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Prince Eddy and the Homosexual Underworld by [Aronson, Theo]
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Working from original sources (including the files of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Esher Papers), Theo Aronson has written the first full account of the strange life of Prince Eddy, setting it in perspective against a vivid backcloth of the astonishingly active homosexual underworld during the last decades of Queen Victoria's reign. He explores Prince Eddy's upbringing, his university and military careers, his curious personality, his alleged "secret marriage", his links with the Jack the Ripper murders, his early death and, above all, the central mystery of his life - his sexual orientation. For it was this that linked the young Prince's name to the Cleveland Street Scandal.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2350 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing (26 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E6QAHVQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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None of this is proven so you have to take this with a pinch of salt. Interesting though and worth reading if you like history.
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Very interesting read.
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Eddy, as Albert Victor Duke of Clarence was known, was the grandson of Queen Victoria who would have become King-Emperor instead of his younger brother George V had he not died of pneumonia at the age of 28. Unsurprisingly therefore, his family were particularly anxious both that he should turn out well and that any indications to the contrary should be hidden from public view. It is thus ironic that the mystery in which his life was deliberately shrouded has fed the most lurid and outrageous speculation, most notably that the establishment covered up his being Jack the Ripper. One might be tempted to consider this the most far-fetched conspiracy yet to gain credence with a swathe of the British public if the latter were not now taking serious notice of even more ludicrous allegations of child-torture and murder by a sadistic cabal headed by a Prime Minister.

In this the most thorough biography of Prince Eddy yet, Theo Aronson amply demolishes both the theories that he was the Ripper and those that the latter in various suggested forms was acting to cover up a secret marriage of the prince. With good reasons, he takes far more seriously and indeed makes the main theme of his story the rumours, widely believed at the time, that Eddy was involved in the Cleveland Street scandal of 1889. This concerned the prostitution of telegraph boys in their mid-teens to the substantial aristocratic clientele of a brothel there. Anyone imagining these rumours were not contemporary should read the extraordinarily vitriolic character assassination of the prince by the London correspondent of the New York Times.
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Why on why did I even bother to read this book? You read over half of this before the Princes name is even mentioned. Whether you believe Prince Eddy was homosexual or not the 'evidence' presented seems to me to be hearsay or manufactured. Not a book I would recommend and really wish that I had not wasted my time with it.
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By Joe on 30 Sept. 2013
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Theo Aronson is a great writer and here is a book that delves into a part of social history that no one ever spoke about in those days. Found all the speculations and hard evidence interesting. A book I could read again in due course.
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This was purchased as a xmas present. However, I did have a quick browse because it is my type of Bio and I am certain it will be an excellent read. It is for my son who is an avid follower of all the events happening at that time
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Most unfortunate that he did not live long enough to become King of England. I think his reign would have been amost interesting one!!!
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This light biography contains as much detail as is available about the life of Victoria's short lived grandson and heir presumptive to the British throne and a lot about the homosexual underworld of the late Victorian era. The twain don't meet much because the establishment of the day made sure that they did not. The author makes the most of the little documentation that has survived and and poorly reproduces pictures of the main characters, the book presents a lively picture of an upper class gay milieu where peers and postboys rub up against one another in every sense of the word. A lively but ultimately disappointing read.
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