Edward VII: The Last Victorian King

Christopher Hibbert

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To his mother, Queen Victoria, he was “poor Bertie,” to his wife he was “my dear little man,” while the President of France called him “a great English king,” and the German Kaiser condemned him as “an old peacock.” King Edward VII was all these things and more, as Hibbert reveals in this captivating biography. Shedding new light on the scandals that peppered his life, Hibbert reveals Edward’s dismal early years under Victoria’s iron rule, his terror of boredom that led to a lively social life at home and abroad, and his eventual ascent to the throne at age 59. Edward is best remembered as the last Victorian king, the monarch who installed the office of Prime Minister.

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"The writing of history is an exercise in instruction; but that is no reason why it should not also be an exercise in rhetoric, for there is a voluptas to the texture of history that is best conveyed by good writing. Gibbon understood this, so did Macaulay and so did Carlyle in his own crabbed fashion. And so does Christopher Hibbert."--The New York Times

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Christopher Hibbert

CHRISTOPHER HIBBERT, "a pearl of biographers" (New Statesman), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of Disraeli  (Palgrave Macmillan), The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, The English: A Social History, and Cavaliers and Roundheads. He lives in Oxfordshire, England.

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Edward VII: The Last Victorian King
Christopher Hibbert

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St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
June 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781403983770
ISBN10: 1403983771
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$20.00

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St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
June 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780230610750
ISBN10: 0230610757
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
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