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The heir apparent : a life of Edward VII, the playboy prince

Author: Jane Ridley
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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This richly entertaining biography chronicles the eventful life of Queen Victoria's firstborn son, the quintessential black sheep of Buckingham Palace, who matured into as wise and effective a monarch as Britain has ever seen. Granted unprecedented access to the royal archives, noted scholar Jane Ridley draws on numerous primary sources to paint a vivid portrait of the man and the age to which he gave his name. Born
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Edward, King of Great Britain; Edward, King of Great Britain; Edward, King of Great Britain
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Ridley
ISBN: 9781400062553 1400062551 9780812972634 0812972635 9780812994759 0812994752
OCLC Number: 825647850
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain in 2012 by Chatto & Windus."
Description: xxiv, 726 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The eighty-nine steps --
Youth. --
Victoria and Albert 1841 --
"Our poor strange boy" 1841-1856 --
'Neither fish nor flesh' 1856-1860 --
Bertie's fall 1861 --
Marriage 1861-1863 --
"Totally totally unfit .?.?. for ever becoming king" 1863-1865 --
Alix's knee 1865-1867 --
Marlborough House and Harriett Mordaunt 1868-1870 --
Annus horribilis 1870-1871 --
Expanding middle. --
Resurrection? 1871-1875 --
India 1875-1876 --
The Aylesford scandal 1876 --
Lillie Langtry 1877-1878 --
Prince Hal 1878-1881 --
Prince of Pleasure 1881-1887 --
William 1887-1889 --
Scandal 1889-1890 --
Nemesis 1890-1892 --
Daisy Warwick 1892-1896 --
"We are all in God's hands" 1897-1901 --
King --
King Edward the Caresser 1901-1902 --
"Edward the Confessor number two" 1902 --
King Edward the peacemaker 1903-1905 --
Uncle of Europe 1905-1907 --
King Canute 1908-1909 --
King of Trumps 1909-1910 --
The people's king : March-May 1910 --
Conclusion --
Afterword : Bertie and the biographers.
Responsibility: Jane Ridley.

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This richly entertaining biography chronicles the eventful life of Queen Victoria's firstborn son, the quintessential black sheep of Buckingham Palace, who matured into as wise and effective a monarch as Britain has ever seen. Granted unprecedented access to the royal archives, noted scholar Jane Ridley draws on numerous primary sources to paint a vivid portrait of the man and the age to which he gave his name. Born Prince Albert Edward, and known to familiars as "Bertie," the future King Edward VII had a well-earned reputation for debauchery. A notorious gambler, glutton, and womanizer, he preferred the company of wastrels and courtesans to the dreary life of the Victorian court. His own mother considered him a lazy halfwit, temperamentally unfit to succeed her. When he ascended to the throne in 1901, at age fifty-nine, expectations were low. Yet by the time he died nine years later, he had proven himself a deft diplomat, hardworking head of state, and the architect of Britain's modern constitutional monarchy. Jane Ridley's colorful biography rescues the man once derided as "Edward the Caresser" from the clutches of his historical detractors. Excerpts from letters and diaries shed new light on Bertie's long power struggle with Queen Victoria, illuminating one of the most emotionally fraught mother-son relationships in history. Considerable attention is paid to King Edward's campaign of personal diplomacy abroad and his valiant efforts to reform the political system at home. Separating truth from legend, Ridley also explores Bertie's relationships with the women in his life. Their ranks comprised his wife, the stunning Danish princess Alexandra, along with some of the great beauties of the era: the actress Lillie Langtry, longtime "royal mistress" Alice Keppel (the great-grandmother of Camilla Parker Bowles), and Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston. Edward VII waited nearly six decades for his chance to rule, then did so with considerable panache and aplomb. A magnificent life of an unexpectedly impressive king, The Heir Apparent documents the remarkable transformation of a man -- and a monarchy -- at the dawn of a new century. - Jacket flap.

"Chronicles the eventful life of Queen Victoria's firstborn son, the quintessential black sheep of Buckingham Palace, who matured into as wise and effective a monarch as Britain has ever seen."--Publisher's description.

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