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Princess of Wales by Dulcie M. Ashdown

Princess of Wales by Dulcie M. Ashdown

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Princess of Wales

by Dulcie M. Ashdown

Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1979, [First Edition], ISBN 0684161532, black and white photographic plates, photographs and illustrations, hardcover, dustjacket

Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, dustjacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing, bumping and chipping (See photographs)

“Since 1301, when the title was created, there have been some twenty Princes of Wales, of whom only eight were married – and of their Princesses, only six became Queen.  Marriage is always a gamble, but the stakes on the success or failure of the heir to the throne’s marriage were high – often the security of the kingdom itself.  Rarely was a royal bride chosen for love.  Besides rank and religion, national and international politics were often major factors in the selection of a royal bride.  But how far did reality conform to the ideal?  Dulcie M. Ashdown, in this incisive biography, traces the lives of these eight very different Princesses; merry or tragic, shrewd, or ingenuous, wayward or steadfast, all are shown as real women, not cardboard historical figures.  Some were reviled for their meddling in politics, their marital infidelities, and their flagrant breaches of royal privilege; others were respected and loved by their family and by the nation.”

 

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