The Royal W.E. Unique Glimpses of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor [NOOK Book]

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Most people think they know the story of King Edward VIII giving up his throne for the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson, in 1936. The truth is: politics and innuendo clouded that story from the very beginning, with the result that few people really understand who The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were and what forces propelled them to their infamous fate.

The Royal W.E. examines the individual and intertwined lives of Wallis and Edward – or ...
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The Royal W.E. Unique Glimpses of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor

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Overview

Most people think they know the story of King Edward VIII giving up his throne for the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson, in 1936. The truth is: politics and innuendo clouded that story from the very beginning, with the result that few people really understand who The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were and what forces propelled them to their infamous fate.

The Royal W.E. examines the individual and intertwined lives of Wallis and Edward – or “W.E.” as they referred to themselves – and provides readers with unique glimpses of the real people, as opposed to the sensationalized characters, that were The Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Through careful study of more than 75 years of rhetoric and scholarship, Victoria Martínez takes on the most controversial charges lodged against the couple (Was Wallis a hermaphrodite? Were the Duke and Duchess Nazi sympathizers?) with candor and evenhandedness. In analyzing the early lives of Wallis and the ex-king and their later relationships with other members of the Royal Family, her approach is to deal with all parties as human beings, whose true faults – though significant – were far less sinister than history has led us to believe. Ms. Martínez also addresses the ever-popular subject of the Duchess’s jewels, including new research on the famous 1946 Ednam Lodge jewel heist to dispel the long-held rumors that the Duke and Duchess committed jewel theft and insurance fraud.

The subjects in this book are not always mainstream, well-known, or even consistent with “popular” opinion, and the objective is not to make anyone “like” the couple. Instead, readers will find refreshingly honest and accurate portrayals of W.E. that will help them understand the real people behind the myth and hype.
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Greg King
“Prejudice and preconception are difficult things to set aside, particularly after so many years of negative stories and sordid rumor, but I think readers here will discover an alternative and convincing look at the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. I am sure they would approve and perhaps, just perhaps, the future may be a little bit kinder to Edward and Wallis because of the efforts of people like Ms. Martínez.” -Greg King, author of The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life o
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012812179
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 300,180
  • File size: 472 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    so-so

    This "book" was actually a collection of the authors bolgs, something that I can get off the internet without charge. It was interesting but not enough to pay for any of her work again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Interesting angles!

    Found the theories, investigation & angles proposed by Ms. Martinez to be a very good read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Recommend

    Nicely done

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