Prince Philip: The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II

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Henry Holt and Company, Nov 8, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages

"Rich in drama and tragedy" (The Guardian), here is a mesmerizing account of the extraordinary formative years of the man married to the most famous woman in the world

Before he met the young girl who became Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip had a tumultuous upbringing in Greece, France, Nazi Germany, and Britain. His mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was born deaf; she was committed to a psychiatric clinic when Philip was eight. His father, Prince Andrew of Greece, already traumatized by his exile from his home country, promptly shut up the family home and went off to live with his mistress, effectively leaving his young son an orphan.

Remarkably, Philip emerged from his difficult childhood a character of singular vitality and dash—self-confident, opinionated, and devastatingly handsome. Girls fell at his feet, and the princess who would become his wife was smitten from the age of thirteen. Yet alongside his considerable charm and intelligence, the young prince was also prone to volcanic outbursts, which would have profound consequences for his family and the future of the monarchy.

In this authoritative and wonderfully compelling book, acclaimed biographer Philip Eade brings to vivid life the storm-tossed early years of one of the most fascinating and mysterious members of the royal family.


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This book is a hard read for me. All the different names for castles and towns and all that. Makes hard for me to understand.Im from Texas and we dont use all this foreign language. To them its not so foreign. Havent finished the book yet. I hope it gets better past the first few chapters. Read full review

PRINCE PHILIP: The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II

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The author of Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters (2007) returns with a flattering account of Philip, who could have become King of Greece but instead married the woman who would be queen.As the title ... Read full review


Title Page
TWO House of Battenberg
THREE Boys Own Story
FIVE Orphan Child
SIX Prep School Days
SEVEN Dodging the Hitler Youth
NINE Blow after Blow
SEVENTEEN Duke of Hazards
EIGHTEEN Their Happiest Time
NINETEEN Second Fiddle
TWENTY Oh the Future

TWELVE Osla and Lilibet
THIRTEEN Steady on Dickie
FOURTEEN Nothing Ventured

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About the author (2011)

Philip Eade has worked as a criminal barrister, English teacher, and journalist. His first book, Sylvia Queen of the Headhunters, was a runner-up for the Biographers' Club Prize; his second, Prince Philip, became a Sunday Times bestseller. He lives in London.

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