My brother Andrew Roberts inspired this post, when he asked for Churchill quotations about childbirth. Yes, even now, friends have brought a new life into the world. Three months ago, my son and daughter-in-law did likewise.
Life Goes On
On 30 May 1909, Clementine Churchill was pregnant with their first child, Diana. Winston, asking her to practice social distancing, wrote these beautiful words: “We are in the grip of circumstances, and out of pain joy will spring, and from passing weakness new strength will arise.”
Four and one-half decades later, his daughter Mary was a fortnight overdue for the birth of Charlotte, her fourth child.…
Jacqueline Kennedy offered a touching and durable vision of Churchill’s legacy at the White House ceremony on 9 April 1963—now “Churchill Day” in America. It was when President Kennedy bestowed honorary U.S. citizenship on Sir Winston.
Aged 88, Churchill was represented by his son Randolph, who was a bundle of nerves. In the Oval Office beforehand, the First Lady recalled, “Randolph was ashen, his voice a whisper. ‘All that this ceremony means to [Randolph and the President],’ I thought, ‘is the gift they wish it to be for Randolph’s father.’” “Randolph stepped forward to respond: ‘Mr.…
I’ve been slogging through the William Manchester Churchill trilogy, The Last Lion. How is Hillsdale’s eight volume Winston S. Churchill by Randolph Churchill and Martin Gilbert different? —M.A., Louisiana.
If you are slogging through Manchester, you may find Gilbert a challenge. There is a vast difference, both writers have their advantages, but Gilbert is the source on which scholars rely.
Music by Churchill, Lyrics by Manchester
William Manchester was a stylist, a lyrical, beautiful writer.…