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Duchess of Windsor
     

Duchess of Windsor

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by Michael Bloch
 

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Authored by a member of her last legal team, this is the most lavishly illustrated and thoroughly documented biography of the Duchess of Windsor ever written. Published on the 100th anniversary of her birth, The Duchess of Windsor has already been greeted with intense publicity in London for its frank and controversial revelations about the Duchess's mysterious past

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Authored by a member of her last legal team, this is the most lavishly illustrated and thoroughly documented biography of the Duchess of Windsor ever written. Published on the 100th anniversary of her birth, The Duchess of Windsor has already been greeted with intense publicity in London for its frank and controversial revelations about the Duchess's mysterious past and the peculiar nature of the Windsors' personal relationship. 150 photos, 50 in color.

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An empty account of an empty life, buoyed largely by speculation that Bessie Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson, the duchess of Windsor, although thrice married, was a virgin when she died.

Drawing on the correspondence between the duke and duchess and many of the sources that supported his earlier works about the Windsors, the author (The Secret File of the Duke of Windsor, 1969, etc.) tries to define the woman who moved the king of England to give up his throne. Beginning at the beginning, Bloch speculates that Wallis Warfield's birth to a socially prominent family was not registered because of "gender confusion" resulting from genital flaws. As she grew up, according to the author, she developed "a decidedly masculine appearance" and "a bossy personality." Be that as it may, she made her Baltimore debut with a thoroughly feminine demeanor and married a thoroughly domineering, heavy- drinking male, E. Winfield Spencer Jr. The marriage lasted five years, after which she traveled in Europe and China, where she was rumored to have picked up sexual "arts." In London with her second husband, Ernest Simpson, she launched a social climb that led to her romance with the man who would become King Edward VIII. She, willing to be mistress or morganatic wife, protested mightily when the king planned to abdicate in order to marry her. She predicted rightly that she would be the target of England's disappointment. Spending the rest of her life successfully insuring that the former monarch would never regret his decision, her households, her wardrobe, her parties, and her persona were never less than perfect.

Is the throne of England worth a lifetime with a woman renowned for her perfect grooming? Did her alleged masculinity appeal to the duke's rumored homosexual leanings? This book—in prose as flat as the duchess's chest—doesn't begin to probe those questions or convince the reader of her vaunted charm and wit.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312151157
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.08(w) x 10.13(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1953, Michael Bloch read law at St John's College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar by Inner Temple. He worked for Ma??tre Suzanne Blum, the Paris lawyer of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and wrote six books about the couple. He edited the diaries of James Lees-Milne, the National Trust's rescuer of country houses, and wrote his biography. His other biographical subjects include Hitler's Foreign Minister, Ribbentrop, and Frederick Matthias Alexander, founder of the Alexander technique.

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Duchess of Windsor 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of two narcissists who deserved each other . Truly a useless pair ofpeople.