RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 45375122 LA English T1 Edward the Caresser : the playboy prince who became Edward VII A1 Weintraub, Stanley,, PB Free Press PP New York YR 2001 SN 0684853183 9780684853185 AB In each of the past three centuries, a Prince of Wales has waited most of his life to become King, from George IV to Edward VII to Prince Charles. Each one disappointed his reigning parent. Each had an unhappy marriage and famous affairs. But only one single-handedly gave his name to an age: the future Edward VII, Albert Edward, oldest son of Queen Victoria. How did such a roguish Prince to come such a beloved King? The story of "Bertie" is the story of one of the first superstars in the dawning culture of celebrity. Drawing on previously unavailable, little used or unknown diaries, letters, memoirs, and reportage from both sides of the Atlantic, acclaimed biographer Stanley Weintraub paints an unforgettable picture of the Prince and his worlds: his difficult and frustrating childhood, his introductions to gentlemanly sins at Oxford and Cambridge, his Chile arranged marriage to the pretty but dull Princess Alexandra, and his constant escapes two balls, races, spas, and country houses, where he gambled, gourmandized, carouse, and whored. Husbands who hoped to advance among the gentry worked to arrange affairs between the Prince and their wives, maneuvering to situate bedrooms near his chambers. His string of "God-children" included some almost certainly his own. Yet despite, or because of, Bertie's flaws, he was loved wherever he went. He was a natural diplomat, able to charm strangers and dance all night. When he toured the United States in 1860, he was a media sensation, and there was even talk of marriage with President Buchanan's niece. When Victoria finally died in 1901 after decades of withdrawal from public life amid continual mourning for Albert, England relaxed and celebrated for the first time in years. Edward the Caresser presents an extraordinary picture of tragedy and farce, qualities that fit Edward perfectly for the role of modern monarch. - Jacket flap. Biography of Edward VII covering the years before he became king.