Winston Churchill will always be remembered as one of the most significant world leaders ever, but a new book, written by historian Sonia Purnell has looked at the woman behind the man.
The book, entitled First Lady: the Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill, delves into Churchill’s relationship with his wife and addresses claims about the politician’s sexuality.
The author spoke about the possibility of Churchill being gay, and claimed:
I would actually be lying if when I was researching my book the idea that Churchill was gay didn’t occur to me as well.
Purnell claimed that a young Sir Winston and friend, Eddie Marsh, would rate women at high-society balls based on the idea that Helen of Troy was the “face that launched a thousand ships”.
Either they had a face that could ‘launch a thousand ships’, who were therefore eligible, ‘merely 200’, who were very borderline, or ‘a small gun boat at most’, meaning they were out of the question, clearly.
Harsh, but apparently it worked for him. So much so, that he wrote to his mother thanking her for allegedly teaching him the tricks of the trade.
She allegedly had over 200 lovers.