Born Royal

Richard Hough, Author Bantam Books $19.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-05323-4
These anecdotal portraits of the six children of King George V and Queen Mary are remarkable for the insipid personalities that emerge, as drawn by Hough, author of Louis and Victoria: The First Mountbattens. Save for David, who made history by abdicating for love of American divorcee Wallis Simpson, the Windsor offspring were dutifully responsive to parental control. By imagining the dialogue in intimate family scenes, Hough seeks to display the coldness of German-born Queen Mary and the insensitivity of King George as significant markers in their children's adult conduct. Subjected to often-sadistic nannies and brutal schooling, and handicapped by less-than-commanding intellects, this generation of Windsors nevertheless enjoyed their privileged status even as they learned to adjust to the democratic demands of post-World War I society. Hough's access to family archives, letters and diaries affords interesting glimpses of royals unbuttoned. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/03/1988
Release date: 11/01/1988
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-553-28227-6
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