The Duchess Of Windsor

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Kensington Publishing Corp., 1 may 2011 - 576 páginas
“A sympathetic and believable portrait” of the American woman for whom King Edward VIII gave up the throne, with photos included (Christian Science Monitor).
 
A woman's life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience.
 
It was the love story of the century—the king and the commoner. In December 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry “the woman I love,” Wallis Warfield Simpson, a twice-divorced American who quickly became one of the twentieth century's most famous personalities, a figure of intrigue and mystery, both admired and reviled.
 
Wrongly blamed for the abdication crisis, Wallis suffered hostility from the Royal Family and much of the world. Yet interest in her story has remained constant, resulting in a small library of biographies that convey a thinly veiled animosity toward their subject. The truth, however, is infinitely more fascinating than the shallow, pathetic portrait that has often been painted.
 
Using previously untapped sources, acclaimed biographer Greg King presents a complete and, for the first time, sympathetic portrait of the Duchess that sifts the decades of rumor and accusation to reveal the woman behind the legend. From her birth in Pennsylvania during the Gilded Age to her death in Paris in 1986, King takes the reader through a world of privilege, palaces, high society, and love with the accompaniment of hatreds, feuds, conspiracies, and lies. The cast of characters is vast: politicians and presidents, dictators and socialites. Twenty-four pages of photographs reveal the life of the Duchess in all its incomparable glamour and romance.
 
“A wide, absurd cast of characters—led by the British royal family . . .  Wallis’ lavish decorati

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I did not know much about Wallis Simpson before reading this book. I had heard of her and what I heard was not at all flattering. I read a sample of the e-book and immediately could not put it down ... Leer reseña completa

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A good review of a much maligned woman who had the good fortune to marry the man that Elizabeth Lyon was desperate to marry. As Duchess of York she connive with Baldwin and Cosmo Lang to ensure the ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

The Wedding
The Visit to Germany
Exile in Paris
Two Houses
The Plot to Kidnap the Windsors
The Bahamas
The Visit to America
The Duchesss War Work

The Prince of Wales
A Fateful Weekend
Wallis in Wonderland
The Relationship Deepens
The Passing of the King
The New Reign
The Kings Mistress
The Nahlin Cruise
The Divorce
Growing Troubles
A Pretty Kettle of Fish
The Morganatic Marriage Proposal
Flight to France
The Struggle for the Throne
Abdication
Rat Week
The Whole World Against Us and Our Love
At War With the Royal Family
The Kings Wedding Present
Shady Friendships Murder and Treachery
Postwar Wanderings
The Death of the King
The Last Two Houses
A Wornan of Style
Life in Paris
American Adventures
The Windsors and the Royal Family
Declining Years
The Dukes Death
Wallis Alone
Last Years
Epilogue
Afterword 2003
Wallis and Meghan
Acknowledgments
Source Notes
Bibliography ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Greg King's biographies The Last Empress, The Man Who Killed Rasputin, and The Mad King have been universally acclaimed and internationally published. He lives in Everett, Washington.

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