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Defrance, O - Lilian et le Roi

Defrance, O - Lilian et le Roi
Many things have been written about Lilian Baels. She was one of the favorite targets of the antiLeopoldisten, which depicted her as a troublemaker and as the wicked stepmother in Snow White. But the real personality of the princess remained a mystery, overshadowed by her husband Leopold III and the Royal Question. Historian Olivier Defrance gained access to never-before-released resources and archives, interviewed many witnesses who had never been willing to tell their story and wrote a fascinating and nuanced biography of a fascinating woman. The author deals with many questions. Was the relationship between the family and Lilian Baels as good as it seemed? What was she doing in the 1930s in Austria? Under what circumstances was her secret marriage to King Leopold organised? What were Lilian thoughts about her brother Charles, the Prince Regent? Did she play an important role from 1950 into the live of the young Boudewijn? What was her vision of Belgian and international politics? What caused the break in 1960? Hardback edition, in Dutch or French, 336 pages.

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