Edward VII: The Last Victorian King

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St. Martin's Press, Jun 12, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages

A riveting biography that vividly captures the life and times of the last Victorian king.

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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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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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


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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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