Bertie: A Life of Edward VII

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Random House, Aug 30, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 624 pages
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Edward VII, who gave his name to the Edwardian era but was always known as Bertie, was fifty-nine when he finally came to power and ushered out the Victorian age. The eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Bertie was bullied by both his parents. Denied any proper responsibilities, the heir to the throne spent his time eating (which earned him the nickname ‘Tum Tum’), pursuing women (which Queen Victoria held to be the reason for Albert’s early demise), gambling, going to house parties and race meetings, and shooting pheasants. His arranged marriage to the stunning Danish princess Alexandra gave him access to the European dynastic network; but his name was linked with many beauties, including Lillie Langtry and Winston Churchill’s mother. This magnificent new biography provides new insight into the playboy prince while painting a vivid portrait of the age in all its excess and eccentricity.

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User Review  - knightlight777 - LibraryThing

A well researched book covering the life of probably not a not well known King to most of us who like the current Prince Charles waited a long time to take the reign form his famous Queen mother ... Read full review

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User Review  - NellieMc - LibraryThing

It's nice to read a biography that throws away pre-conceptions and accepted history and takes a fresh look at, in this case, Edward VII. Excellent in-depth study, and nice to be introduced to someone ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Jane Ridley is Professor of History at Buckingham University, where she teaches a course on biography. Her previous books include The Young Disraeli, acclaimed by Robert Blake as definitive, while her most recent biography, a highly praised study of the architect Edwin Lutyens and his relationship with his troubled wife, won the Duff Cooper Prize in 2003. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Ridley writes book reviews for the Spectator and other newspapers, and has also appeared on radio and several television documentaries. She lives in London and Scotland.

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