The Viceroy's Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon Sisters
|Author:||Anne De Courcy|
|Series:||Women in History|
Irene (born 1896), Cynthia (b.1898) and Alexandria (b.1904) were the three daughters of Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India 1898-1905 and probably the grandest and most self-confident imperial servant Britain ever possessed. 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.The three sisters were at the very heart of the fast and glittering world of the Twenties and Thirties. Irene, intensely musical and a passionate foxhunter, had love affairs in the glamorous Melton Mowbray hunting set. Cynthia ('Cimmie') married Oswald Mosley, joining him first in the Labour Party, where she became a popular MP herself, before following him into fascism. Alexandra ('Baba'), the youngest and most beautiful, married the Prince of Wales's best friend Fruity Metcalfe. 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. The sisters see British fascism from behind the scenes, and the arrival of Wallis Simpson and the early married life of the Windsors. The war finds them based at 'the Dorch' (the Dorchester Hotel) doing good works. At the end of their extraordinary lives, Irene and Baba have become, rather improbably, pillars of the establishment, Irene being made one of the very first Life Peers in 1958 for her work with youth clubs.
This is Stella Tillyards Aristocrats, transferred from the 18th century to the England of the 1920s and 30s Based on unpublished letters and diaries, this is a portrait of British upper-class life in the first half of the 20th century A fascinating insight into the politics of the 1930s Contains new revelations about Oswald Mosley, Nancy Astor and the Cliveden Set, Lord Halifax, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor Major newspaper serialisation on hardback publication Anne de Courcy is an acclaimed journalist and biographer Compulsively readable and immaculately researched, The Viceroys Daughte
Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer and journalist. In the 1970s she was Womans Editor on the London Evening News; in the 1980s she was a regular feature-writer for the Evening Standard; she joined the Daily Mail in 1992 where she has done interviews, historical features and book reviews, as well as editing a page on readers dilemmas. She has written eight books, including a biography of Diana Mosley to appear after the subjects lifetime.