About this book
A fresh and authoritative biography of Edward VII, reassessing his image as the playboy Prince of Wales, denied a proper role or responsibility by his mother. Contrary to popular belief, Jane Ridley shows that he was in fact an instinctive and clever diplomatist, and a success when he finally became king, reinventing the monarchy for a new age, but she does not shy away from the more scandalous aspects of his life. The biography is based on extensive new primary research, and follows her previous books on Lutyens, Disraeli etc.
Edward VII, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age but was always known as Bertie, was fifty-nine when he finally came to power in 1901. He was only king for the last nine years of his life. The eldest son of Victoria and Albert, Bertie was bullied by both his parents.
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