NEW Princess Margaret A Biography ¸ Theo Aronson

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Summary Princess Margaret A Biography characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Theo Aronson Theo Aronson ´ 7 characters Theo Aronson's latest royal book is a model of what a royal biography should be The problems of being a princess in today's monarchy are vividly implicit in every page I found the book eminently readable in an easy style that lends itself to wit and ironyElizabeth Longford The TabletA balanced and on the whole generous interpretation of this most elusive of royal characters Aronson expounds convincingly the almost intolerable pressures to which a woman of intelligence and character must find herself subjected when entrapped in the mesh of royal responsibilitiesPHILIP ZIEGLER Daily Telegraph 'Books of the Year' Theo Aronson is a prac. I was a kid in the mid 70s and Princess Margaret was a freuent cover girl on the grocery store checkout line scandal sheets Growing up in the US all I knew about Princess Margaret was that she was an older woman with a very young boyfriend Remember this was before the era of Princess Diana when the paparazzi following and documenting every royal wasn t a thing yet So the life of Princess Margaret was somewhat of a mystery to me and to many others I d assumeTheo Aronson s book paints a balanced portrait of the Princess It s not overly gushy nor is it overly critical The Princess like most human beings was a complex character so due to her station in life and her upbringing It was that period of the 20th century where women especially those in Princess Margaret s social class weren t really expected to do much than look pretty and marry well Margaret was certainly pretty but as the book tells it never managed to find happiness in matrimony The book examines her doomed relationship with the divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend which caused a scandal after the couple expressed a desire to marry Aronson like many others believes that even if Margaret and Townsend had been able to marry the marriage like all of her romantic relationships would have eventually failed because she was a royal princess and that lifestyle comes with benefits and expectations that she could not or would not give up not even for love Even if she d married some European prince she would most likely still married beneath her station In a way this book is sort of a poor little rich girl homage to a woman who held a very uniue position She was a ranking member of the Royal Family but didn t really have a firmly defined role within it She wasn t as duty conscious as The ueen or as genial and open as the ueen Mother Princess Margaret could be cold standoffish and incredibly rude The book details stories of how she d outright ignore people over some real or perceived slight One such incident was at a dinner party when the Princess was visiting California Governor Gerry Brown and his then girlfriend the singer Linda Ronstadt were in attendance Ms Ronstadt came over to the table where Gov Brown and Princess Margaret were sitting and she put one hand on Brown s shoulder and one on the shoulder of the Princess Princess Margaret was so incensed by the breach of protocol never touch a Royal without an invitation to do so that she shrugged her shoulder so hard that Ronstadt was thrown off balance and fell to the floor all the while Princess Margaret kept a straight face and acted like nothing was amiss Many of the friends who shared their stories in the book said that even if Margaret liked someone that didn t mean they were safe from a rebuke or reprimand if she felt they d overstepped their boundsPrincess Margaret may have had her detractors but she very aware of who she was and what she represented Even if she didn t always enjoy it The book reveals that Margaret rarely gathered with the rest of the extended Royal Family at their traditional retreats at Balmoral or Sandringham She d put in an appearance and then she d be jetting off to her home in the Caribbean or sailing the Mediterranean on a yacht with friendsWith every movement or scandal of the British Royal Family now covered in magazines television and the internet it s hard to believe there was a time when it wasn t like that When it was all a carefully crafted fairy tale Aronson s book offers a glimpse behind the curtain and shows that life for one royal princess wasn t much of a fairy tale at all

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Summary Princess Margaret A Biography characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Theo Aronson Theo Aronson ´ 7 characters Ns the most interesting member of the royal familyWidely praised on its publication in hardback this is the first detailed in depth study of this controversial figure A respected royal biographer Theo Aronson is uniuely ualified to tell the Princess's story from her private and public life He has been helped by many who know Princess Margaret and has drawn on several new and unfamiliar sources He has also had the incalculable advantage of several audiences with her allowing him to incorporate many of her memories observations and opinions in his book This is a fresh frank and highly entertaining account of an always colourful life. Princess Margaret was when I was growing up the royal rebel people cheered on As much a 60s icon as The Beatles or the miniskirt she was always up to some exotic mischief usually in some scorching Caribbean place and often than not with the wrong man My parents generation Margaret s slightly elder peers and their own parents had a soft spot for this princess whose personal dreams never came true Poor Maggie was a common catchcry whenever she made tabloid headlines with yet another scandal Theo Aronson tells another side of the public s ideas on her how she earned widespread disapproval and media condemnation not to mention much high Establishment tut tutting This the author ualifies with anecdotes which are entertaining if not as thoroughly sourced as this reader would have liked a good proportion of these could have been plucked from the air just to amuse That much of the content is conversely very well documented leaves the reader sceptical over uotes by so many unnamed people eg family friend guest at the event high ranking official etc Of course this also adds to the sense of intrigue we have come to expect from juicy royal biographies yet this glaring feature places parts of the work into the gutter press bundle than the authorised legitimate one Indeed certain passages degenerate to gossip level cheapening the overall effectThat said this is for the most part an entertaining and well written piece even with workmanship notably weaker in some parts than others Like his subject Aronson is often a split case sycophantic in many of his praises of Margaret whilst vitriolic in some of his judgements and criticisms This extremist swinging to and fro between kindness and harshness whilst matching perfectly the woman of whom he writes lends the work a hyperbolic uality The author seems in parts to defend his contentious subject to the hilt whilst in others viciously slapping her beautiful face curious given that the princess was still alive at the time of this book s publication to read it Even so I was compelled to read onHere was arguably the last grand royal princess cavorting around with the louche arts and pop communities often a maverick at odds with her status often hysterically funny and theatrical yet eually often a diva of the most pompous imperious kind imaginable There was simply no predicting which of these polar opposite split characters she would be As if she had a deeply set identity crisis Just as there is never any predicting which route this author will take when relaying some episode will it be compassionate or condemnatory This shifting objectivity and judgement I found disconcerting yet interesting Like Diana who followed this princess gave the monarchy that much needed humane element by being an openly flawed and self contradictory figure we all related to at some level She was brave tragic spoilt vulnerable mercurial dutiful extravagant haughty cynical catty yet when it boiled down to it bore the capacity to be infinitely kinder personally loyal and down to earth than many royals we read of it all depended on who you asked and which occasion it related to I enjoyed this lightweight read Though it could surely doubtful ever be considered the definitive work of its kind on this princess I highly recommend it to the diehard royal biography buff

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Summary Princess Margaret A Biography characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Theo Aronson Theo Aronson ´ 7 characters Tised royal biographer who writes with fluidity It is good to find royal gossip in which no one is absurdly inflated and no one viciously demeanedTimes Literary SupplementAronson's strength is his style he is an elegant writer who can handle the broad picture and the telling detailDaily TelegraphPart imperious royal figure part femme du monde Princess Margaret spent the greater part of her life torn between meeting the exacting standards of the monarchy and flouting its long established conventions She has been described as tragic unresolved a royal maverick a woman of conflict a princess without a cause From any viewpoint she remai. The best thing about this book is the writing style It s easy to read moves uickly and is lively Aronson interviewed Princess Margaret so her own delightful comments are added in many sections Like many biographies it focuses disproportionately in my opinion on her love life at the expense of her work as a patron and as a motherFinishing it though I felt oddly dissatisfied Like I didn t really know her all that well at least not beyond what I already knew from popular culture This might because she was like her mother intensely private It felt at the end like I d just sat through a formal afternoon tea interview with Princess Margaret where she talked and talked and at the end you knew a lot about her but only certain parts of her She only reveals certain parts the most formal parts Like you re sitting in one fancy room of her house but you never really go behind the scenes You don t really know what she s like when the cameras are off and she s aloneEnjoyable and definitely a pleasurable read though


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    Summary Princess Margaret A Biography NEW Princess Margaret A Biography ¸ Theo Aronson characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Theo Aronson If you have always wanted to be a princess and live in a palace perhaps reading this biography might change your mind Princess Margaret was the younger daughter of King George VI whom she adored and ueen Elizabeth the current ueens's mother She was sister to Elizabeth II the longest reigning monarch in England's history and one supposes bo

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    Summary Princess Margaret A Biography characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Theo Aronson Theo Aronson ´ 7 characters Being an Anglophile and an avid reader of English Royalty biographies I was immediately drawn to this one of Princess Margaret I have often read of her unfortunate dashed hopes of marrying divorcee Captain Peter Townsend but have never read an entire biography of Princess Margaret's life until this oneIt is very well written and had me solidly engaged for days It begins with her parents' eventual marriage of which took

  3. says: NEW Princess Margaret A Biography ¸ Theo Aronson

    NEW Princess Margaret A Biography ¸ Theo Aronson I was a kid in the mid 70s and Princess Margaret was a freuent cover girl on the grocery store checkout line scandal sheets Growing up in the US all I knew about Princess Margaret was that she was an older woman with a very young boyfriend Remember this was before the era of Princess Diana when the paparazzi following a

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    NEW Princess Margaret A Biography ¸ Theo Aronson characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Theo Aronson Theo Aronson ´ 7 characters The best thing about this book is the writing style It's easy to read moves uickly and is lively Aronson interviewed Princess Margaret so her own delightful comments are added in many sections Like many biographies it focuses disproportionately in my opinion on her love life at the expense of her work as a pat

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    NEW Princess Margaret A Biography ¸ Theo Aronson characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Theo Aronson This was very well done and very informative but a bit on the disappointing side I saw the year of publication was 2013; however it would appear

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    Theo Aronson ´ 7 characters NEW Princess Margaret A Biography ¸ Theo Aronson This book answered any uestions I had about the life of Princess Margaret I found it to be well written and informative I couldn't tear myself away from this book and I would recommend it to any interested in learning about

  7. says: Summary Princess Margaret A Biography NEW Princess Margaret A Biography ¸ Theo Aronson Theo Aronson ´ 7 characters

    NEW Princess Margaret A Biography ¸ Theo Aronson Princess Margaret was when I was growing up the royal rebel people cheered on As much a '60s icon as The Beatles or the miniskirt she was always up to some exotic mischief usually in some scorching Caribbean place and often than not with the wrong man My parents' generation Margaret's slightly elder peers and their own parents had a soft s

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    characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Theo Aronson Theo Aronson ´ 7 characters Summary Princess Margaret A Biography I have recently been reading William Shawcross's edited diaries of ueen Elizabeth The ueen Mother divided into three volumes relating to the various stages of her life Duchess of York ueen and ueen Mother At some stage I will read his biography However I decided on the basis of references to the late Princess Margaret to read this b

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    NEW Princess Margaret A Biography ¸ Theo Aronson characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Theo Aronson Theo Aronson has written a very thorough and enjoyable history of Princess Margaret's life Starting from her birth at Glamis castle in an era when Britain was an empire and the royal family exclusive and steeped in tradition Aronson follows Margaret through her childhood her uncle's abdication WWII her sisters marriage her early popularity and lifestyle her doomed affair with Peter Townsend failed marriage to Armstron

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    NEW Princess Margaret A Biography ¸ Theo Aronson I've always been fascinated by Princess Margaret and this book didn't let me downAs a young woman she was undoubtedly stunningly beautiful and had the love life that unfortunately follows great beauty In complete contrast to ueen Elizabeth her sister life was a long roller coaster and she was everything her sister was notI enjoyed reading about the hypocrisy she showed to Princess Diana and the Duchess of Yo

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