- Gebundene Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Arcade Publishing (4. April 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1559705612
- ISBN-13: 978-1559705615
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 2,5 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 4.250.127 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Queen & Di: The Untold Story (Englisch) Gebundenes Buch – 4. April 2001
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Ingrid Seward, a prolific writer on the English royal family, was the last journalist to interview Princess Diana before her death in August 1997. In this intriguing book, Seward gives a worm's-eye view of Diana's trouble-plagued life, layered with episodes of betrayal and illness, and she accords full sympathy to the minor noblewoman who became "the people's princess." She is still more sympathetic to Diana's sometime nemesis Queen Elizabeth II, who, in Seward's account, labored endlessly to preserve the dignity of the monarchy in the face of a family that behaved in anything but a dignified manner.
Rising above the caricatures that color the popular press, Seward depicts a queen who tried her best to accommodate Diana--who was, it seems, never shy in voicing her displeasures and had an undeniable flair for recruiting the media in her cause, all the while protesting the press's intrusion into a fairy-tale life that "turned into a Gothic nightmare." Diana's insistence on airing her dirty laundry in public was bound to irritate the ever-sensitive queen, but more, Seward writes, "in her demands for love and sympathy, she gave self-fulfillment precedence over duty"--and for Elizabeth, dereliction of duty was the greatest possible sin one could commit. Their relationship could end only in tears; and so it did, taking much of the English public's good will toward the royal family with it.
Sometimes racy and breathless, but intelligent all the same, Seward's account enlarges our understanding of the internal dynamics of the modern court while delivering no end of scandalous news, just as a palace chronicle should. --Gregory McNamee
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Reviewers who complain about too much background information miss the point. Background is EVERYTHING to both monarchies and aristocracies and a grasp of it is essential to understanding their workings, including interpersonal relationships. It's highly unlikely anyone outside her own circle would have heard of Diana had she not married into the BRF, so familiarity with both backgrounds is essential for those who are interested in a character study rather than a hagiography (Ms. Seward is right to bring our attention to the fact that the ancient British aristocracy considers itself in some ways superior to what they perceive as the Germanic johnnys-come-lately they serve).
Anyone who takes the time to view this account objectively will likely come to the conclusion that a confluence of factors, i.e. Diana's inability to conform, the Queen's reluctance to reign her in, a general public deterioration of established values, and unfortunate timing converged in the mania that resulted after the accident that took Diana's and Dodi Fayed's lives. The reaction to the death of a woman who (sorry, guys) was the first in her marriage to stray and who was responsible for fracturing two other marriages is Cult of Personality at its most mindlessly frightening and Ms. Seward is to be commended for setting the record straight.
Let the flaming begin.
It was good, just not the detail I expected of the relationship between the two women.