Clementine Churchill

It’s Women’s History Month!  There is no way that this month which notes the contributions of women can be ignored. So, I will begin my tribute by focusing on Clementine Churchill.

This remarkable woman was a force to be reckoned with during her lifetime and during the years that her historic husband, Winston Churchill, held office in the United Kingdom. He once said, “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”

She put all of her energy behind him and his career. She attended to his every nuance and need.  Clementine was the only one who knew how to deal with his idiosyncrasies and when she chose to take reprieves from it all, he sorely missed her. Sometimes, she would take lengthy vacations on the countryside which helped to sustain her.

There were many letters shared between the two of them during their times apart.  He confided in her and they were great friends.  He trusted her opinions and she often stood in for him when he was traveling or too ill to attend important meetings.

And how do I know this?  I recently finished reading Sonia Purnell’s new book entitled Clementine:  The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill.   This is a detailed and highly researched account of Mrs. Churchill’s life.

Author Purnell begins with Clementine’s birth and follows her life every step of the way. Readers get a chance to see the many factors that shaped her, her way of thinking and her views on life.  As I read, I felt as if I was perched on the mantle of their fireplace watching the events unfold.

As a team, the Churchills lived through two World Wars and she was his greatest confidant.  He trusted her completely and wholeheartedly.  Pick up a copy of this astonishing account of the lives of the Churchills.  Pack a blanket of patience and settle in for a real treat!

Clementine Churchill

Lynn M.                                                                                  March 2, 2016

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