Edward VII: The Last Victorian King

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 12, 2007 - History - 368 pages
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To his mother, Queen Victoria, he was "poor Bertie," to his wife he was "my dear little man," while the President of France called him "a great English king," and the German Kaiser condemned him as "an old peacock." King Edward VII was all these things and more, as Hibbert reveals in this captivating biography. Shedding new light on the scandals that peppered his life, Hibbert reveals Edward's dismal early years under Victoria's iron rule, his terror of boredom that led to a lively social life at home and abroad, and his eventual ascent to the throne at age 59. Edward is best remembered as the last Victorian king, the monarch who installed the office of Prime Minister.
  

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User Review  - everfresh1 - LibraryThing

The life of Edward VII wasn't particularly interesting and author covers it pretty adequately. It creates an objective portrait of the king with all his nice qualities and quirks. Read full review

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User Review  - ElizabethAnnS - LibraryThing

Not a bit dry, lots of documented facts, good photos, well laid out chapters covering all the major points of his life and reign. I liked that he didn't footnote everything but provided good ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
Authors Note and Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
PART ONEPRINCE OF WALES 18411901
1Poor Bertie
2A Private Student
3The Suitor
4The Bridegroom
12Inconvenient Friends and Illbred Children
PART TWOKING 19011910
13King of the Castle
14The King at Work
15The King at Home
16The King Abroad
17LOncle de lEurope
18The King and the Kaiser

5Marlborough House and Sandringham
6A Troubled Family
7Rounds of Pleasure
8The Prince Under Fire
9A Passage to India
10Exclusion
11Other Ladies
19The Final Months
20Drawn Blinds
Reference Notes
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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CHRISTOPHER HIBBERT, "a pearl of biographers" (New Statesman), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of Disraeli  (Palgrave Macmillan), The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, The English: A Social History, and Cavaliers and Roundheads. He lives in Oxfordshire, England.

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