Bertie: A Life of Edward VII

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This isn’t yet another biography of the irresponsible, hedonistic heir to the throne who became king far too late in life and achieved little in his nine-year reign. Jane Ridley has made excellent use of private papers unseen by previous biographers to paint a rather different picture of Edward VII. In an entertaining yet thoughtful style she sets before us a young man frustrated by a difficult relationship with his mother, Queen Victoria, who thought he would make an unsuitable king. He found refuge in gambling, gourmandising, and conducting scandalous love-affairs. But he married dutifully a woman who, though tolerant and loving, never quite grew up, and when he did become king at 59, proved himself to be a fine diplomat who made the monarchy more human and accessible.

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Century

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(UK) £30.00

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(UK) 9780701176143

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Hardback

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608

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