The Duke: 100 Chapters in the Life of Prince Philip (Hardback)Ian Lloyd (author)
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Drawing on a host of interviews with those who knew him best, Lloyd’s revelatory biography of the Duke of Edinburgh reveals the private man behind the public spectacle, highlighting his interests and obsessions and paying tribute to his role as the Queen’s consort.
The Archbishop of Canterbury called him 'bloody rude', courtiers feared he was 'a foreign interloper out for the goodies', daughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson found him 'very frightening' and the Queen Mother labelled him 'the Hun'.
Journalists have continually portrayed him as a gaffe-prone serial philanderer, with European outlets going way off-piste and claiming he has fathered 24 illegitimate children. Prince Philip says 'the impression the public has got is unfair', though there is no self-serving autobiography and his interviews with broadcasters or writers are done grudgingly.
The Duke sets out to explore the man behind the various myths, drawing on interviews with relations, friends and courtiers and the Duke's own words. It brings to life some rare aspects of his character, from a love of poetry and religion to his fondness for Duke Ellington and his fascination with UFOs. It also explains why for over seven decades he has been the Queen's 'strength and stay' - and why he is regarded by many as a national treasure.
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'A fascinating account of Prince Philip as seen from every conceivable angle. Ian Lloyd demonstrates that there is much we didn't know about this much-loved - and at times controversial - royal consort' - Joe Little, editor of Majesty magazine
'Fascinating' - Victoria Ward, The Daily Telegraph
'Wonderfully lively' - Grazia
'Jaunty, fun and informative ... a multifaceted account' - Tatler
'Witty [and] well-researched' - Alice Scarsi, The Daily Express
Very readable ... The book doesn't gloss over any criticism of its subject, but reminds us that Philip has lived an extraordinary life that, in many ways, has been far from easy -- Roland White, The Daily Mail
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