • Linda Smith
  • 11-22-21

Informative

Good clear narration. Found the book most informative. Provided an excellent insight into the first half of the 20th century in U.K. and royal family

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  • Angelcritique
  • 09-25-22

Informative

Good writing...informative.... ruined by an awful narrator. Unpleasant voice...painful on the ear....has no clue about appropriate intonation.... or phraseology.....disappointing...