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The heir apparent : a life of Edward VII, the playboy prince, Jane Ridley

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The heir apparent : a life of Edward VII, the playboy prince
Title
The heir apparent
Title remainder
a life of Edward VII, the playboy prince
Statement of responsibility
Jane Ridley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Born Prince Albert Edward, and known to familiars as "Bertie," the future King Edward VII had a well-earned reputation for debauchery. A notorious gambler, glutton, and womanizer, he preferred the company of wastrels and courtesans to the dreary life of the Victorian court. His own mother considered him a lazy halfwit, temperamentally unfit to succeed her. When he ascended to the throne in 1901, at age fifty-nine, expectations were low. Yet by the time he died nine years later, he had proven himself a deft diplomat, hardworking head of state, and the architect of Britain's modern constitutional monarchy. Jane Ridley's colorful biography rescues the man once derided as "Edward the Caresser" from the clutches of his historical detractors. Excerpts from letters and diaries shed new light on Bertie's long power struggle with Queen Victoria, illuminating one of the most emotionally fraught mother-son relationships in history. Considerable attention is paid to King Edward's campaign of personal diplomacy abroad and his efforts to reform the political system at home. Separating truth from legend, Ridley also explores Bertie's relationships with the women in his life. Their ranks comprised his wife, the stunning Danish princess Alexandra, along with some of the great beauties of the era: the actress Lillie Langtry, longtime "royal mistress" Alice Keppel (the great-grandmother of Camilla Parker Bowles), and Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston. Edward VII waited nearly six decades for his chance to rule, then did so with considerable panache and aplomb. A magnificent life of an unexpectedly impressive king, The Heir Apparent documents the remarkable transformation of a man -- and a monarchy -- at the dawn of a new century
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Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
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Ridley, Jane
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Edward
  • Edward
  • Edward
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Kings and rulers
  • Relations with women
  • Great Britain
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The heir apparent : a life of Edward VII, the playboy prince, Jane Ridley
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus in 2012 as Bertie: a life of Edward VII
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 607-698) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The eighty-nine steps -- Victoria and Albert, 1841 -- "Our poor strange boy," 1841-1856 -- "Neither fish nor flesh," 1856-1860 -- Bertie's fall, 1861 -- Marriage, 1861-1863 -- "Totally totally unfit for ever becoming king," 1863-1865 -- Alix's knee, 1865-1867 -- Marlborough House and Harriett Mordaunt, 1868-1870 -- Annus horribilis, 1870-1871 -- Resurrection?, 1871-1875 -- India, 1875-1876 -- The Aylesford scandal, 1876 -- Lillie Langtry, 1877-1878 -- Prince Hal, 1878-1881 -- Prince of Pleasure, 1881-1887 -- William, 1887-1889 -- Scandal, 1889-1890 -- Nemesis, 1890-1892 -- Daisy Warwick, 1892-1896 -- "We are all in God's hands," 1897-1901 -- King Edward the Caresser, 1901-1902 -- "Edward the Confessor Number Two," 1902 -- King Edward the peacemaker, 1903-1905 -- Uncle of Europe, 1905-1907 -- King Canute, 1908-1909 -- King of Trumps, 1909-1910 -- The People's King, March-May 1910 -- Afterword: Bertie and the biographers
Control code
825647850
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xxiv, 726 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780812972634
Lccn
2013002597
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 655
Other physical details
illustrations, genealogical tables
System control number
(OCoLC)825647850
Label
The heir apparent : a life of Edward VII, the playboy prince, Jane Ridley
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus in 2012 as Bertie: a life of Edward VII
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 607-698) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The eighty-nine steps -- Victoria and Albert, 1841 -- "Our poor strange boy," 1841-1856 -- "Neither fish nor flesh," 1856-1860 -- Bertie's fall, 1861 -- Marriage, 1861-1863 -- "Totally totally unfit for ever becoming king," 1863-1865 -- Alix's knee, 1865-1867 -- Marlborough House and Harriett Mordaunt, 1868-1870 -- Annus horribilis, 1870-1871 -- Resurrection?, 1871-1875 -- India, 1875-1876 -- The Aylesford scandal, 1876 -- Lillie Langtry, 1877-1878 -- Prince Hal, 1878-1881 -- Prince of Pleasure, 1881-1887 -- William, 1887-1889 -- Scandal, 1889-1890 -- Nemesis, 1890-1892 -- Daisy Warwick, 1892-1896 -- "We are all in God's hands," 1897-1901 -- King Edward the Caresser, 1901-1902 -- "Edward the Confessor Number Two," 1902 -- King Edward the peacemaker, 1903-1905 -- Uncle of Europe, 1905-1907 -- King Canute, 1908-1909 -- King of Trumps, 1909-1910 -- The People's King, March-May 1910 -- Afterword: Bertie and the biographers
Control code
825647850
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xxiv, 726 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780812972634
Lccn
2013002597
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 655
Other physical details
illustrations, genealogical tables
System control number
(OCoLC)825647850

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