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King Edward VIII: A Biography
Christopher Hitchens. Biography and memoirs , Biography , Monarchy , , , , , , , Europe , Western Europe , UK. The first is the intrinsic inanity of a royal family; the second is the ridiculous blend of deference and denial that goes into the making of public support for it. This is, still, the bleat of the drawing-room and the drone of the saloon bar. The same principle — of pointless duties joylessly undertaken — underlay his very conception. Between the betrothal and the match itself, the futile Albert Victor expired, out of some combination of influenza and inanition, but it was decided to marry the same woman to the next in line. The fruit of this union might have been expected to be dull, bovine and pious.
Jan 13, ISBN Handsome, elegant, quick-witted, charismatic, and an intimate friend of the most powerful and brilliant people of his day, he had everything youth and beauty could hope for—including fabulous wealth and claim to the English throne. In this superbly written biography, Philip Ziegler, author of the highly praised biographies Diana Cooper and Mountbatten paints a graceful, balanced, and utterly mesmerizing portrait of the life and times of Edward VIII. It is a story as compelling as the greatest English novels. Philip Ziegler was born in and educated at Eton and New College, Oxford, where he gained first-class honours in jurisprudence.
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Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson - Interview with Kenneth Harris (video)
This is quite certainly the best and now the definitive biography of the beleaguered Duke of Windsor. Ziegler is sympathetic, but does not mince words in reporting misdeeds. There have been so many Windsor books that librarians will look for reasons not to purchase another. This is not the one to reject. However, don't discard your biographies of the Duchess--she is, surprisingly, a secondary figure in this masterful study of the King and ex-King who gave up a throne for the woman he loved. Recommended for all libraries. BOMC alternate.
He was terrified of Alois, his violent alcoholic father who would regularly beat him and his gentle mother Klara when he arrived home from the Biergarten, fists swinging. Disney cartoons were his favourite — he endlessly watched the antics of Mickey Mouse and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was based on a German fairytale. Hitler saw the new king overseeing funeral arrangements for his late father George V, and later watched newsreels, not shown in Britain, of Edward on a Mediterranean cruise with his paramour, twice-married American Mrs Wallis Simpson. He even tried to play royal matchmaker, ordering his right-hand man, diplomat Joachim von Ribbentrop, to suggest a match between the prince, now nearly 40, and Princess Friederike, teenage daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Brunswick. Hitler then sent a small army of Nazi-supporting German aristocrats to woo the Windsors and convince Edward that Hitler was a man he could do business with. It was not long before the king, prime minister Stanley Baldwin and other top politicians and courtiers suspected that the princess and Wallis were in cahoots as Nazi spies.