Discovering Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle
« My father, a thoughtful, cultured and traditional man was imbued with a sense of the dignity of France ».
Charles de Gaulle, War memoirs
« She shone for me like the Evening Star. I loved her dearly - but at a distance ».
Winston Churchill, My early life, about his mother
Almost a generation separated the “little native of Lille in Paris”, born in 1890 to a small bourgeois and Catholic family, and the descendent of the 1st Duke of Marlborough, who was born in 1874 in the sumptuous Blenheim Palace. The child of a family bound together by the values of Catholicism and patriotism, Charles de Gaulle grew up in Paris, “in the shadow of the Invalides” and its military glory, and received a very classical education in various religious institutions. Meanwhile, Winston Churchill, who went from one boarding school to another, suffered from a lack of affection, between a frivolous mother and a father who was brilliant politician with fleeting glory, who was disinterested in his son as much as the latter venerated him.