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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Ridley Narrator: Carole Boyd Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Entertaining and different, this is an enjoyable study of a flawed yet characterful Prince of Wales seen through the eyes of the women in his life. Edward Vll, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age and died in 1911, was King of England for the final 10 years of his life. He was 59 when at last he came to the throne. Known as Bertie, the eldest son of Victoria and Albert, he was bullied by both his parents. Although Bertie was heir to the throne, Victoria refused to give him any proper responsibilities, as a result of which he spent his time eating, betting, and womanising.

Bertie's numerous mistresses included the society hostess Daisy Brook ('Babbling Brook'), Lillie Langtry and Alice Keppel. When Bertie finally became king, he did a good job, especially in foreign policy. This colourful book gives Bertie due credit, while painting a vivid portrait of the age in all its excess and eccentricity, hypocrisy and heartbreak.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amelia Osterud | 8/5/2013

    " Very interesting, very long. Read right after American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill by Anne Sebba, which was a nice companion read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nancy Stringer | 5/9/2013

    " Edward VII, a playboy for much of his life, made a surprisingly good king. "

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