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by Philip Ziegler

King Edward VIII: The official biography epub

ISBN: 0002157411

ISBN13: 978-0002157414

Author: Philip Ziegler

Category: Memoris

Language: English

Publisher: Collins (1990)

Pages: 654 pages

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In this masterly authorized biography, Philip Ziegler reveals the complex personality of Edward VIII, the only British monarch to have voluntarily renounced the throne

In this masterly authorized biography, Philip Ziegler reveals the complex personality of Edward VIII, the only British monarch to have voluntarily renounced the throne. At the heart of the book is an unflinchingly honest examination of Edward’s all-consuming passion for Wallis Simpson, which led to his dramatic abdication

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Philip Sandeman Ziegler CVO FRSL (born 24 December 1929) is a British biographer and historian. The Official Biography (1985). Elizabeth's Britain 1926 to 1986 (1986). Wilson: The Authorised Life of Lord Wilson of Rievaulx (1993) on Harold Wilson.

Philip Ziegler was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. He is at work on the official biography of Prime Minister Edward Heath

Philip Ziegler was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. A former member of the diplomatic service, he has written biographies of King William IV, Lord Melbourne, Lady Diana Cooper, Lord Mountbatten, King Edward VIII, Harold Wilson, and Osbert Sitwell. His most recent book is Legacy: Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes Trust and Rhodes Scholarships. He is at work on the official biography of Prime Minister Edward Heath. Mr. Ziegler lives with his wife in Kensington, London. Bibliographic information. King Edward VIII: A Life.

Philip Sandeman Ziegler (born 24 December 1929) is a prominent British biographer and historian. He was educated at St Cyprian's School, Eastbourne, and went with the school when it merged with Summer Fields School Oxford. He was afterwards at Eton College and New College, Oxford. He earned a degree in Jurisprudence with highest honours before joining the British Foreign Service, in which he served in a variety of foreign locales. Originally intending to be a novelist, he began a career as biographer with his life of Talleyrand's lover, the Duchess of Dino.

Edward VIII became king of the United Kingdom following the death of his father, George V, but ruled . The king has three other sons!" Upon his return to England, the young Prince Edward took up his official duties, and traveled throughout Britain and other parts of the world

Edward VIII became king of the United Kingdom following the death of his father, George V, but ruled for less than a year. The king has three other sons!" Upon his return to England, the young Prince Edward took up his official duties, and traveled throughout Britain and other parts of the world. Dashing and charming, he became known in the American press as the "arbiter of men's fashions, a fearless horseman, tireless dancer, idol of bachelors, dream of spinsters.

King Edward VIII Philip Ziegler. Yet Edward VIII, who was on the throne for less than a year, remains vividly in the popular imagination. It is now more than twenty years since my biography of King Edward VIII appeared and three-quarters of a century since the abdication. To most contemporary readers Edward VIII’s father and grandfather – King George V and King Edward VII – are shadowy figures. Within the last two decades there have been more than twenty further books dealing with his life or certain aspects of it, not to mention newspaper articles galore, plays, television documentaries, even a musical comedy.

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The young Edward seemed to have it all. Handsome, courtly, wistful, his slight form, blonde hair and blue eyes were the stuff of fairy tales, the Prince who might have been pursuing Cinderella. Ziegler's fine biography must surely reveal the real, the definitive Edward. He puts the tapestry of Edward's life before you, but that tapestry begins to unravel as Edward reaches adulthood. Hopelessly ill-educated- Oxford not withstanding- Edward is a strange case of arrested development, too long a teenager. Even his letters are riddled with exclamation points and he babbles on like somebody sixteen. When he discovered sex he never looked back but seemed to prefer older married women- perhaps he was really looking for a mother. He soon developed into a womanizer playing the field for all it was worth, but his two great loves were Freda Dudley Ward and Mrs. Simpson.

Running through all of Edward's correspondence is a self-pitying whine which given his enormous largesse is hardly comprehensible. He constantly bemoans his wretched childhood with his martinet father wielding the whip. George V was a strict disciplinarian but highly supportive of his son. When Edward's little brother Johnnie died at thirteen of complications of epilepsy, Edward wrote his mother a cruel letter implying the little boy was better off dead. Queen Mary was terribly hurt by her oldest son's callousness but callousness is a part of Edward's character- he hurt many people and stepped on people he no longer wanted in his life.

Freda Dudley Ward had been the Prince's mistress some fifteen years and she was one of the people he shut out of his life by telling the switch board operator to block her calls. He did not tell her himself but he had met Mrs. Simpson and Freda became a throwaway. If ever there was an idee fixe, it was Mrs. Simpson to Edward. Perhaps a man so idolized around the world, a rock star for whom was prepared "a monstrous banquet of pleasure" would inevitably be forever spoiled to the point that he cared for no one's opinion except his own.

Author Ziegler has Wallis pegged as "shallow and greedy." "Even men she didn't want she didn't want anyone else to have." Perhaps because of the humiliation of her impoverished childhood money and material possessions came to mean everything. Edward had never met a person so un-awed by his position. Wallis neither respected the office nor the man and the Prince, used to being "swaddled in a protective cocoon" and no doubt a masochist, fell like a sack of potatoes and figuratively threw himself at Wallis' feet for life, happy in his surrender. That he should consider the harsh, domineering, often rude woman as the perfect woman really does boggle the mind and as long as their story is told probably will boggle many more minds down the road. What Wallis Simpson actually had that would precipitate the abdication is not a matter discussed in detail by Author Ziegler for the simple reason he is as much in the dark as the rest of us. But the fact she was plain and angular, about as far from the softly feminine Freda Dudley Ward as you can get, didn't figure in the equation. He wanted to be horse-whipped and she obliged him.

Ziegler's discussion of the Abdication crisis may leave you breathless, it was a brouhaha of immense proportions. Edward, however, proceeded on his merry way. He had to wait six months before he could wed Wallis which threw him into one of his dark depressions. Married and on the loose, the British government was at loggerheads about what to do with Edward. The Duke and Duchess' ill-advised visit to Nazi Germany which included private meetings with Hitler has suggested to many historians that Hitler wished to have Edward re-instated as king of a the newly fascist Great Britain. Author Ziegler suggests that Edward was less pro-Nazi than anti-communist and hoped Russia and Germany would slug it out.And he actually believed he had a role to play in reconciling England and Germany.

Edward was installed as the new governor of the Bahamas in Nassau more or less a ploy to plunk Edward where he could do no harm politically or otherwise. Both Duke and Duchess loathed the Island, but they did make some headway in relieving poverty; however the murder of a local magnate, Sir Harry Oakes, erased the slate. The Duke made some crucial errors in investigating the sensational murder and when their tour of duty was finished in the Bahamas he spent the rest of his life trying to secure a suitable job for himself. The last two decades of his life saw the pair drifting aimlessly from one watering hole to the next, as many have said, parasites.

In his last paragraph Author Ziegler sums up his feelings about Edward. His remarks actually brought tears to my eyes:

"the greatness of the sacrifice he made for her, the fortitude with which he battled for her over the thirty six years of their marriage, the steadfastness of his love until the day he died, are matters which should not be forgotten when any final judgment is assayed of the life and character, if not the reign, of King Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor."

Whether the Duchess deserved such devotion is not our call. Don't miss this wonderful biography, which surely portrays the real Edward, his character laid before you with both compassion and strict adherence to the facts.
Interesting but plods along.
This account of the life of Edward VIII fills in some blanks about the king. His early life and family relationships are recounted in some detail and well supported by letters and documents. This sets a good foundation for the rest of the book where his abdication and post abdication life are discussed. Wallis Simpson appears a bit one dimensional but this is after all a book about the former King so perhaps that is appropriate. All in all a good supplement to the other books out there about his life.
I am still reading the book. But it is good so far alot of stuff I already read though.
An exhaustive account of what all the royals thought and said about Edward VIII. Makes history come alive. Edward VIII's
impossible money demands are detailed.
The author provides an indepth look at this man and his wife. By the end of the book, I find "King Edward" a very shallow, selfish, egotistical individual. His spouse wasn't much better. Perhaps they deserved each other.
good condition---easy to read.