By Sally Bedell Smith
“An first-class, all-embracing new biography.”—The ny Times
From the instant of her ascension to the throne at age twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the thing of unheard of admiration and scrutiny. yet throughout the fog of glamour and gossip, how good will we particularly comprehend the world’s most renowned monarch? Drawing on various interviews and never-before-revealed records, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls again the curtain to teach in outstanding aspect the private and non-private lives of 1 of the world’s such a lot attention-grabbing and enigmatic ladies. In Elizabeth the Queen, we meet the younger woman who all at once turns into “heiress presumptive” when her uncle abdicates the throne. We see the younger Queen suffering to stability the calls for of her task along with her function because the mom of 2 children. And we achieve perception into the Queen’s day-by-day workouts, in addition to her own relationships: with Prince Philip, her husband of sixty-four years and the affection of her existence, her youngsters and their often-disastrous marriages, her grandchildren and friends.
Scrupulously researched and compulsively readable, Elizabeth the Queen is a close-up view of the vigorous, great, and steadfast lady we’ve identified merely from a distance, and a charming window into existence on the heart of the final nice monarchy.
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“[An] enforcing, but nimbly written, biography [that] dwarfs the sphere . . . a such a lot pleasing and relaxing learn, one to be savored at length.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Lawrence Kitchens would remain a lifelong friend. In December 1857, Reddick's land had been part of the territory removed from Warren County and given to a new creation, Glascock County, named after a soldier, lawyer, and politician from Augusta. 26 If Reddick had business in the county seatÐto call on the sheriff or fill in a form at the courthouseÐit was now the tiny town of Gibson he had to ride into, instead of Warrenton. Otherwise, the county boundary change made no difference to Reddick.
Reddick fought in many battles. Some of them were inconclusive skirmishes, but others were prolonged nightmares of importunate slaughter that left huge tracts of field and forest strewn with the swollen corpses of men and horses, congealed in mud and blood. Reddick's early battles were at South Mills, North Carolina; Seven Pines (aka Fair Oaks); the Seven Days Battles (from a first indecisive engagement at Oak Grove, aka King's School House, to the last, at Malvern Hill, on the first day of July 1862); Falling Creek, Virginia; and Second Bull Run.
Reddick was among the few to be there with Robert E. Lee when the end came. From his regiment, just nine officers and 196 other men could say the same. He was one of the first men in America to hear that the war was over. He had survived much of its recurrent, murderous nightmare. He had seen a gruesome, gory, sustained parade of horrors. He had endured many battles, months of prison-camp life, long nights of freezing weather, illness, and hunger, injury in the field, and the dangers of fever-ridden hospital wards.
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith