Winston Churchill's Secret Seduction Techniques
By David Collins / The Mirror
Sir Winston Churchill used to chat up prospective lovers with the line: “Marry me, and I will conquer the world and lay it at your feet.”
The incredible details of the great man’s love life have been laid bare in a new book that reveals his seduction techniques.
It claims the former PM tried to present himself as a “swashbuckling” suitor who would startle female staff at Chartwell, his family home, by running between rooms in the nude.
He even told his mother-in-law that he found sex a “delightful occupation”.
The personal stories, unearthed by historian Sonia Purnell as she researched her book about Clementine Churchill, Sir Winston’s wife, reveal a rather different man to the statesman adored by Britain.
Sir Winston’s eventual success with Clementine, she said, led to his popularity as a politician, thanks to a “loving and ultimately world-saving marriage”.
Her book, First Lady: the Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill, has made use of diaries, letters and personal accounts from surviving staff members.
She said Sir Winston was a “rarity among alpha males” because he was not a sexual predator.
“He wasn’t a Bill Clinton with interns, he wasn’t a JFK with actresses, she said. “He wasn’t even a John Major with a certain Tory MP.”
Once he determined he ought to get married, she said: “He decided he would present himself as a swashbuckling hero who would rescue any damsels.”
She added: “So he and Eddie Marsh [his private secretary and friend] would go to balls, and they would stand there and look at all the attractive single women and give them a rank.
“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.”
He went on to have liaisons with shipping heiress Muriel Wilson, actress Ethel Barrymore and a music hall girl who found 'Winston had done nothing but talk into the small hours on the subject of himself'.
Then he met Clementine.
Purnell said: “Winston was so determined the wedding night would go well he sought advice from an expert - his mother. She reputedly had had 200 lovers.”
"She obviously gave very good advice and it all went terribly well, so he wrote to her thanking her for the advice and telling her ‘we have loved and loitered’.”
Eight chat-up lines that Churchill would have loved
Are you a magician? Because whenever I look at you, everyone else disappears!
I'm not a photographer, but I can picture me and you together.
Are you an interior decorator? Because when I saw you, the entire room became beautiful.
Are you religious? Because you're the answer to all my prayers.
Are you a camera? Because every time I look at you, I smile.
Did you sit in a pile of sugar? Cause you have a pretty sweet ass.
Do you have a Band-Aid? Because I just scraped my knee falling for you.
Do you know what my shirt is made of? Boyfriend material.