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Great Feuds in History: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever by Colin Evans
Great Feuds in History: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

akiezmo, November 27, 2006


I implore you to do your homework. I bought your book filled with shallow pretty words and was (to use a quaint word) flabagasted at the inadequecies of your research. Let's start with chapter 7. First of all the title is written by a dog with his tail between his legs. It should have been the "Dowdy Duchess of York vs. the Best Dressed Duchess of Windsor." The fact that you made the Duchess of Windsor the antagonist from the start shows that you never looked behind the curtain. The Duchess of York was a drunk and an incredible snob. A social climber from a lesser noble Scottish family. The Duchess of Windsor was not as you claim from "the unfashionable side of a wealthy Pennsylvania family." She was from Baltimore, Maryland from two very prominent familys the Montagues and the Warfields, neither unfashionable. Yes, she was born in Pensylvania. Her father was sick with TB and need a change in weather. She was born early and unexpected as a mother with means in that time would not travel with child without her doctor. The chapter is written to show that Wallis was the villain, when in fact Elizabeth the Duchess of York was the Villian of Snobbery. She wanted to be Queen, she had ambition beyond her reach. She was married to a shy boy who stuttered, her unlikely ally was her mother-in-law Queen Mary. Queen Mary as David once describe her was a "cold, cold woman." A cold woman who easily looked the other way as the Russian Imperial Family direcltly related to her, her husband, and all so closely her mother-in-law were slaughtered by a firing squad; because her un-educated inept husband thought it was bad taste and "bad for the Empire" to give them sanctuary. She later bought many Russian Jewels on the cheap after the remaining members were exciled. The author in his own, so obvious middle class upbring, uses lower case to refer to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; but uppercase to refer to the Duchess of York, the future Queen Mother, paints a pretty picture of how to be a suplicant to ignorance. I love how the author claims that the Duchess of Windsor flew back to France to "almost total seclusion an an increasing relaince on alcohol." Yes, the Duchess of Windsor was very ill and out of it in her old age; but she was never a drunk (like the Queen Mother). She never indulged in more than one cocktail. Her mind started to deteriate in old age, altheimers? She remembered her earlier life more than her later life, which is often the case with patients of alhtiemers. I appreciate the authors need to make the Queen mother an Angel of Mercy, a sumptous suplicant to the Duchess of Windsors cause; but its constant crap. I implore the author to read a little more than time magazine from 1986. The Duchess of Windsor was the woman of the year in 1937 and by by far never "the most hated" woman on earth as the author claims. The author writes as if his own pretense will give him a royal tile befitting to be part of the biggest farce ever known in America - Fox News.
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