Edward VII: The Last Victorian King

Edward VII: The Last Victorian King


By (author) Christopher Hibbert, Foreword by Hugh Thomas

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 26mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 16 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
  • ISBN 10: 1403983771
  • ISBN 13: 9781403983770
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
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  • Sales rank: 279,476

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To his mother, Queen Victoria, he was "poor Bertie," to his wife he was "my dear little man," while the President of France called him "a great English king," and the German Kaiser condemned him as "an old peacock." King Edward VII was all these things and more, as Hibbert reveals in this captivating biography. Shedding new light on the scandals that peppered his life, Hibbert reveals Edward's dismal early years under Victoria's iron rule, his terror of boredom that led to a lively social life at home and abroad, and his eventual ascent to the throne at age 59. Edward is best remembered as the last Victorian king, the monarch who installed the office of Prime Minister.

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Author information

CHRISTOPHER HIBBERT, "a pearl of biographers" ("New Statesman), " is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of "Disraeli " (Palgrave Macmillan), "The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, " "The English: A Social History, "and "Cavaliers and Roundheads." He lives in Oxfordshire, England.

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"The writing of history is an exercise in instruction; but that is no reason why it should not also be an exercise in rhetoric, for there is a "voluptas" to the texture of history that is best conveyed by good writing. Gibbon understood this, so did Macaulay and so did Carlyle in his own crabbed fashion. And so does Christopher Hibbert."--"The New York Times"

Table of contents

PART I: PRINCE OF WALES, 1841-190 "Poor Bertie "A Private Student" The Suitor The Bridegroom Marlborough House and Sandringham A Troubled Family Rounds of Pleasure The Prince under Fire A Passage to India Exclusion "Other Ladies" "Inconvenient" Friends and "Ill-bred Children" PART II: KING, 1901-1910 King of the Castle The King at Work The King at Home The King Abroad L'Oncle de L'Europe The King and the Kaiser The Final Months Drawn Blinds