Charles: Villain or Victim?

Overview

Charles, Prince of Wales, has long been the subject of intense scrutiny and speculation. Everyone assumes that they know the story of the Prince's life and his failed marriage to Diana. Diana herself told the world in no uncertain terms about her unhappiness with the British Royal Family, leaving no doubt as to whom she held responsible.

But Diana's version was only part of the story.

Penny Junor's new biography, Charles: Victim or Villain?, ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (64) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $3.96   
  • Used (59) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$3.96
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:

(949)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
1998-11-11 Hardcover New New Item. Item delivered via UPS in 7-9 business days. Tracking available by request Ships from US. Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery outside US.

Ships from: Appleton, WI

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$19.99
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(59)

Condition: New
1998 Hard cover First edition. First Edition Stated, First Printing New in new dust jacket. 304 p. Contains: Illustrations.

Ships from: Greenwood, IN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$23.99
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(29)

Condition: New
New Quality Books...Because We Care-Shipped from Canada. Usually ships within 1-2 business days. If you buy this book from us, we will donate a book to a local school. We donate ... 10, 000+ books to local schools every year. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Ottawa, Canada

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$30.00
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(99)

Condition: New
1998 Hard cover First edition. New in new dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 304 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. FIRST EDITION ... STATED THE BOOK AND THE JACKET ARE IN NEW CONDITION Read more Show Less

Ships from: Deland, FL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(149)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Charles, Prince of Wales, has long been the subject of intense scrutiny and speculation. Everyone assumes that they know the story of the Prince's life and his failed marriage to Diana. Diana herself told the world in no uncertain terms about her unhappiness with the British Royal Family, leaving no doubt as to whom she held responsible.

But Diana's version was only part of the story.

Penny Junor's new biography, Charles: Victim or Villain?, reveals the startling complexities and contradictions of a man born to a position of unique privilege. On the occasion of the Prince's fiftieth birthday it provides fresh perspective and entirely revolutionizes the way we think about Charles, his marriage and his mistress.

Drawing on the memories, experiences and observations of those closest to the Prince, the Princess and Camilla — some of whom have never spoken before — Penny Junor is in an unrivaled position to explode and explain the popular myths. Her analysis of the Prince's marriage to Diana, a vulnerable but difficult young woman, and his relationship with Camilla, earthy and independent, results in a provocative new portrait of the man who will be King.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060193867
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/11/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 12 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Lousy

    Bought this book at a garage sale for a whole quarter(way overpriced). GEE I wish I could get my money back for this lousy thing. Diana was and still is the main draw for interest in the royal family. Charles or Chuck as I call him is not an interesting character. Even his Dad has more reader appeal than Chuck does. But about the book ------ I don't think the writer presents any really strong arguments that would make people feel like jumping on the band wagon to support the Prince as a victim. I guess Chuck and his chee- zzzzzzzzzzzy cheerleaders are happy ------- finally. Now he has married the infamous Camilla and that is all Chuck and the cheezies cared about anyway.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006

    Totally Biased

    I checked this book out from the library just to 'see' what direction it would take. It has been on the shelf for a while. Not many vistors have borrowed this book, unlike some royal reading material. I was not surprised actually. Penny Junor is the talking head of the Prince's circle. It is a shame Ms. Junor would waste her writing skills on Prince Charles. Ms. Junor is totally biased in her approach to sympathy for Prince Charles. Since Ms. Junor is in the inner circle she would be aware that it was a powerful family that Diana married in to. Considering he never gave Camilla up, it makes one wonder just how much effort he really put into making his marriage work. Dividing his time between two women....Diana got the leftovers and not much of that. Despite Ms. Junor's attempts, I get the strong impression Charles is self-centered. It makes me wonder if Charles is working for or against the Monarchy.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2006

    'Doctor' Junor, I presume ????

    For Penny Junor to diagnosed Diana 'based' on her own personal research, then publishing her 'findings' is basically practicing medicine without a license. Any 'condition' Diana supposedly had, should have been determined by a licensed doctor. Certainly not a friend of Prince Charles and a fawning supporter of his cause. This alone raised my hackles. Not to mention Prince William's alleged comments to Junor that it is 'not Papa' that embarrasses me, it's Mummy.' Avoid this book like the plague.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Beyond Disappointing!

    It is my fault really. I hoped for a balanced account, but I should have known better. After all Penny Junor sports the Prince of Wales' brand. So silly me, I should known the book would tilt in the prince's favor. The book is in regards to the conflict Charles faced with too great loves: Diana and Camilla. But Charles has admitted he 'never loved' Diana and regarded her as a hired womb. Camilla was his great love, although no one can understand why. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip seem to have a better grasp of duty. Pity Charles is unwilling or unable to follow in their foot steps. I don't see much of a future of England's Monarchy after the Queen is dead. She has maintained a dignity and professinal demeanor that Charles wholly lacks. His unpopular public persona can only be blamed on the press by a small percentage the rest is his or his friends fault.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006

    A CAD!

    Charles should be ashamed of himself! But since it takes two to tango so Camilla should be flogged too. For Camilla to want her relationship with Charles to be accepted is too much. What gall!!!!! Their relationship is something that never should have happened but that it continued before, during and after Charles' marriage to Lady Diana is horrible. Queen Elizabeth should have nipped the relationship in the bud long ago. If other women in Charles' life could be given the royal chill when why couldn't Camilla be not welcomed into the royal circle. Private events with Charles was condoned by Elizbeth and her mother, Queen Elizabeth. Shocking, absolutely shocking! Diana on the other hand was kept at arms length. Diana behaved as any normal. healthy woman would have behaved under the circumstances. Diana just wanted her husband to be faithful and for that she was labelled as 'mad', 'mental ill' and suffering from a BPS. Charles will never be regarded as a dutiful man waiting to be king. His personal life has been a sham. If he can't manage his personal life how can he manage a kingdom? A bitter climax to this royal saga is Charles' mariage to Camilla. To anyone else but not Camilla. The woman who caused all the trouble in the Wales' marriage. That she should one day be Queen is a gross mis-carriage of justice. Life is so unfair.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2006

    Text is out-of-date and out-to-lunch

    This book should be pulled from the shelves. It is so out-of-date and out to lunch. Since this book was written, he married his mistress Camilla Parker-Bowles. I'm amused by this marriage. Forgive me, but wasn't it Charles' inner circle and Buckingham Palace courtiers who had been stating for years that a woman named 'Camilla Parker-Bowles' only existed in Diana's 'sick' little mind. The Princess of Wales was accused of being in the 'advanced stages of paranoia'! So how is it possible for Charles to marry a woman who is not flesh and blood. A woman who does not exist? Charles has bemoaned his fate for years. Plus he is depressed because his duty to the country is overshadowed by his personal life. Part of that duty was to marry and produce an heir, but also to put duty about everything else--even ones own happiness. Wasn't Diana subjected to royal venom by the royal pit vipers for daring to put personal happiness above duty? Isn't sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander? Apparently not! That helps explain why Diana's involvement with a biography and her TV interview was received by the royal circles as 'unforgiveable' but Charles on the other hand could do a TV interview and cooperate with numerous books showing his side of his marriage. His conduct on the other hand is regarded as 'acceptable' by royal standards. Isn't it about time Charles' supporters gave up?

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2006

    Charles: Cad of the Century

    This book is an insult to my intelligence. To even ask if Charles is a victim is incredible. The royal family was numbingly boring before Diana. She was the jewel in the crown of the monarchy. If anyone doubts this, let him or her take note of the popularity of Diana on walk-abouts and such. Who was it the crowds turned out to see? Who's picture on the cover of magazines ensured a sell-out? Who are the most popular books written about? Now Diana is dead, her legacy continues to outshine the other royals. Anyone who was a loyal fan of Diana will continue to be so. Look at Elvis? or Marilyn Monroe! They have been dead for years but they are still remembered and loved. Diana is the same. She touched people's hearts in a way no one in the royal family or their supporters can comprehend. That fact ensures she can not be minimized, ignored or forgotten. As much as they would like to decredit Diana, Princess of Wales or banish her from history. They can't shut her out of the hearts and minds of the common people all over the world. Charles' treatment of her is unforgivable. I will never forgive him for marrying Camilla! The woman who must share 50-50 blame with Charles for his cruel treatment of Diana. If there is one thing Diana did was expose the royals for what they are. Hopelessly out of touch, self-indulgent, and a financial drain on the working class of England. England should abolish the monarchy! Then Charles can never be crowned king.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2006

    No Sympathy For Charles

    I must give Penny Junor an 'E' for effort. It is not easy to repair broken pottery and try to varnish over the cracks so nothing shows. That is how I view Charles' image---broken pottery. Unfortunately Charles is beyond repair. No one I know views Charles as the victim in his marriage. He is a cad! Pure and simple.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2005

    Bad Boy Charles

    It is impossible for me to view Charles as a victim. A victim of what? Everything that happened in reference to his relationship with Camilla was well within his control. Charles made a mental decision to continue seeing Camilla even after he was married. It has been widely claimed that Charles was unable to love Diana because of his cold mother and domineering father. That he simply does not know how to love! Well if that's true, then why hasn't those factors been a handicap in his relationship with Camilla? He has no problems loving Camilla. I smell a rat! Next, there is his back ground, which includes college education, world traveler, diplomat, women, etc. What was Diana? A very young, and innocent girl with barely a high school education. Diana was basically aware of the move to get Charles married and produce heirs. She simply did not know the royal score or the so-called royal ground rules that said it was Okay for Charles to cheat. How can anyone say Charles 'tried to make his marriage work' when he came into his marriage with a (married woman) girlfriend on his arm. Diana did not have a chance. The poor girl was used! When the royal machine find out she would not accept a threesome marriage, her character was attacked. She was accused of being paranoid, unbalance and dangerous. All because she told the world the truth about Camilla and her husband. Lastly, I have problems with Charles' close inner circle talking to the press. I thought 'mum' was the word and anyone who talked to the press was booted out o the royal circle. But it seems Charles' friends can talk(without) Charles' blessings and still enjoy a friendship. His circle keeps tripping over their own lies.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    ANOTHER FEEBLE ATTEMPT TO REPAIR CHARLES' PUBLIC IMAGE

    I was told by a friend to read this book from our local library. She had read it also and wanted my take on it as well. The theme seems to be that Princess Diana was a 'mental case' and the author sets out to 'prove' this allegation. It is obviously an attempt to repair Charles' image. Why is it always Charles' friends or supporters who write the favorable books about him? I for one think Charles' image is beyond repair.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    Victim?.....That's Laughable!

    From the moment I learnt Charles was seeing another woman, I lost all respect for him. We are lead to believe from this book that Charles is a serious and dedicated man. Someone who has preformed his duties faithfully. Well what about his duty to his wife and being faithful to her? Marriage vows state 'foresaking all others...' Princess Diana is portrayed as a mental case simply because she wanted her husband to be faithful. It is laughable that Charles and his 'friends' could honestly believe he was the victim in his marriage. This novel belongs in the comic or fiction section.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2004

    Charles A Victim? No Way!!!!!!

    I would hardly consider Penny Junor to be an objective author. She enjoys being in Charles' circle of 'close' friends. As all her pro-Charles books and interviews prove. It also explains why she is so anti-Diana. From the beginning in his relationship with Diana, Charles knew his duty. He was raised from birth to be the King of England and while waiting he knew certain duties were required of him. Part of his duties were to marry and produce an heir, and give England a Queen when he ascended the throne. He was also twelve years older than Diana. All these facts made him more accountable in the overall failure of his marriage. The core of their marriage problems centered on Camilla, and Charles' refusal to be faithful to his wife. It is a shame he did not appreciate her youth, beauty, her dedication to duty, and the world-wide glamour boost she gave to a boring royal family. He blamed her for the media attention concerning her clothes, makeup and hair style even at the beginning. How unfair. Regardless of Diana's performance, she was un-appreciated by the royals and especially by her husband.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 12 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)