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The playboy princes : the apprentice years of Edward VII and Edward VIII
The playboy princes : the apprentice years of Edward VII and Edward VIII
Beer, Peter J.2014
A fascinating dual biography proves that controversial Royal Family members are not necessarily only a feature of late 20th- or 21st-century lifeAlthough they were not subjected to the intense media scrutiny that the Royals are today, two Princes of Wales and two namesakes have appeared and captured the fevered imaginations of the public in their wilder early days--later to become Edward VII and Edward VIII respectively. Both have uncanny parallels with modern day princes. The former was, like Charles today, stooging around for years while waiting for a record-breaking mother to either allow him to ascend to the throne--or die. Edward's romances, too, were the subject of much gossip and, incredibly, one of his mistresses was great-grandmother to one Camilla Parker-Bowles. This Edward had slightly more gravitas than his successor and the man who would briefly become Edward VIII played the playboy to the hilt, irresistably reminding one of Prince Harry today. Where Harry has caused newspaper and political controversy with his Nazi regalia at parties, Edward seriously flirted with Fascism--but both have been of more than slight concern to the Establishment. This dual biography offers a compelling portrait of men living for the moment, knowing that a later life of solemn duty beckons. The story of each resonates in a fascinating way as he compares them to what England has now in the way of princes.
London : Peter Owen, 2014.
320 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-311) and index.
Machine generated contents note: Edward VII -- 1.`Make Him Climb Trees!' -- 2.Seeds of Approval -- 3.Marriage -- 4.Marlborough House -- 5.The Sporting Life -- 6.`He Is Not Better; He Is Much the Same' -- 7.Unparalleled Opportunities -- 8.Abroad -- Edward VIII -- 9.Weighed in the Balance -- 10.`The Navy Will Teach David' -- 11.`Learning...of Men' -- 12.`A Desolating Gift' -- 13.Losing Heart -- 14.New Loves for Old.
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