The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder Hardcover – 4 Apr 2013
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Andrew Rose cracks the case in dramatic detail, turning up compelling new evidence. (The Times)
The story of Marguerite...is fascinating not only for what it reveals of this far from appealing personality but for the social history of the time and of that glittering and decadent world, both in Paris and Cairo. Andrew Rose was himself a judge and his lengthy account of the trial is magnificent. (The Spectator)
Rose has written a gripping book, enhanced by his elegant style and sharp eye for detail. (Press Association)
The royal family's darkest secret and the establishment cover-upSee all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Marguerite Alibert, far from being a 'Princess', was the Parisian daughter of a cab driver and a charwoman. Pregnant at sixteen, her future looked bleak, but she had a strong will and a quest for upward mobility. She reinvented herself, became a high class escort and the mistress of rich and influential men. In Paris she met, and began an affair with, the young Prince of Wales. When he cast her off for Fridie (Winifred) Dudley Ward, Marguerite's less attractive qualities emerged and she attempted to blackmail Edward with the many letters he had sent her, containing explosive and personal information and causing Special Branch to become involved. Marguerite was herself an explosive character, in an extremely hedonistic time. Her first marriage ended quickly in arguments and divorce - her second ended in murder.
When Marguerite was accused of murdering her handsome and incredibly wealthy husband, Ali Kamel Famy bey, there was an emotive and theatrical trial at the Old Bailey. It was 1923 and during the melodramatic trial, there was much public sympathy for a young woman "lured" to the East.Read more ›
But once again, I must return to this problem of Kindle sub-editing. This was a properly published book, not an e-books only edition, but still suffered from misprints and errors - favourite in this book seems to be errant question marks. I hope this problem will improve in time.
Every character has been introduced and given a decent biography whilst been correctly woven into this highly informative volume. The context used by the author is by virtue of substantial research.
Given that the evidence is incomplete (not the fault of the author in any way), the reader is relayed everything that has so far been made public by the release of secret service files, recently published diaries and anecdotes, and fragments of actual primary sources previously thought destroyed but now available.
This book adds favourably to the reams of work on Edward VIII. But in doing so, is worthy of respect where other efforts have gone wanting.
The author's references are extensive. The photos are a good selection. The grammar is excellent. The storytelling transports you back to "the long weekend" and the great war travesty that prefaced the period.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had heard of this trial - I think from a tv programme about the Savoy! I do believe it all as written actually. The author is Andrew Rose.Published 4 months ago by Lindsey Clare Gee-Turner
This is a fascinating story. I first saw this on tv so had to buy the book. Excellent research. I wonder what else has been hidden from us for all these years?Published 12 months ago by Westfield
I enjoyed the beginning of this book although I felt that mid-way through, too much time was spent on the fairly boring details of the court case. Read morePublished 17 months ago by kilotango
Fantastic service, the subjects in the book were ghastly people.Published 21 months ago by marilyn bunting