The war finds them based at 'the Dorch' the Dorchester Hotel doing good works. She is also a former feature writer and reviewer for the Daily Mail. Irene was one of the first female Life Peers in the House of Lords, Cynthia was a member of parliament and Alexandra provided financial assistance to the Dalai Lama after his flight from China and received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her philanthropy. The lives of the three daughters of Lord Curzon: glamorous, rich, independent and wilful. Yet she had many long friendships, and some love affairs, with political and cultural figures of the day, including musician Arthur Rubenstein.
It is also a wonderfully revealing portrait of British upper-class life in the first half of the twentieth century. . After the death of his fabulously rich American wife in 1906, Curzon's determination to control every aspect of his daughters' lives, including the money that was rightfully theirs, led them one by one into revolt against their father. A really satisfying account of these people and their times, very well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks to these idiots, their historic way of life comes crashing down. Adultery was a normal part of life and accepted as long as it was discrete.
Irene, intensely musical and a passionate foxhunter, had love affairs in the glamorous Melton Mowbray hunting set. There was something so cheap and tawdry in their amoral lives, and all the jewels, parties, gossip, adultery contrasted with the bombastic speeches and heavy-handed rule of India that the Viceroy subjected us to. On Cimmie's early death in 1933 Baba flung herself into a long and passionate affair with Mosley and a liaison with Mussolini's ambassador to London, Count Dino Grandi, while enjoying the romantic devotion of the Foreign Secretary, Lord Halifax. These sisters embodied all of this to the hilt and more: they were self-indulgent, narcissistic, narrow-minded hedonists that molded their beliefs to conform to those of whatever man mattered to them the most at the moment. All nieces and nephews were dumped on her so their parents could be off on holidays and other entertainment and she was expected to pay for their upkeep without as much as a thank you.
The war finds them based at 'the Dorch' the Dorchester Hotel doing good works. This waste of life wasn't limited to women, one way or another - men were often just as wasted, as exemplified by more than one character in the society described in the three books. Irene, intensely musical and a passionate fox hunter, had love affairs with the glamorous Melton Mowbray hunting set. The Viceroy's Daughters is the riveting chronicle of the dazzling lives of three remarkable sisters -- aristocratic, rich, spirited and willful-born when the wealth and privilege of the British upper classes were at their zenith. Her way Enjoyable peek at the private lives of the three Curzon sisters, especially the period between the two world wars which encompassed their early and middle adulthood.
The sisters see British fascism from behind the scenes, and the arrival of Wallis Simpson and the early married life of the Windsors. All the sisters were perceptive, bright, well traveled, and interested in the world and politics. The sisters saw British fascism from behind the scenes and had an equally intimate view of the arrival of Wallis Simpson and the marriage and life of the Windsors. The middle, Cimmie, was a Labour Party activist turned Fascist. Their lives litter the history books of the time. I'm surprised that no one has thought of turning this into a mini-series.
His mistresses were so many that the book could not mention them all. Alexandra, known to all as Baba, also had a very long-term affair with Oswald Mosley even while her sister was married to him--and had affairs with many others, it seems. I had previously read of Mosley in book about the Mitfords, where he is generally presented as a passionate, benign, somewhat naïve ideologue who was a devoted husband to Diana. Mosley was an utter bounder. The first proper biography of the man who married, and divorced, Princess MargaretAnthony Armstrong-Jones was born to a Welsh father and English-Jewish mother.
He soon took himself a couple of mistresses and when they both became widows, he chose the younger basically because he wanted a son. She is also a former feature writer and reviewer for the Daily Mail. Sister number two fell for the philanderer Oswald Mosley who gave her a life of misery, arguments, humiliation, shame and finally a too early death. As the sisters dance, dine, and romance their way through England's most hallowed halls, we get an intimate look at a country clinging to its history in the midst of war and rapid change. Without a doubt, Irene Curzon is a much more sympathetic individual, yet the final years of her life are summed up in a few sad, short pages. Irene born 1896 , Cynthia b.
How about using your influence to make and change laws? In later life she became involved in Save the Children, raising money and serving in governance. The book was interesting on two levels: as a study of the sisters' relationships with each other, and as a review of their friendships and affairs with people in the larger circle of British society. Irene, intensely musical and a keen foxhunter, had love affairs among the glamorous Melton Mowbray hunting set. Harry -Potter Search results will not contain 'Potter'. Irene, the oldest of the three girls, kept a copious diary of all the social and political events of the day.