THE QUEST FOR QUEEN MARY

JAMES POPE-HENNESSY
368pp 2019 LIST PRICE: £10.99 (P) B949

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When Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary’s official biography, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years. Now published in full for the first time, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age. It gives much greater insight into Queen Mary than the official version, and includes sharply observed encounters with, among others, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Duke of Gloucester and a young Queen Elizabeth.

Gloriously indiscreet . . . the best royal book ever. FINANCIAL TIMES