The Duchess of Windsor

The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson

King, Greg, 1964-

eBook - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Duchess of Windsor
Random House, Inc.
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 VII 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.

"Never explain, never complain."

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.

"For a gallant spirit, there can never be defeat."

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.

Greg King's biographies The Last Empress, The Man Who Killed Rasputin, andThe Mad King have been universally acclaimed and internationally published. He lives in Everett, Washington.

Baker & Taylor
Drawing from newly declassified documents, a chronicle of the century's most enduring love story follows Wallis Simpson from her Pennsylvania birth through her long marriage to the abdicating King Edward VIII, exploring the myths that surround her. 35,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Draws on newly declassified documents to chronicle the story of Wallis Simpson from her Pennsylvania birth through her long marriage to the former King Edward VIII, exploring the myths that surround her.
The highly praised portrait of the "commoner" who captured the heart of a king ranges from the couple's first meeting through the contentious relationship with the royal family while living in exile in France. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Citadel Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780806535210
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (705 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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