Gold Coast, Australia
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The genuine love match between Prince William and Kate Middleton has rekindled enthusiasm for the British monarchy. In the past, young princes reluctantly entered into arranged marriages and took mistresses. Perdita Robinson, a famous actress, was enticed from the stage with promises of money to live with the fickle Prince of Wales, who turned her and her child onto the street. Perdita fought back, won a financial settlement and became a pioneer of women's writing.
Edward VII's most fascinating mistresses were aristocrats' wives like the multi-talented unconventional Lady Jennie Churchill, mother of Winston, and the headstrong heiress, Daisy, Countess of Warwick, mother of one of Edward's love children. Beautiful Alice Keppel became the love of Edward's life and was the great-grandmother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, yet another royal mistress.
Edward's grandson, Edward VIII suffered an attack of mumps that left him physically and mentally immature. He implored Mrs Freda Dudley Ward to elope but she refused. Another mistress, Lady Thelma Furness, star of Hollywood's silent screen, introduced Edward to the domineering Wallis Simpson who insisted the impotent king seek psychiatric help. In order that Wallis could look like a queen the Duke of Windsor lavished her with jewels and forgave her infidelities in this most intriguing of all royal stories.
Gold Coast, Australia
What a poorly written, poorly edited piece of nonsense. I am quite sure Edward VII did not become king on the death of his father Prince Albert.... the typo's the rambling repetition of information (I won't use the word facts) was appalling. Wikipedia is not a real reliable resource for information. However, it was funny to see all of that in a published book. So, it did provide a certain amount of amusement. How it did get published though is quite incredible.
Enjoyed reading the book but, it would mainly appeal to history or royalty buffs. Wouldn't recommend for feminists or Gen X/Y females. When one takes a mistress, one creates a job opportunity!
Central Coast, NSW
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 1st November 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.65