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A King's Story: The Memoirs of HRH the Duke of Windsor, KG (Prion lost treasures) [Paperback]

Duke of Windsor , Philip Ziegler
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27 Oct 1998 Prion lost treasures
Written in 1951, this is the autobiography of the late Duke of Windsor - great grandson of Queen Victoria, grandson of Edward VII, son of George V, and cousin of the German Emperor and the Czar of Russia. The book tells the story of the future king's early youth at Sandringham, his years at Naval School on the Isle of Wight, at Magdalen College, Oxford, in the army in World War I, and his tours of Canada, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Eventually he becomes king, on the death of his father. He defies the wishes of Stanley Baldwin, the Prime Minister, when he insists on marrying Wallis Simpson, the future Duchess of Windsor. The book features his abdication, and his marriage.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853753033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853753039
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A King's story 9 Mar 2010
A wonderful book, detailing the childhood and early adulthood of the Duke of Windsor. It is written with great warmth and affection for his brothers and sister and his 'dearest Papa' (George V)and his childhood spent at Naval College. A real revalation into the character of the King who never was. Unfortunately the story does not continue beyond his abdication, but was one of those books you are really sorry when it ends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book review 30 Oct 2008
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Great Book, Helpful for my disertation, such a sad and well told story. Original copy of the book
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing fan dance 29 April 2014
By Edmund
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Well worth reading now after all these years and to see clearly what a self deluding fan dance of a book it is. Ghost written of course and obviously self serving but mainly written for the huge cash amounts involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating historical document and surprisingly good read 13 April 2000
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The Duke of Windsor wrote this book in the 1950s while living in Paris. Reading it you begin to get some sense that for all his faults here was an individual of extraordinary personal charm. It was certainly a singular life. Here was a boy who was led to believe he would inherit the throne of the greatest empire on earth but who ends up as a sad fixture on the international cocktail party circuit in the arms of an ageing American divorcee of uncertain past. What happened! The anecdotal style of this simply written book is very enjoyable to read. The passing of the certainties of the Victorian age, the Edwardian twilight, World War I, the thrill of all things new and American in the 20s and 30s: the would be Edward VIII is a uniquely placed witness. History increasingly casts the Duke and his bride as ridiculous even sinister figures. This book helps you to remember that they were human too, falliable, and at the mercy of political and world historical forces beyond their control.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and revealing 9 July 2007
By mg1900 - Published on
This is a very good story, and well told, even if ghost written.

Oddly, it casts the Duke of Windsor in a poor light, and indicates why, quite apart from the marriage question, he was a bad King. Who can read without wincing his account of how he abruptly cut short the presentations of debutantes to him at Buckingham Palace because it started to rain? This was the high point of perfectly harmless society ladies' lives, and he not only walked out in the middle, but caustically observes that he cannot understand why anyone was upset.

And then there is the peculiar passage where he says that he worked out that it would take nearly a month for bodies like the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and others, to present their loyal addresses, so he insisted on them all being done in one day, in one batch, because he could not be bothered to respond to all of them individually. Yet this was his job as a constitutional monarch!

A welcome feature of the book is that it stops at the moment of abdication. Although this means that he doesn't have to explain his conduct during the lead up to the war, and during the war (which is, however, documented in the Duchess of Windsor's memoirs), it does focus the book almost entirely on his upbringing as a Prince, and on the abdication, which are the most interesting things about him.

Well worth reading.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A STORY FIT FOR A KING! 6 Jan 2013
By sally sands - Published on
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King Edward VIII is more than a KING. And beyond his story, he is quite the literary scholar. Very well composed text and this is a book that would serve students well, and teachers, in order to teach students to write properly, effectively, and correctly.

The story, itself, is a true accounting, right from the horse's mouth, about the events, truths, and falsehoods, surrounding King Edward VIII's abdication from the throne. The story is all in his words. He wrote this while in his prime, while the events were ever prominent in his mind. He leaves nothing unturned. Great book. Great story. Great King. Great man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A King's Story 19 Dec 2002
By Shirley M. Corley - Published on
The greatest love story of our century is an understatement.
A King's Story is well known to be ghost written for the Duke and even with constant prodding, he suffered from selective memory.
He seems to forget all his previous "friendships", those familiar with the saga will know this means the married women in his life before Wallis. A great addition to royal book collection, but if you are looking for the facts, hunt them down in Donaldson book. Companion book is the Duchess Heart has it's reasons. Maybe they should have gotten together so the facts in each book matched.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!! 16 Jan 2014
By Saundra L. Mccallie Deeley - Published on
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If you follow the Royals this is a must read, he was a free thinker and would have bought much change to the Monarchy, which was not wanted then and not now either. If history has taught us anything the Monarchy still lives in the past! Mrs. Simpson was only a scape goat to rid Briton of this King!!! My thoughts only!
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