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Author Ridley, Jane, author.

Title The heir apparent : a life of Edward VII, the playboy prince / Jane Ridley.

Edition First U.S. edition.
Publication Info. New York : Random House, ©2013.
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 Nichols Adult Biography  BIO EDWARD    AVAILABLE
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Description xxiv, 726 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical tables ; 25 cm
Note "Originally published in Great Britain in 2012 by Chatto & Windus, a member of The Random House Group, London, in 2012, as Bertie: A Life of Edward VII." --Verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Summary "Born Prince Albert Edward, and known 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."
Subject Edward VII, King of Great Britain, 1841-1910.
Edward VII, King of Great Britain, 1841-1910 -- Relations with women.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Great Britain -- History -- Edward VII, 1901-1910.
ISBN 9781400062553 (hc : alk. paper)
1400062551 (hc : alk. paper)
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