The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves
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The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves, a nuanced portrayal of two remarkable people and their complex marriage, marks the 40th anniversary of Lord Mountbatten’s assassination by the IRA. Drawing on four years of research around the world, prize-winning and best selling historian Andrew Lownie provides a fresh and revealing portrait of the glamorous couple behind the modern royal family. Lownie says, “Though both Dickie and Edwina have had individual official biographies many years ago, this is the first joint biography and is based on extensive research not just in their own private papers but also archive collections around the world, interviews with dozens of people who knew them closely and Freedom of Information requests on both sides of the Atlantic.” This is an account of an unusual marriage which, whilst beset with infidelities, was also a loving and mutually supportive one. It reveals new information on many of the controversies of Mountbatten’s career from the disastrous 1942 Dieppe Raid to the rapid transfer of power in India in 1947 as well as his murder in 1979.
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