Clementine Churchill: The Biography of a Marriage PDF/EPUB

Clementine Churchill: The Biography of a Marriage This book is the story of Clementine Churchill, wife of the legendary Winston Churchill written by their daughter If follows Clementine until she marries Churchill and then follows both of them as a dual biography and works in the the story of their children It is an insightful look into the lives the Churchill s Their legacy and impact on the 20th century was huge and understanding them and their times is worthwhile A couple random things that stood out to me, the suffragettes were surprisi This book is the story of Clementine Churchill, wife of the legendary Winston Churchill written by their daughter If follows Clementine until she marries Churchill and then follows both of them as a dual biography and works in the the story of their children It is an insightful look into the lives the Churchill s Their legacy and impact on the 20th century was huge and understanding them and their times is worthwhile A couple random things that stood out to me, the suffragettes were surprisingly annoying with some of their outrageous behavior Clementine had a rich suitor for four years that she accepted his friendship, a flower a day, his gifts, traveled with him But never loved him How sad for him Clementine, while close to her husband, and at times close to her children as they became adults, had few close relationships with anyone outside of Winston How sad Winston and his life filled Clementine s whole existence, and when she was well and in good form she neither desired nor needed other companions or distraction But when she was low and fretted, and her batteries needed recharging , it was often difficult to find a good solution As her daughters grew up, she turned to each one and found company and companionship But daughters soon have their own lives, careers, husbands, and children Clementine s diffidence in personal relationships made her hesitate to propose herself to other people, because she was to shy and could not bring herself to to be a littlenatural and carefree in her approach Thus in a life full of people, she knew much loneliness This book is a biography of not merely the facts about these people, but it records their emotional relationship as found in their letters and through the eyes of their daughter This subject was not really something that I caught or saw growing up My last serious relationship showed me how much I needed to learn in this area and seeing how Winston and Clementine found in each other such rest and assurance was educational While the author portrays her parents in a overall positive light she also notes their flaws as people and relationships This is not hagiography Clementine Churchill shy, passionate, and high strung shunned publicity but was in the limelight throughout her adult life As a young woman, her character, intelligence, and good looks won the attention of the impetuous Winston Churchill Their courtship was swift, but their marriage proved immensely strong, spanning many of the major events of the twentieth century Written with affection and candor by the Churchills daughter Mary Soames, this revised and updated biography of a lionhearted couple s life together is not only of historic interest but deeply moving Eye opening Having read several biographies of Winston Churchill, this was an interesting read, albeit, this biography of Clementine was written in a loving manner by their youngest daughter, and therefore should be read with this point of view with respect to her view of her parents Although it has been claimed that the Churchills had a very strong and loving marriage, one wonders how much time they actually spent together in their many years of marriage, as either one or both of them often seemed to be a Having read several biographies of Winston Churchill, this was an interesting read, albeit, this biography of Clementine was written in a loving manner by their youngest daughter, and therefore should be read with this point of view with respect to her view of her parents Although it has been claimed that the Churchills had a very strong and loving marriage, one wonders how much time they actually spent together in their many years of marriage, as either one or both of them often seemed to be away, either enjoying the south of France,often for months at a time, and often living off the hospitality of those richer than themselves, or taking cures for various ailments, physical and otherwise Much of their history is also found in the writing of notes and letters to each other, which can become rather nauseating to read, because of the infantile and petty nature of most of these letters Once again, living the life the the upperclass, Winston was known for not paying his bills in the area where Chartwell was located, and he also made use of German prisoners of war to improve his property Clementine seemed prone to nerves and agitation , like many of the upper class , did not actually raise her own children, but employed a succession of nannies, cooks, housekeepers, gardeners, and various other staff to service the various and many homes and apartments in which they resided Not a whole lot was mentioned about the surviving children, possibly because they were a disappointment to Winston and Clementine There there were various estrangements from their older children at times, and their lives were mentioned in perfunctory manner The author had to mention that both her 2 sisters, her brother had several unsuccessful marriages, she had to mention Diana s suicide, but never mentioned the fact that Randolph was considered to be an alcoholic It is also very interesting to note that there was no apparent cut backs for this family during World War 2.one reason being given is because of the entertaining which they were required to do when Churchill was Prime Minister, and that they lived a very rich life while millions of people suffered during the war Winston would often take his family on his political tours, giving them the job of aides, and it is interesting to note that they enjoyed tours of Halifax, Quebec and various others locations as a family, during the war, while millions of people did without Winston suffered a serious stroke in 1953 which affected his mobility and he slowly deteriorated over the years, but as with President Roosevelt, much of this was kept from the public, and his outings were carefully orchestrated to make it appear that he was well His last years appear to to have been long, lonely and very typical of a stroke victim Of course, during this time Clementine suffered from nerves and would have to take cures in the homes of various members of the rich upper class One begins to wonder who actually paid for the trips of the family for their tours throughout world during and after the war The book was over 700 pages long, filled with detail, and well researched although obviously a book favourable to the legacy of Clementine and Winston I would like to read the other side of the story What really transpired at Chartwell, why and who paid for all those times they were out of the country, what happened to the servants and were they well provided for after they left the service of the Churchill s The story of Winston s time spent in the trenches in World War 1, does not actually depict the real story of soldiers who spent their time in the trenches Not only was he very comfortably housed most of the time, Clementine sent him packages with his cigars, clothing and other requesta, and he may have spent 5 months in total in Belgium during World War 1, therefore not being a true war hero He and Clementine wrote letters to each other while he was in Belgium which were not censored This special status continued throughout their lives..he did not keep state secrets secret from his wife, and she at times meddled with his decisions During World War 2, their inconvenience while London was being bombed and many people were rendered homeless, was to have to move into another smaller area of 10 Downing Street, but maintaining a full staff of cooks, maids, secretaries and other personnel It is always interesting to read how people s hardship reflect their social class For example, Clementine felt deprived of priviledges of her upper class, and was upset that the mice had eaten holes into some of the curtains which had been stored, saying something to the effect that the mice had eaten their fill, while they could not enjoy the food they were used to I do feel that she was given way too much credit for her role, and her true character of pettiness, snobbishness, and right to entititlements have to be mentioned Reading in between the lines, it appears that she was a difficult, high strung, demanding, nervous woman who was incapable of doing much on her own, her meddled into others affairs, and who expected to be treated as royalty Her daughter did not spend too much time on the last years of her life, except that as with all, she becamefrail in body, and also in mind as she became older However, it was a good read, once again sending the message to us in the non priviledged class that while we may have to make sacrifices, the rich never do, continue on with their lifestyle, their long weekend parties, their sense of entitlement, their cures in the sun while others struggle to put food on the table for their children A fascinating perspective on Clementine Churchill the completely overshadowed wife of Winston, yet was a singular force of strength and comfort to this powerful, consuming public figure.The author Soames steadily treks through this woman s life, how Clementine s outlook on life developed during a stressful childhood, for example, and how she and her famous politician husband had points in common and interests that diverged.If one wants to read yet another book to understand Winston himself, th A fascinating perspective on Clementine Churchill the completely overshadowed wife of Winston, yet was a singular force of strength and comfort to this powerful, consuming public figure.The author Soames steadily treks through this woman s life, how Clementine s outlook on life developed during a stressful childhood, for example, and how she and her famous politician husband had points in common and interests that diverged.If one wants to read yet another book to understand Winston himself, this surely fills in numerous gaps.Soames is also able to describe the cultural norms of the time, and how those were broken down by the chaos of war She observes the world open to women of that day, and how Clementine filled the space and enlarged the sphere for them at the same time.Any story that follows the full trajectory of life is poignant and illuminating lessons learned, responsibilities that accumulate, regrets, and finding inner strength to live through periods of acclaim and derision Great read A comprehensive book on life, marriage and governing of Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine Churchill A very rich book, full of original letters between Winston and Clementine, a lot of political facts, history, family life, finances Clementine Churchill was a great companion to Winston C., great PM s wife should be an example to current PM s wives around the world , a very ambitious person who did a lot of very positive things for societies, for art, for women, countries damaged by t A comprehensive book on life, marriage and governing of Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine Churchill A very rich book, full of original letters between Winston and Clementine, a lot of political facts, history, family life, finances Clementine Churchill was a great companion to Winston C., great PM s wife should be an example to current PM s wives around the world , a very ambitious person who did a lot of very positive things for societies, for art, for women, countries damaged by the wars All these things suited her muchthan motherhood to her 5 children And Winston was a talented writer Nobel prize for literature , liked painting, twice PM and also weak or perhaps not enough time for their children Found this to be a fascinating biography of Winston s wife Without her, he would not have been the great man history knows She saw in him his grievous flaws and found ways to save him from himself Much like the Franklin Roosevelts, most of their children were sacrificed to the demands of history Clementine, an unloved child who never really knew who her father, did not make a great mother, but she was a true partner to Winston indirect and intimate ways than have been revealed in earli Found this to be a fascinating biography of Winston s wife Without her, he would not have been the great man history knows She saw in him his grievous flaws and found ways to save him from himself Much like the Franklin Roosevelts, most of their children were sacrificed to the demands of history Clementine, an unloved child who never really knew who her father, did not make a great mother, but she was a true partner to Winston indirect and intimate ways than have been revealed in earlier biographies A lovely, insightful portrayal of Winston and Clementine Churchill s lives and marriage. WOW Of all the biographies I have read, this one grabbed me and held my attention Purnell, the author, did excellent research and wove it into a compelling story of the little known woman behind the infamous Winston Churchill The book follows the history of both families and how Clementine and Winston were introduced through both wars and their deaths I found fascinating details about both of them The most striking characteristic was the resolve that Clementine had to do whatever it took to WOW Of all the biographies I have read, this one grabbed me and held my attention Purnell, the author, did excellent research and wove it into a compelling story of the little known woman behind the infamous Winston Churchill The book follows the history of both families and how Clementine and Winston were introduced through both wars and their deaths I found fascinating details about both of them The most striking characteristic was the resolve that Clementine had to do whatever it took to support the man she loved and help him achieve the goals they both knew he was destined to attain Purnell, sums up the book deliciously by ending it with She shored up his inadequacies, moderated his extremes and stopped him from making countless mistakes She was in a way his ultimate authority, his conscience and the nearest he had to a direct line to the people Without her by his side sharing the burden, it is difficult if not impossible to imagine his becoming the single minded giant who led Britain, against almost impossible odds, to a victory over tyranny The way she managed a character described by Attlee as fifty percent genius, fifty percent bloody fool was itself a type of genius.Clementine could not have investedin a partnership that was almost certainly the most important of its time Theirs was the ultimate coalition Nothing has bee seen like it to this day Yes, I ask, why do we know so little of this powerhouse of a woman Clementine Churchill was an enigma of her time Had Winston passed away 20 years earlier I am certain we would have seen her as a major force in the policical change arena in Great Britain A fascinating and long biography of Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston Churchill by her youngest daughter, Mary Soames The life she lived with Winston for 57 years was quite incredible, and their love for each other for that same length of time was strong and tender She was 91 when she died, 11 years after her husband I had a vague knowledge of the life of Winston Churchill, but knew nothing of Clemmie I found this a really good autobiography, and was constantly referring to the family A fascinating and long biography of Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston Churchill by her youngest daughter, Mary Soames The life she lived with Winston for 57 years was quite incredible, and their love for each other for that same length of time was strong and tender She was 91 when she died, 11 years after her husband I had a vague knowledge of the life of Winston Churchill, but knew nothing of Clemmie I found this a really good autobiography, and was constantly referring to the family tree at the front of the book as names came and went Highly recommended


About the Author: Mary Soames

Mary Soames, Baroness Soames, LG, DBE, FRSL was the youngest of the five children of Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine She was the wife of Christopher Soames.Mary Spencer Churchill was raised at Chartwell and educated at the Manor House at Limpsfield She worked for the Red Cross and the Women s Voluntary Service from 1939 to 1941, and joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1941 with whom she served in London, Belgium and Germany in mixed anti aircraft batteries, rising to the rank of Junior Commander equivalent to Captain She also accompanied her father as aide de camp on several of his overseas journeys, including his post VE trip to Potsdam, where he met with Harry S Truman and Joseph Stalin.A successful author, Lady Soames wrote an acclaimed biography of her mother, Clementine Churchill, in 1979 She offered insights into the Churchill family to various biographers, prominently including Sir Martin Gilbert, who was the authorized biographer of Sir Winston Churchill Additionally, she published a book of letters between Sir Winston and Lady Churchill, editing the letters as well as providing bridging material that placed the letters in personal, family, and historical context.Lady Soames was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her public service, particularly in Rhodesia She was appointed a Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter on 23 April 2005, and was invested on 13 June at Windsor Castle.On 31 May 2014, Lady Soames died at her home in London at the age of 91 following a short illness Her ashes are buried next to those of her husband within the Churchill plot at St Martin s Church, Bladon, near Woodstock, Oxfordshire.


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