The King and Mrs. Simpson: The True Story of the Commoner Who Captured the Heart of a King

The King and Mrs. Simpson: The True Story of the Commoner Who Captured the Heart of a King


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ISBN-13: 9780979178399
Publisher: W.S. Beetle & Company
Publication date: 09/09/2018
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.31(d)

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The King and Mrs. Simpson: The True Story of the Commoner Who Captured the Heart of a King 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
kayJ More than 1 year ago
The title of the book and the notation that it is a "Beach History": A snapshot of the past makes this tiny book a quick and easy read. The history of Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson is taken from detailed researched biographies and memoirs and put in this little book like newspaper clippings. I loved that you are able to read each section and get an idea of the history of each person and the love story unfolding.
I really liked this short writing style but I will probably search out more on this royal family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in the Duke and Duchess of Windsor or in the British Royal Family. It is a wonderful introduction to the love story of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and is an easy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The King & Mrs. Simpson' is a joy to read. It is small and the short chapters get to the point so the reader is not overwhelmed by boring historical details. It reads like a love story but is not historical fiction. My sister read it on the beach in just a few hours too.
ReadersFavorite4 13 days ago
Reviewed by Tracy Young for Readers' Favorite Wallis Simpson was an American socialite who grew up in Baltimore and for much of her early life she relied on others for support. Her father died following her birth and she and her mother relied on the kindness of their wealthier family members. Her first marriage to a naval officer named Earl Spencer was at the age of 20 and was not a happy union. Her husband was a heavy drinker and Wallis was unable to cope with his violent outbursts and abusive behavior. The marriage ended in divorce, much to the consternation of her family, and she was left to fend for herself. Her second marriage to Ernest Simpson was much more a suitable match and although Wallis was lonely in London she soon began socializing with a vengeance. The King and Mrs. Simpson by Erin Schulz is the story of the abdication that shook the British nation to its core in 1936. It is different from other accounts in that it tells the story of the people involved from their point of view. When Mrs. Simpson met the future king of England, he was a charismatic character that loved women and enjoyed a robust social life. Nobody could have foreseen the events that would follow or the devastating effects that love could cause. In modern days as we observe the acceptance of an American divorced actress into the Royal family, it can seem strange to comprehend what happened when the king wanted to marry for love. Mrs. Simpson has been portrayed as a heartless gold-digger that yearned to become queen. The truth is quite different. She had no wish to reign in England or adopt a Royal title. The King and Mrs. Simpson by Erin Schulz tells the tale of a couple who just wanted to be together. It also tells us that Mrs. Simpson was also willing to walk away to save her lover's position, but it was the king who was determined to stick to his guns. History has not been kind to the couple, but this book helps us understand the human aspect. A love story is compelling, and this is surely one of the best love stories ever.
ReadersFavorite3 13 days ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The King and Mrs. Simpson is a work of biographical non-fiction penned by author Erin Schulz, and narrated in audiobook format by Jill Rolls. This short but poignant account records, in its own words: ‘The True Story of the Commoner Who Captured The Heart of A King’. One of the greatest scandals of the early twentieth century, this novella-sized work creatively retells the shocking abdication of British King Edward VIII when he openly decided he would rather marry American divorcee and socialite Wallis Simpson than rule his country. Told from their perspective with a sympathetic and romantic tone, the story recounts the six years in which this couple met and eventually led to shocking the whole world. Part biography and part creative non-fiction, author Erin Schulz really knows how to bring history to life whilst maintaining her authority and strong research skills as a biographer. This book really had me gripped from the start because of its glorious descriptions of palaces and the swanky parties and locations where Wallis and the king lived and socialized. It sounded like a really interesting museum guide, with a well constructed plot and a fully realized sense of character. Overall, The King and Mrs. Simpson is a beautiful retelling of one of the world’s biggest love stories. In terms of audiobook quality, Jill Rolls narrates the tale with a clear and compassionate tone. She sounds very formal and British, which suits the royal tone of the piece, bringing the settings to life with great authority. The audio quality and editing were also excellent.
ReadersFavorite2 13 days ago
Reviewed by Geree McDermott for Readers' Favorite If you are looking for a great book that is historically and scandalously true , look no further. The King and Mrs. Simpson: The True Story of the Commoner Who Captured The Heart of A King by Erin Schulz is a captivating historical account about the love affair that shook Britain and startled the world. Although this book is novella length, it seems longer because the in-depth perspective demands our attention, or should I say our enthrallment. In The King and Mrs. Simpson, Erin Schulz examines the politics that surrounded the affections the king felt for Mrs. Simpson. While WWII loomed in the future, Britain focused on the royal family and the horror of the king marrying a commoner. Erin Schultz skillfully intertwines the complexities of the love affair between American and twice divorced Mrs. Simpson and the king of England and answers the question, 'why couldn't the king marry whomever he chose since he was king '. Erin Schulz does a masterful job telling the story about the abdication of the king. Surprising facts surface throughout The King and Mrs. Simpson. For example, as a San Diegan, I was interested to learn that Mrs. Simpson had at one time called San Diego her home. I was also surprised to learn how determined the king was to marry her, no matter how those around him advised him against it or how many times she tried to talk him out of it. It is a story I could not stop reading, and I expect you will experience the same fascination. This book deserves the highest rating of five stars.
ReadersFavorite1 13 days ago
Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite It was December 1936 when the United Kingdom and Commonwealth were told their king, Edward VIII, would be sacrificing the throne for love. But what were the events that were responsible for him making such a difficult choice? From a young age, Edward was prepared for the role of monarch. As Edward is crowned, little does he realize that a social gathering in England would end his reign six years later. Follow the events which led to the union and subsequent marriage of American divorcee Wallis Simpson to the king of England. With testimonies from Edward's and Wallis’s biographies, this story will lift the lid on the truth behind the famous headlines. As Edward battles with the royal court, parliament and family members to marry the woman he loves, Wallis becomes the focus of hatred. The entire establishment is in crisis when a king chooses love over duty in The King and Mrs. Simpson by Erin Schulz. This well-researched book takes a refreshing perspective at a much-publicized historical event. I love the flowing style in which the author has written this story; it draws you into the lives of Wallis and Edward almost immediately. I thought I knew a great deal already about this famous time in British history. However, the details documented throughout delve behind the headlines and reveal shocking truths that are little known. The author has covered this subject with sensitivity and added great detail to the events of the time. I believe The King and Mrs. Simpson by Erin Schulz shines a light on the true personality of Wallis, her childhood, background and troubled marriage. I can now understand why Edward fell in love with her and sacrificed everything. It was such a refreshing change to read a positive angle on such a well-known story. The revelations regarding Queen Mary and Churchill's involvement and the little-known events leading to the onset of WW2 took me by surprise. This emotional account of a true love story is highly recommended for anyone who loves to learn about all viewpoints of historical events.
ReadersFavorite 13 days ago
Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite The story of the original Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII, is one of utmost love and devotion. It is a story filled with tragedy and yet, with a strong desire never to give up what is most important in life; love. For King Edward VIII, the love and dedication that he had for his country and everything that it desired of him was important, but there was nothing more important than the love he had for Wallis. For her, he was willing to do whatever it took, and she was willing to do anything she could for him as well. But could either of them truly be happy if the king chose to remain as such? Or if she chose to remain in her marriage? The King and Mrs. Simpson by Erin Schulz is where you’ll see the true meaning of love and a willingness to give up all. This is a story that’s going to make you think again about what love really means. Being willing to give up everything for someone else is one thing, but actually giving it up, especially when what you have to give up is worth so much, can be a different thing altogether. For King Edward VIII, he had more to give up than anyone, but he had such a strong love for Wallis that he was willing and actually did give up the throne. This is their story and it is one where each tries to sacrifice for the other. It’s a story of love, sacrifice, devotion and definitely destiny, but also of proving to the world that nothing is stronger than all of these things in The King and Mrs. Simpson by Erin Schulz.
lecari on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I found this a very enjoyable read and a great introduction into the story of Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson's relationship. I didn't know anything about them both previously. This is more of an introduction due to it's length, and it doesn't go into great depth. There is a notes section at the back which gives her sources and other books to read, which I found very helpful as this just wet my appetite.I found the layout a little annoying though; there are very few full pages of text, as she has tried to split everything into 'sections' covering different areas/aspects (unheaded). I thought it was to make it easier to read, but a lot of the time I didn't understand why when the sections were closely related. Surely paragraphs serve this purpose better than page breaks?I also would have liked a bit more information on their married life together - a sort of epilogue.Overall I think that Erin has done a great job and has set out to do what she intended - a light, short read to get people interested in the topic. If you want to find out about Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, this is definitely a great start.
pholewa on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This small book offers a glimpse into British Royal life and the relationship between King Edward VIII and American Wallis Simpson during 1930s England. While the book provides an introduction to the affair it left me wanting to know how their lives evolved after the abdication of the throne. Not satisfying..Very disappointing.
mhleigh on LibraryThing 7 months ago
In 1936, the extremely popular King Edward VIII abdicates the British throne. He does so because the government cannot reconcile the twice-divorced middle class American, Wallis Simpson, with the royal family. Even though the couple is willing to consider an arrangement that would allow Edward to marry with Wallis giving up any claim to his property or the title of queen, the government also declines to give their approve to this arrangement. While disaster looms on the European horizon, Edward finds himself forced to choose between the love of his life and the position of king.Quote: ¿She had even scrawled the phrase, `under no circumstances was Mr. James to step down.¿ Wallis began to panic.¿This work is self-proclaimed ¿beach history.¿ The idea is that of a nonfiction work being made more accessible to the public as a whole. The result, however, is too dry for a pleasure read about forbidden love and too short and lacking in details to be satisfying to a lover of history. The book is very brief ¿ of the 136 pages, the majority are not even full pages. The information is given in very short segments, just half a page to a page and a half, which makes the read extremely stilted. Between quotes taken directly from the memoirs of Wallis and Edward are short narratives ¿ but with two different passages were twice repeated word-for-word a mere thirty some odd pages apart. I can see occasionally employing this as a device to increase a passage¿s impact, but not when just a few dozen half pages separate them! The purpose of the book may be to give the average reader a glimpse of the love story between the king and Mrs. Simpson so the reader can pick up another source for more information, but just skip that step and pick a different source the first time around.
mgaulding on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Erin Frances Schulz, in her debut book, which is the beginning of an expected ¿BEACH HISTORY: A Snapshot of the Past¿ series of books, does a completely entertaining and interesting job of recounting the story of Wallis and Edward, through the abdication. That is no small task.Ms. Schulz does an excellent job in balancing historical fact with emotional tone. One would hope for that talent in what is essentially a very high level overview of the abdication. In lesser hands, this book might bore to tears which would defeat it¿s author¿s intended purpose: to introduce history to readers who would not otherwise read biographies or historical books.Society members are probably the best litmus test for the efficacy or veracity of any writings related to WE. Like most members, I¿ve read just about everything that has been written by or about the couple. And yet, I found this to be a thoroughly captivating overview of their epic story that was a pleasure to read.There are two important things that members should note about this book: The first, is that the author has written the book based upon the Windsor¿s autobiographies, A King¿s Story and The Heart Has Reasons as the fundamental basis for the narrative. The author¿s notes at the end of the book are quite specific about this: ¿Note on the sources: the use of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor¿s memoirs as primary sources was intentional. The King and Mrs. Simpson, although researched extensively, is meant to be the story as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor wanted it be told.¿I find the sentence above quite remarkable. Why should the abdication be told by any other authority than the two most principle individuals involved? Why would Stanley Baldwin¿s account, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother¿s account, Queen Mary¿s wishes supersede that of the two principle figures in this amazing drama?Which leads me to my second point: This is not meant to be the new, defining book about the Windsors and the abdication. This book will hopefully introduce new generations who wouldn¿t normally learn about this story, which in my opinion, happens to be one of the most important events in the twenthieth century as it was a catalyst for so much modern history subsequently.Given Ms. Schulz objective which is to educate new readers to history, she makes a brilliant debut with this first book. The vibrancy of the Windsor story never seems to lose it¿s sheen. This is a perfectly enjoyable and nostalgic look for the true Windsor-phile. And even the most jaded of readers, I include myself as such, will find this to be a refreshing and, most of all, promising, book about a story that should not be forgotten. I hope Windsor-philes will do everything you can to help to get this book noticed. If you are a member of a reading club this would make an excellent reading title. You might give this book to all your friends as holiday gifts (In The Mitford Sisters Letters I read that the Windsors gave all of their friends Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford for Christmas one year). Or, you might suggest to have the author come visit your local book or library. Why? Because Ms. Schulz and her book have the same mission as this Society and this book just might introduce the Wallis and Edward story to generations now and in the future. Which might, like me, or currently, Madonna, send the reader off on a mission to read every book about the Windsors.
soliloquies on LibraryThing 7 months ago
`The King and Mrs Simpson¿ is being marketed as a "beach history" where you can gain the key facts without having to read a traditional biography. The book is presented in a series of paragraphs, with the viewpoint swapping between Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII. The writing style is simplistic, which makes it an extremely quick read.It was interesting to see the love story brought to the forefront, something which tends to be lost when events of their relationship are recounted. Yet, I struggled to engage with the personalities of the couple (as documented within the book) and to see why they fell so deeply in love.The author stated in the `author notes¿ that it wasn¿t ¿an analysis of the abdication crisis¿¿, and I didn¿t expect that. However, a paragraph explaining the why the head of the Church of England couldn¿t be seen to marry a divorcee would have been useful ¿ the religious element was almost ignored and yet it was crucial at the time of the events.If you knew absolutely nothing about Edward and Mrs Simpson then you could read the book and learn something. But this was a book which was ultimately disappointing to me - for it¿s brevity and writing style.
TX1955 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
After reading the author's intention for the book to be a brief read that was based on a "narrative history" I sat down to read. Having read numerous books on the Windors I was intrigued by the author's concept and I found the book to meet the author's goals as it was not weighted down with mundane details. I was a little disappointed that the book did not have but one photograph. It would have been an added touch to have seen some pictures of the other people mentioned. The concept of a love story and an historical story mixed together was a perfect blend that kept you interested from the first word. You could feel the heartache that both the King and Mrs. Simpson were going through during the abdication crisis. I will look forward to more works by Erin Frances Schulz.
riverwillow on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is primarily aimed at readers who want a `snapshot of history¿ and I can see that this book would be extremely attractive to a reader who wanted to learn a little about Edward and Mrs Simpson as it is an extremely fast and, as it focuses in on the love story, rather than the politics, accessible read. But, for a book written by someone who has a baccalaureate in history and a postgraduate degree in International Relations, there are some astounding errors. Particularly annoying to a British reader is the writer¿s use of `England¿ when she means `Britain¿ or the `UK¿, as in `France and England divided the Middle East between them¿ and when it is implied that following the accession Edward¿s official title was `King of England and the Dominions beyond¿. Whilst I agree with the reviewer who seems to be a member of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor Society, that this is a story that should be told, as it still has resonance today, this is sadly not a book I can recommend to newcomers to the story, as the inaccuracies combined with the simplistic prose make what should be an epic and engaging read, flat and uninspiring.
banouska on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I loved this book. I actually read it twice! Usually in a bookstore I don't even look at the other history books. My friend told me to read this one because I love all royalty topics. I really really liked this book. It read like a screenplay and I could imagine the scenes as though they were being filmed. With other history books I have tried to read I feel my mind drifting away from the subject. But this one has short chapters that the author says on her Amazon blog were 'intentional'. It worked for me. This was the first time I ever read an account of a war and didn't get massively confused. The story of the Windsor was like a fairy tale and the author did a really good job keeping it fast. I think anyone who likes fiction and royalty would enjoy this book!
Kasthu on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The King and Mrs. Simpson is the story of one of the 20th century¿s greatest love stories¿a prince¿s abdication of the English throne in favor of marriage to an American divorcee.This short book opens in 1936 on the eve of the abdication, and jumps back in time to certain events in Edward and Wallis¿s pasts. Although this book had promise, it fell short of my expectations. The prose is over-simplistic, written like a high schooler¿s history paper, and the chapters aren¿t really chapters, just floating paragraphs that get their own pages. I understand that Schulz is trying to present the material in a way that will interest people new to the story of the Windsors, and that this book is not in any way a definitive biography of them, but I thought that she talked down to her reader a little bit, and that was a major turn-off for me. In addition, I was dismayed to find that there¿s only one reproduction of a photograph of Wallis and Edward in this book.That said, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the story itself, and I liked how the author tied the story of Edward and Wallis back in to the larger events of the period. Since Schulz bases her facts and dialogue on the memoirs of Edward and Wallis (or WE, as they called themselves), she tells the story from the point of view of the couple. It¿s a highly romanticized view, yes, but enjoyable nonetheless. This is the kind of book I¿d recommend to people who are new to the story of the Windsors, but not to hardcore Anglophiles like myself.
reader247 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I really like the idea of a "beach history": A snapshot of the past as this book is called. The story of King Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson is told in little short snippets that are almost like reading a collection of newspaper clippings. The snippets reveal the story of their lives up to the time of the Kings abducation from the throne so that he could marry his love. Even in the short chapters you can get a feel of the love story and the struggle that went on between them and the people trying to keep them apart. I really liked this story but I also want to know more.
eleanorsread on LibraryThing 7 months ago
History, as it is taught in most of our schools, is an exhaustive myriad of dates, names and events, and then, sadly, the events to be forever forgotten by 90% of our students. When all that is happening today and all that will shape our future is directly related to our past, the subject of "history" is unfortunately still dull and uninspiring to most. I am 60 years old and still trying to find a history book that isn't a prescription sleep aid replacement. I get Ms. Schulz¿s mission and what she has successfully accomplished in this little gem that she calls ¿Beach History¿. I am not a writer nor an educator, but I can appreciate how monumental a task it must be to recreate an historical event in 160 pages and keep it interesting and entertaining to the new student of history.. I took this book with me on a two hour flight and couldn't put it down once I started reading. At last!.. a book of historical fact that ties in people,places and dates while making for a very enjoyable read.As a child, I had heard about the abdication of King Edward VIII in order to marry a commoner, Wallis Simpson, but knew absolutely nothing more than just that. Ms. Schulz took me on a romantic journey into the lives of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, while giving me insight into British society in the 1930's and providing a real connection to events taking place around the globe, events that have influenced the world we live in today.I loved the layout of the book, with its short chapters and crisp, clean sentences; it gets you where you want to be quickly, and that is, captivated by the people and the story. I would have enjoyed seeing more pictures of Wallis and Edward, but I realize that ¿The King and Mrs. Simpson¿ is not a picture book so I went right to the Internet, where I found many pictures to view. If you are a hard core historian, or even a history buff, this book is not for you. But, if you are a novice like me, you are sure to love it. I can picture this book on the summer reading list for the high school or college student, or just great beach reading for everyone. Ms. Schulz has motivated me to find out more about the Windsors, and to try to read more biographies and historical books. I am anxiously awaiting her next in the Beach History series.
ReadingQueen12-17 More than 1 year ago
Where were you when this book was getting published?!?! This thing read like a 6th grade report paper that the author was forced to write. Conjunctions: I must have missed the memo stating the use of the word "and" became passé but honestly, this author was positively resistant to it! In fact, I would venture to say the love between King Edward and Wallis was nothing compared to the adulation between this author and the word "also". Instead of just saying, "Wallis was fearful for her life AND the future of the King's thrown," every sentence read, "Wallis was fearful for her life BUT ALSO the future of the King's thrown." Oh my god. Length: I'm almost embarrassed to count this book towards my year end "total books read" goal because if it was printed and bound like a normal manuscript, it would really be considered as more of a pamphlet. Shulz is another example of an author who has fallen victim to their own melodrama. Whereas others abuse the use of italics to make mundane actions seem vitally important (ie, Dan Brown), Shulz absolutely destroys the purpose of a cliff hanger. I am not kidding when I say there are some pages in this book that only have like 4 sentences on them and the rest of the page is left completely blank. Now what each of these pages all have in common is the last sentence of the puny paragraph is intended to be some sort of "oh my god, what's going to happen next"-type statement. "Wallis kissed the king goodbye and got into the car headed to.FRANCE". Ok, so what. Why do I have to turn the page to find out her boat ride across the channel went off without a glitch? It's just a tremendous waste of paper and like I said, if it had been properly condensed when printed, the whole thing would be about 20 pages. In fact, this review is about as long as the book could have been. Oh well.on to the next read.