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This is an auction for KING EDWARD VIII by Philip Ziegler.

"This is the official biography of Edward VIII. Philip Ziegler has had full access to all the papers in the Royal archives - crucial letters to and from Edward's mother, Queen Mary, and his brother George VI, as well as diaries and letters of others in the household are quoted here for the first time. From his childhood to his restless adolescence as Prince of Wales, from his first serious affair to his falling in love with Mrs Simpson - the background to the abdication is described in detail from the protagonists' own writings." review:

"FIVE STARS! Philip Ziegler has produced a well researched, balanced and very readable account of the life of the only king in modern British history to voluntarily renounce the throne. Edward was indulged yet had stern parents for whom duty was paramount. He emerges as spoilt, lazy, drunken and feckless, and at the same time charming, kind, generous to friends in financial trouble, physically brave and ultimately courageous in flying in the face of centuries of tradition in abandoning a court where importance is calibrated purely in terms of proximity to the throne. Edward emerges as a man who spent the first part of his life trying to get his mother's approval then spent the last 40 years reassuring himself that he had his wife's. The Royal family in the main emerge as somewhat petty in refusing the Duchess the style of Her Royal Highness. That said, on his abdication Edward lied to his brother the future king about his financial position so perhaps honours were even."

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Paperback 2012.

654 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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