Alexander Waugh is the author of The House of Wittgenstein and Fathers and Sons, a biography of the Waugh family. He writes on Shakespeare, opera, and other topics for the British press. (June 2018)


So Damned Selfish

The future Queen Mary (right) with her mother, the Duchess of Teck, circa 1891

The Quest for Queen Mary

by James Pope-Hennessy, edited by Hugo Vickers
Queen Mary, otherwise known as Mary of Teck (1867–1953), was the paternal grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II. It is surprising how many Britons of the present day are ignorant of this fact. She was born in England but typically for a British royal of her period was predominantly German by …