- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: HarperPress (16 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007481012
- ISBN-13: 978-0007481019
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
King Edward VIII Paperback – 16 Feb 2012
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‘Philip Ziegler is a master of biographical narrative …Seldom has such exhaustive research been made so compellingly readable’ Michael Holroyd
‘Ziegler has told Edward’s story with consummate skill’ Sarah Bradford, Sunday Times
‘Beautifully written and constructed’ Michael Bloch, Sunday Telegraph
‘Ziegler writes with urbanity and generosity but is unflinching in his judgements … an exemplary biography’ Richard Davenport-Hines, Times Literary Supplement
‘A splendid book of impeccable scholarship, admirably written, moving, ironical and at times very amusing …’ Robert Blake, Country Life
‘A book of such compelling interest and frankness that it is difficult to put down … a very fine book’ New York Times Book Review
‘I found Ziegler’s book riveting’ Paul Barker, Listener
‘He writes brilliantly’ Christopher Hudson, Evening Standard
About the Author
Philip Ziegler was born in 1929 and educated at Eton and Oxford. He was a diplomat before becoming an editorial director at the publishers William Collins. His many books include acclaimed biographies of William IV, Lady Diana Cooper, Lord Mountbatten and Harold Wilson, as well as the classic history of the Black Death. His authorised biography of Edward Heath won the Elizabeth Longford Prize in 2011.
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However, as with all stories, there is more to it than that. Rarely can a Prince of Wales have approached the idea of his enthronement with less enthusiasm, and it does seem that temperamentally Edward, or David as he was actually known to family and friends, was utterly unsuited to be King. Edward, it seems, had the misfortune to be heir to the throne at a time when the country and the monarchy were changing rapidly - Edward was perhaps the first 'modern' Royal, at a time when the monarchy and the country were still to a very large extent stuck in the Victorian/Edwardian eras. And yet at the same time, he held the very traditional view that a monarch's private life remained private. Not for him the current sense that the Royal Family belong to the nation, that the private and public are intertwined. He simply could not see why whom he chose as friends, how he spent his time, and above all else, who he chose to love and marry, were any business of anyone else.
In this engaging and well-written biography, the Prince of Wales/Edward VIII/Duke of Windsor comes across as a man of arrested development, a man who never truly grew up.Read more ›
If I have one critisism of Ziegler it is that the cause of the "Abdication Crises" Mrs Simpson does not get alot of attention. The comments of Edward's servants during their courtship suggest a driven women with a keen appreciation of the value of money. Whether she had any hope or intention of becomming Queen is never explored which is a pity.
The author lays to rest conclusively the common belief that Edward was pro -nazi or that he would have returned to Britain as a puppet king in the event of a German victory. His period as Governor General of the Bahamas is described in detail and Edward emerges as a shrewd operator who left the islands more prosperous than when he left, was not afraid to take on the white merchant class, although he opposed the inclusion of representatives of the black population being included because of his racial prejudice.
Edward emerges as a man who spent the first part of his life trying to get his mother's approval then spent the last 40 years constantly reassuring himself that he had his wife's. The Royal family in the main emerge as somewhat petty acting illegally in refusing the Duchess the style of her Royal Highness.Read more ›
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Highly recommended, great in depth novel,very informative.just what I was looking forPublished 10 months ago by L.M.
Even Philip Zeiggler couldn't make an exciting book out of a very boring man!Published 12 months ago by Sue Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I bought this on kindle, so wasn't really aware just what a long book this was. However, it kept me engrossed throughout. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Seagull
Hail to the great King! In the history of royalty, probably he is the only one who was true to himself and his beloved. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Adlerinternational
I was disappointed with this book - it managed to make what should be a racy story very dullPublished 21 months ago by Mrs. Susan White
Interesting read. Think author is quite sympathetic towards King Edward .Published 22 months ago by BEM