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Edward VII's Children

Edward VII's Children [Kindle Edition]

John Van der Kiste
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King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra had six children. Of the five who reached maturity, only one, the future King George V, has received much attention from biographers. The eldest son, Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, a backward youth and a subject of scandal, died before he was thirty. The three princesses, Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife, the lifelong spinster Victoria, and Maud, Queen of Norway, were never well-known to the British public during their lifetime. In this detailed and fascinating account, John Van der Kiste has drawn upon previously unpublished correspondence from the Royal Archives, Windsor, to reveal for the first time the part this hiterto neglected group of characters played in supporting the royal family and crown during a period of transition from the Victorian age to the uncertain twentieth century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (8 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C8X744M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Van der Kiste read Librarianship at Ealing Technical College, where he edited the student librarian journal Stamp Out. The author of over fifty books, including historical and royal biography, popular music, true crime, local history, plays and fiction, he has also contributed articles to and reviewed books and records for local and national publications, was a consultant to the BBC documentary 'The King, the Kaiser and the Tsar', and is a contributor to 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' and 'Guinness Rockopaedia'. He lives in Devon. His latest titles are 'Plymouth: A City at War' (The History Press), 'The last German Empress' and 'The Big Royal Quiz Book' (both Amazon Kindle). 'The Prussian Princesses' is due through Fonthill Media later in 2014.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 12 Sep 2004
In Edward VII's Children, John Van Der Kiste continues his tradition of making the past come to life.
Edward VII's Children is a fast read, but a meticulously researched and very enjoyable one. One of the reasons it's so entertaining is that the five children covered in this book seem like the cast of characters at any family gathering: the superstar playboy brother, the insecure younger brother in the shadows, the meddling spinster aunt, the happy housewife, and the smart one who's able to laugh at them all. Of particular interest is that youngest daughter, Maud, who relates her own bemusement at quite accidentally finding herself the Queen of Norway. The short, sad, and sordid life of "Eddy", Albert Victor, is also covered. That his main claim to fame was being accused of being Jack the Ripper is perhaps the most diplomatic thing that could be said about him. The future George V is also covered in depth from a family and personal perspective, with particular attention paid to the interesting dynamics between him, his parents, and his wife, the future Queen Mary.
You may recognise aspects of your own family in this book: how one generation determines "not to do things the way their parents did them" but, in the process, creates just as many new problems for their own children to overcome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A skilful, rounded family portrait 13 July 2004
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King George V has been dealt with at length by other authors, and apart from the endless Jack the Ripper theorising, there's not much to say about the unfortunate Duke of Clarence. And two of the princesses, the Duchess of Fife and Princess Victoria, hardly led the most exciting lives. But Van der Kiste has written such a skilful, rounded family portrait, that fills in the picture perfectly if you've ever been intrigued by the lives of King Edward and Queen Alexandra. As with all his other books I've come across, it's extremely readable, with some interesting letters from the Royal Archives - now we know what Queen Maud of Norway thought about Wallis Simpson - and he has the knack of bringing the personalities to life so well. Maybe he will write a biography of Queen Maud one day?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The royal children 2 Jan 2014
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For people who like recent royal history this is a jolly good read and gives an insight into royal Edwardian life
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I got a bit overwhelmed with the minute detail of dates etc but it gave a good overview of the history it addresses
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edward VII's children 8 Jan 2014
By lai
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I enjoyed this book very much. It has given me a greater insight into the family life and upbringing - surprising that with such a dynamic and extrovert father, that the children are so introverted and do not appear to have much character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edward VII children 24 July 2013
By rebecca
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Interesting read with out becoming to confusing with the often repetition of names. An enjoyable read. I would recommend the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 22 July 2013
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Very well written , the author manages to convey with suitable level of compassion that being born into rank and privilege is no guarantee of happy life , this author is very good at giving easy to follow cross referencing , I enjoyed. This book very much .
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