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Edward VIII: The Uncrowned King

Piers Brendon
Format
Book
Published
[London], UK : Penguin Books, 2018.
Language
English
Variant Title
Edward the Eighth.
Series
Penguin Monarchs
ISBN
9780141987354, 0141987359
Summary
'After my death', George V said of his eldest son and heir, 'the boy will ruin himself in 12 months'. From the death of his father in 1936 to the constitutional crisis provoked by his proposal to the then-married American socialite Wallis Simpson and his subsequent abdication, Edward VIII reigned for less than year. In choosing the woman he loved over his royal birthright, Edward fulfilled his father's prophecy and instigated the monarchy's most significant upheaval of the twentieth century. Retitled 'Duke of Windsor' and essentially exiled, Edward has remained a controversial figure ever since. Through his correspondence with, amongst other confidants, Winston Churchill, Piers Brendon traces Edward's tumultuous life in this superb, pacey biography.
Contents
  • 1. Royal Destiny
  • 2. Prince Imperial
  • 3. Public Figure, Private Life
  • 4. King Edward's Reign
  • 5. The Duke of Windsor at Bay
  • 6. Governor of the Bahamas
  • 7. Last Years.
Description
127 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table, portraits ; 18 cm.
Notes
  • First published by Allen Lane : 2016.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-118) and index.
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