And Different, This Is An Enjoyable Study Of A Flawed Yet Characterful Prince Of Wales Seen Through The Eyes Of The Women In His Life Edward Vll, Who Gave His Name To The Edwardian Age And Died In , Was King Of England For The Final Years Of His Life He Was When At Last He Came To The Throne Known As Bertie, The Eldest Son Of Victoria And Albert, He Was Bullied By Both His Parents Although Bertie Was Heir To The Throne, Victoria Refused To ¼ Bertie: A Life of Edward VII Å Download by ↠´ Jane Ridley Give Him Any Proper Responsibilities, As A Result Of Which He Spent His Time Eating, Betting, And Womanising Bertie S Numerous Mistresses Included The Society Hostess Daisy Brook Babbling Brook , Lillie Langtry And Alice Keppel When Bertie Finally Became King, He Did A Good Job, Especially In Foreign Policy This Colourful Book Gives Bertie Due Credit, While Painting A Vivid Portrait Of The Age In All Its Excess And Eccentricity, Hypocrisy And Heartbreak º Bertie: A Life of Edward VII ä There have been many biographies and memoirs of Edward VII I now have 15 of them ,ranging from the sanitized two volume work by Sir Sidney Lee from whom much important information was withheld through to the admirable book by Sir Philip Magnus and even better publications by Christopher Hibbert and Giles St. Aubyn Bertie by Jane Ridley had a long gestation period but it has been well worth the wait The style is clear, often witty,and the contents highly informative, contradicting long held beliefs about certain aspects of Bertie s life the truth about the cause of his cancellation of the Coronation being one, and making clear the background to some of his forays into foreign policy which have been fudged or misunderstood by earlier commentators. One feels quite sorry for the way his mother misunderstood and under rated him, and joyous at how he proved he I enjoy biography and would not otherwise have read Bertie but it is rare to be quite so impressed This long book is a page turner The research is meticulous The tone is even, the style highly readable, even though the author enjoys the occasional erudite phrase. Poule de luxe stays in the mind top class hooker I was spellbound by the account of Queen Victoria s family life, and the undermining treatment meted out to Bertie as a boy and teenager The young Prince of Wales was selfish and capable of shocking cruelty, but matured into a far kinder and much thoughtful person, and an impressive King, trying his best to keep Europe at peace His wife Alix Queen Alexandra emerges as a sphinx, endlessly supportive and indeed loving to her constantly unfaithful husband, spookily younger than her daughters in all the family photos B The Edwardian era is named after him, but apart from that history has generally not given king Edward 7 the credit he deserves He has often been portrayed as a scandal prone womanizing gluttonous bounder There is no denying he had affairs and enjoyed a good multi course dinner and only avoided major legal embarassements due to his position He did however also make important contributions to European history and British foreign policy during his short reign, and as this biography shows he was actually an intelligent and likeable character Well written and researched, this biography is good value for Money and bertie is quite good Company if you like biographies. So informativre, I did not want it to end First read from Jane Ridley, will definately be reading of her books, loved her style of writing I know Bertie had so many affairs, but you could not help but have some affection for him, well at least I did It is unfortunate his reign as King was so short, one derives the impression he enjoyed the position and life in general Great pity Queen Victoria had little faith in his ability to reign, otherwise she may have abdicated and allowed him to rule much earlier Do read it. I m still in the early chapters but already this excellent work earns five stars Meticulously researched and written in a balanced and entertaining way, it is engrossing I see the monarchy as an anachronism and sometimes despair of the sycophantic way so may respond in the UK so I came to this with that mentality While much of the evidence so far confirms my view that a sterile lack of love and emotion seems to run through the monarchy, the author also gives key insights to provide some balance Thoroughly recommended whatever your stance is on monarchy.
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