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Prince Albert, Duke of York (1895-1952), was the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. He never expected to become King, and assumed that he and his wife, the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, would spend their lives in a supportive role as did most other members of the royal family. From childhood he had been handicapped by low self-esteem and a severe stammer.
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When his elder brother, Edward VIII, plunged his family and country into the abdication crisis, the Duke of York found himself a very unwilling head of state - 'How I hate to be King' - he often said. Yet this shy, diffident man and his vivacious wife, now Queen Elizabeth, were hard-working, diligent and popular monarchs, leading Britain during the unparalleled crisis of World War II.

This book examines his life and character in depth, his role as King during a time of war, and the often bitter relationship with Edward VIII, who became Duke of Windsor after abdication.
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Plot & Themes

Royalty bio    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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