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Prince Philip : the turbulent early life of the man who married Queen Elizabeth
Philip Eade
Adult Nonfiction DA591.A2 E24 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Eade attempts to understand a man he says was never temperamentally suited to the subordinate role of prince consort, and draws on recently available archives to plumb Prince Philip's childhood to understand his complex character. A great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, he was cousin to his future wife and heir to the British throne, Elizabeth. Prince Philip also had close blood ties to most of Europe's royal families. His early life was overshadowed by tragedy, including his ruling family's forced exile from revolutionary Greece, his parents' estrangement, and his mother Princess Alice of Battenberg's mental breakdown and committal to a sanatorium when Philip was eight. Philip was then virtually abandoned by his depressed father to the care of his mother's family in England. Adding to the trauma was Philip's pregnant sister Cecile's death in a plane crash when Philip was 16. While charming, intelligent, dutiful, and vigorous, the prince consort is, according to journalist and author Eade, also irascible, a bit of a bully, and prone to explosions of both ardor and anger-possibly rooted in his troubled youth. While lacking the sort of storytelling skill that makes for a page-turner, this straightforward, respectful biography (a U.K. bestseller) is absorbing and informative. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

UK barrister and journalist Eade (Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters) presents a thorough and balanced account of the formative years of Queen Elizabeth II's consort. While Gyles Brandreth's recent Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage was a somewhat gossip-oriented look at the royal couple's relationship, Eade's biography, the first in over 20 years to focus on just Philip, examines the prince's childhood in Greece and his young adulthood. After the complex family heritage, the pace picks up, and a compelling story unfolds of a youngster, shuttled among boarding schools and relatives, who matured into a strong and self-reliant young man. Less flattering allegations, such as Nazi connections among the prince's extended family and his own womanizing, are provided in a fact-oriented rather than sensational manner. Whether describing Prince Philip's distinguished naval service or his tendency toward public gaffes, Eade provides an insightful review of the early years of a key figure of England's monarchy. VERDICT For royal watchers, especially in light of grandson Prince William's recent nuptials and Philip's own recent 90th birthday, this book will prove fascinating.-Mary A. Jennings, Sno-Isle Libs., Camano Island, WA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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