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Edward VII : the Prince of Wales and the women he loved / Catharine Arnold.

Author/Creator:
Arnold, Catharine author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Format/Description:
Book
viii, 291 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Edward VII, King of Great Britain, 1841-1910 -- Relations with women.
Edward VII, King of Great Britain, 1841-1910
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Paramours -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Kings and rulers.
Kings and rulers -- Paramours
Relations with women.
Great Britain.
Local subjects:
Edward VII King of Great Britain 1841-1910 -- Relations with women.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Paramours -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
Biography.
Biographies.
Summary:
"Edward Prince of Wales, better known as "Bertie," was the eldest son of Queen Victoria. Charming and dissolute, he was a larger-than-life personality with king-size appetites. A lifelong womanizer, Bertie conducted his countless liaisons against the glittering backdrop of London society, Europe, and the stately homes of England in the second half of the 19th century. Bertie's lovers were beautiful, spirited, society women who embraced a wide field of occupations. There was Lillie Langtry, the simple Jersey girl who would become an actress and producer; "Daisy" Brooke, Countess of Warwick, the extravagant socialite who embraced socialism and stood for Parliament as a Labour party candidate; bisexual French actress Sarah Bernhardt, celebrated for her decadent appeal and opium habit; and by total contrast the starchy Agnes Keyser, who founded a hospital for army officers. One of Bertie's most intriguing liaisons was with American heiress Jennie Churchill, unhappy wife of Sir Randolph Churchill and mother of Sir Winston. While the scandals resulting from his affairs--from suicides to divorces--were a blight on the royal family, Bertie would become a surprisingly modern monarch. His major accomplishment was transforming the British monarchy into the modern institution that we know today and ensuring its survival in a period when every other European dynasty collapsed in the wake of WWI"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
A youthful indiscretion
A royal wedding
"Gay Paree and London lowlife"
Mordaunt vs. Mordaunt
Jennie Churchill, the dollar princess
The Aylesford scandal
The Jersey tomboy
Taking London by storm
The real Prince Charming
Royal mistress
The wheel of fortune
Jennie and Randolph
My darling Daisy
The heart has its reasons
She stoops to conquer
The unforgivable sin
The Tranby Croft trial
The socialite socialist
Captain Laycock of the Blues
The last mistress : Alice Keppel
Golden years
Famous last words.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-280) and index.
ISBN:
9781250069146 (hardback)
1250069149 (hardback)
9781466877948 (e-book)
OCLC:
957021671
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