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Pocket Guide Series, A: Princesses of Wales
Deborah Fisher
ISBN: 9780708319369 (070831936X)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Awst 2005
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 177x112 mm, 164 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Ar gael Pris Llawn: £3.99 
Ein Pris: £2.99 
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An informative pocket-size book about the women who carried the title Princess of Wales and about their often troubled lives, including a useful index. 15 black-and-white illustrations.
In her book Princesses of Wales, Deborah Fisher gives us a uniquely personal comment on the history surrounding these women, from Joan of Kent, born in 1328, up to Diana Spencer, whose untimely death took place in 1997. Fisher writes, 'I am not a historian in the true sense, but in researching this book I tried to examine all the available evidence for any statement of historical fact'. She goes on to say that in trying to research the 'facts', the writers of 'history', as we call it, were seldom interested in accuracy. They would record any story or rumour as if it were a fact.

One might well say, nothing changes. History surely has always been a point of view, and I have found Fisher's divulgences most fascinating. How many of us knew that Diana was directly descended from Henry Tudor? Or that the title was not known in mediaeval Welsh? From Fisher's comments it could be said that Princess Gwenllïan, who died in 1337, was the last of the indigenous Princesses of Wales. We learn that the first official title-holder was Joan of Kent, who died in 1385, and had been regarded as a great beauty and leader of fashion; that Margaret Hanmer was the last Welsh-born woman to hold the title; and that Katherine of Aragon never got nearer to visiting Wales than Ludlow Castle.

Two hundred years passed before Caroline of Ansbach, wife of the future George II, carried on the title. I personally was totally unaware of Caroline's violent dislike of her first-born son, Frederick Lewis, or that the unfortunate queen died of a ruptured womb, having had more children than any other Princess of Wales.

There is much written about Caroline of Brunswick, and interesting little-read facts about her predecessor Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. Fisher draws on the similarities between the marriages of Caroline of Brunswick and the well-loved Alexandra of Denmark, wife of Edward VII. Though the life of Mary of Teck has been well documented, Fisher finds some refreshing insights, and indeed has her own thoughts on Diana Spencer, for whom she clearly had a personal admiration.

Fisher has produced not only an historical anthology but also a most worthwhile read.

Norma Penfold

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio’r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatad Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Deborah Fisher has been a self-employed writer since 1997. Her publications include non-fiction, Who's Who in Welsh History (1997), and several works of fiction, the most recent being A Gower Story (2001).
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
‘The author has produced a compelling and attractive volume which is both informative and entertaining – a real joy to read. It is thoroughly researched, well written and unfailingly lucid and I feel certain that it will arouse considerable interest and receive critical acclaim.’
J. Graham Jones, National Library of Wales
This exciting new Pocket Guide offers an in-depth discussion of the developing role of the Princess of Wales through an account of the lives of those who have held the title. The book consists of individual biographies of nine women, each designed to be complete but, overall, complementary to one another. Linking this are themes which include the parallels between the lives of the princesses, the developing role and position in society of the Princess of Wales and the gradually increasing importance of Wales within Britain.
The opening chapter reveals an introduction to the subject, explaining how the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales came into being, and brief details of some earlier princesses of the pre-conquest Welsh kingdoms. The concluding chapter includes observations on the likely future development of the role of Princess of Wales.
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