Alice Princess Andrew of Greece kindle ´ 512 pages ¸ Hugo Vickers

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Alice Princess Andrew of Greece kindle ´ 512 pages ¸ Hugo Vickers ¸ In 1953 at the coronation of ueen Elizabeth II Princess Alice was dressed from head to foot in a long gray dress and a gray cloak and a nun's veil Amidst all the jewels and velvet and coronets and the fine uniforms she exuded an unworldlOwn husband was nearly executed as a political scapegoatThe middle years of her life which should have followed a conventional and fulfilling path did the opposite She suffered from a serious religious crisis and at the age of forty five was removed from her family and placed in a sanitarium in Switzerland where she was pronounced a paranoid schizophrenic As her stay in the clinic became prolonged there was a time where it seemed she might never walk free again How she achieved her recovery is just one of the remarkable aspects of her sto I debated whether to give this 3 stars or 4 It is not easy reading and is clearly intended for people who have a serious interest in history The book is well researched and documented and since the author had the permission of Alice's family indeed wrote at their reuest he had access to interviews and documents not available to just anyoneThere is a a lot of detail in the book much footnoted There's a lot of people ueen Victoria had 9 children and her descendants intermarried with the royal houses of Europe and used family names so there are Victorias and Alices and Elizabeths and Louis es and Louises and it can get uite confusing Fortunately at the back of the book there are three family trees which are very helpful in sorting out the folks and by the end of the book for the most part by then the family trees were uite understandableI had thought to learn about Prince Philip by reading this book since Alice was his mother and it was sad to see how little involvement she actually had with him in his youth He was her youngest and illness and the falling apart of her marriage played a role in that As adults though they did spend time together and he was solicitous of her well being While she lived in Greece by choice and indeed did much charity work there at the end of her life she lived in the palace in LondonWhat I actually learned the most about though was the history and politics in Greece during her lifetime Her husband Andrew was the son of King George I of Greece While he was not the firstborn son he could be considered in line for the throne and in fact with all the political machinations of the period it might even have fallen upon Philip Fortunately he became a British citizen and married Princess ElizabethThe role of Dickie Mountbatten Alice's brother was covered as well He was uite influential in furthering the idea of Philip marrying Elizabeth and pushed hard to have the royal family's name be Mountbatten I always thought that it was turned down and that they are all Windsors but actually eventually it went through as Mountbatten Windsor for some of Elizabeth and Philip's children and that was the name on their marriage certificates In fact the name isn't used as they have titles Prince Duke Earl Princess RoyalI had to push through at first as the style is fairly dry and scholarly but I was glad I kept going

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At Windsor Castle in the presence of her grandmother ueen Victoria and brought up in England Darmstadt and MaltaIn 1903 she married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and from then on her life was overshadowed by wars revolutions and enforced periods of exile By the time she was thirty five virtually every point of stability was overthrown Though the British royal family remained in the ascendant her German family ceased to be ruling princes her two aunts who had married Russian royalty had come to savage ends and soon afterwards Alice's Remembered today as Prince Philip's mother if at all Alice was born in Windsor Castle and died in Buckingham Palace although she lived for much of her life in Greece and for a few years as a prisoner in European mental institutions Her final resting place is JerusalemVickers comfortably guides us through the various factors in Alice's life her many royal and aristocratic relations ranging in time from ueen Victoria to ueen Elizabeth and crossing the whole of Europe one needs to consult freuently the family trees at the back of the book to keep up; constant political intrigues and revolutions in Greece; the medical treatment she experienced in European clinics; and her rather eccentric religious opinionsThe medical chapters are perhaps the most dramatic part of the story facing a mid life crisis Alice was first put in the care of Ernst Simmel an associate of Sigmund Freud Because Alice believed she was married to Christ at this point Simmel diagnosed a neurotic pre psychotic libidinous condition for which Freud in full uack mode suggested an exposure of the gonads to X rays in order to accelerate the menopause Alice was then passed against her will to Ludwig Binswanger who had studied with Carl Jung and dealt with various novelists and artistic types Vickers points out that she could very easily have spent the rest of her life institutionalised but instead she made a recovery and during the war was living in occupied Greece and able to protect a Jewish familyAlice's religious ideals were inspired by her Aunt Ella a Hessian who had married into the Russian royal family Ella had converted to Orthodoxy and following her husband's murder she became a nun and founded a sisterhood Ella was later murdered by the Bolsheviks and was afterwards canonised Alice following the death of her estranged husband in emulation or in Alice's elderly mother's sceptical opinion in mockery of these achievements took to wearing a nun's habit and herself founded a short lived sisterhood in Tinos Greece another royal nun mentioned was Princess Tatiana Bagration or Abbess Tamara based in JerusalemHowever Alice's actual ideas were somewhat less conventional She was hugely influenced by a mystical tome on comparative religion The Great Initiates by Edouard Schure and dabbled in automatic writing with her brother in law Christo She also befriended Count Hermann von Keyserling of the School of Wisdom and Thought While ill she declared herself to be in telepathic contact with the Panacea Society in Bedford and in later life took an interest in UFOs sending a clipping on the subject from the Reader's Digest to her famous brother Louis Dickie MountbattenThe book includes an interesting appendix on how the Dean of Windsor Michael Mann undertook years of negotiations with Orthodox clerics to arrange for Alice's body to be laid to rest in the Russian Orthodox cemetery on the Mount of Olives

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Alice Princess Andrew of GreeceIn 1953 at the coronation of ueen Elizabeth II Princess Alice was dressed from head to foot in a long gray dress and a gray cloak and a nun's veil Amidst all the jewels and velvet and coronets and the fine uniforms she exuded an unworldly simplicity Seated with the royal family she was a part of them yet somehow distanced from them Inasmuch as she is remembered at all today it is as this shadowy figure in gray nun's clothesPrincess Alice mother of Prince Phillip was something of a mystery figure even within her own family She was born deaf What a very challenging biography this must have been to write yet how very interesting and rewarding it must have been to research Alice Princess Andrew of Greece was both a beautiful young lady and a truly remarkable woman I repeatedly found myself asking the uestion “Could I have coped cope with as much change in my life as she experienced in hers?” Having to date lived a largely straightforward and settled life that uestion becomes absurd and perfectly impossible to answerThe four family trees given on pages 450 457 are perhaps the most essential pages in this book I rather wish the publisher had ordered them to be printed fanfold so that I wouldn’t have needed to permanently keep them ‘marked’ with my thumb Keeping track of who was is related to who is probably the hardest part in reading this book Yet even then I surprised myself at the point when I realised that for the first time I had actually gained a tangible understanding of the sheer size and interrelatedness of the European royal families at that timeThis is not a book to read uickly but one to savour and think through Alice lived through a remarkably ‘busy’ period of history and in an age where travelling a good distance was not necessarily onerous Yes there are an awful lot of ‘what if’s’ one can ask; but only to ultimately realise what a very honourable admirable and human life of both rights and wrongs is described within these pages HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh is indeed fortunate to have been so blessed with such a remarkable mother and such an interesting family I have not looked for a biography of Prince Andrew of Greece; because having read this book I feel that Alice was undoubtedly the brighter star