Deadlier than the Male

Deadlier than the Male

Wives of the Generals 1677–1937

Trina Beckett

How much influence did notable wives have on the leading commanders in British military history? These women tend to be disregarded but, as Trina Beckett demonstrates in this revealing and thought-provoking study, their influence has often been profound.
Date Published :
February 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781590133
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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How much influence did notable wives have on the leading commanders in British military history? These women tend to be disregarded but, as Trina Beckett demonstrates in this revealing and thought-provoking study, their influence has often been profound. Taking examples from the eighteenth century to the Second World War, she uncovers a hidden dimension in the rise to prominence of some of Britain’s most famous soldiers and documents a series of fascinating relationships between powerful men and equally powerful women.

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, and Dorothy, Countess Haig are perhaps the most famous examples of wives who played important roles in their husbands’ brilliant careers. However, sometimes the lives of leading commanders would be hindered as well as helped by their wives. Paulina Wood proved such a disastrous hostess that she almost destroyed the career of Sir Evelyn Wood, and Lord Robert’s reputation for jobbery owed much to his wife Nora’s constant interference in appointments.

Trina Beckett’s perceptive and absorbing case studies reveal much about the women whose lives she portrays and the contribution they made to their distinguished husbands’ military careers.

About The Author
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In 1972 Trina Beckett Graduated In Mathematics And Computer Science From Royal Holloway College, London University, And Later Gained Her Pgce At Kellogg College Oxford University. Now Retired, For Several Years She Was A Private Tutor In English And Mathematics. She Has Contributed To A Number Of Short Story Anthologies, Including The Waterloo Collection: An Anthology Of Short Stories Which Raised Funds To Restore Hougoumont Chateau In Time For The Battle’s Bicentenary Commemorations. Trina Is Married, Has Two Children, Four Grandchildren, And Lives In Cornwall. This Is Her First Book.

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