Edward VIII by Piers Brendon
The Uncrowned King (Penguin Monarchs)

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'After my death,' George V said of his eldest son and heir, 'the boy will ruin himself within twelve months.'

The forecast proved uncannily accurate. Edward VIII came to the throne in January 1936, provoked a constitutional crisis by his determination to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson, and abdicated in December. He was never crowned king.

In choosing the woman he loved over his royal birthright, Edward shook the monarchy to its foundations. Given the new title 'Duke of Windsor' and essentially sent into exile, he remained a visible skeleton in the royal cupboard until his death in 1972 and he haunts the house of Windsor to this day.

Drawing on unpublished material, notably correspondence with his most loyal (though much tried) supporter Winston Churchill, Piers Brendon's superb biography traces Edward's tumultuous public and private life from bright young prince to troubled sovereign, from wartime colonial governor to sad but glittering expatriate. With pace and panache, it cuts through the myths that still surround this most controversial of modern British monarchs.

 

About Piers Brendon

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PIERS BRENDON is the author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of Churchill and Eisenhower, the best-selling "Eminent Edwardians" and "The Dark Valley," and, most recently, the highly acclaimed "The Decline and Fall of the British Empire." He also writes for television and contributes frequently to the national press. Formerly Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, he is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.
 
Published April 28, 2016 by Penguin. 114 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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