Edward VII: The Last Victorian King [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Edward VII: The Last Victorian King

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Overview


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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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230610750
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/12/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 353,725
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


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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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Author's Note and Acknowledgements     xi
List of Illustrations     xiv
Prince of Wales, 1841-1901
'Poor Bertie'     3
'A Private Student'     19
The Suitor     36
The Bridegroom     50
Marlborough House and Sandringham     67
A Troubled Family     81
Rounds of Pleasure     93
The Prince Under Fire     107
A Passage to India     129
Exclusion     140
'Other Ladies'     153
'Inconvenient' Friends and 'Ill-bred' Children     174
King, 1901-1910
King of the Castle     191
The King at Work     205
The King at Home     221
The King Abroad     236
L'Oncle de l'Europe     249
The King and the Kaiser     265
The Final Months     280
Drawn Blinds     297
Reference Notes     306
Bibliography     320
Index     326
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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    The Edwardian Era and its King

    Any one interested in wanting to understand the time period before WW1, this is must read. Edward VII established the Edwardian Era and with it, its morals, behavior, and attitudes. Christopher Hibbert is able to get across to the reader the essence of the times and Edward's life w/o bogging the reader down in useless details.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Same content as an earlier bio of Edward VII

    If Barnes & Noble accepted Nook Book returns, I would have returned this book, I felt like I was rereading the 1964 Philip Magnus biography of Edward VII, if you have read another biography of Edward VII. especially the excellent Philip Magnus "Edward VII" do not waste your time or money.

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