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Bertie: A Life of Edward VII Paperback – 3 Oct 2013
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"Brilliantly entertaining… Richly detailed, impeccably researched… Written with a light touch and full of human sympathy… A landmark royal biography" (Anne Chisholm Sunday Telegraph)
"This is not only the best biography of King Edward VII; it’s also the best book about royalty ever published… Vivid, detailed and original" (Piers Brendon Independent)
"Paints the story of Edward VII and his long, hectic life as Prince of Wales in vivid colours: no scandal is left unturned, and yet the depth and authenticity of the research make it clear that this is a serious, even magesterial work" (Antonia Fraser Sunday Telegraph (Books of the Year))
"Hugely entertaining from first page to last... It is also scholarly and revealing" (Miriam Gross Evening Standard (Books of the Year))
"A model of how royal biographies should be written... impeccably researched, with much new material, balanced, sensible, disrespectful without being offensive, funny, and a vivid portrait of one of Britain’s most underrated and understudied monarchs" (Philip Ziegler Spectator (Books of the Year))
An exciting new biography of Edward VII, the playboy prince who changed the monarchy, by prizewinning historian and biographer Jane Ridley.See all Product description
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One feels quite sorry for the way his mother misunderstood and under-rated him, and joyous at how he proved her wrong.
I found it irresistible and absorbing: anyone looking for "a-one-book-fits-all" biography of a fascinating man and King need look no further.
One further point, Ridley's style is excellent: never patronising but authoritative, and, to her credit she has a wry sense of humour and is never afraid of a joke or an entertaining aside.
I am delighted to have read this book and commend it wholeheartedly.
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