Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power

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They were born into privilege at the end of the Victorian Era and the beginning of the Edwardian. They were in the circles of the leading men of power in England in the latter part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th. They are the Wyndham sisters. Mary, Madeline, and Pamela were all born into wealth and privilege, at a time when that concept was changing. But they still lived in genteel society with parties, balls, trips to the Continent, etc. And like with other marriages, there are affairs with other men. Each sister had different in temperament, but they all married into power, including a Foreign Secretary at one point.

While this book is nice, my main problem with biographies of aristocrats from this time period is that they do not do much or wield that much power, unless they were in government. So it is mostly a recounting of traveling, balls, and soirees. When a biography features three people in one book, sometimes people will be forgotten or under-represented, and this happens in this book, with more attention given to Mary and her exploits compared to the others.

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Author Claudia Renton
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 480 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2018-Jun-05
ISBN 9781101874295
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Issue October 2018
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