Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved

Edward VII The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved Victorian England We know what that was supposed to mean all priggish prudery and we are not amused harrumphing Except now we know it wasn t all that Catharine Arnold s new biography focuses delicious

  • Title: Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved
  • Author: Catharine Arnold
  • ISBN: 9781250069146
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Victorian England We know what that was supposed to mean all priggish prudery and we are not amused harrumphing Except now we know it wasn t all that Catharine Arnold s new biography focuses deliciously on the women who shared the scandalously plentiful sex life of Queen Victoria s eldest son, the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII USA Today Edwar Victorian England We know what that was supposed to mean all priggish prudery and we are not amused harrumphing Except now we know it wasn t all that Catharine Arnold s new biography focuses deliciously on the women who shared the scandalously plentiful sex life of Queen Victoria s eldest son, the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII USA TodayEdward Prince of Wales, better known as Bertie, was the eldest son of Queen Victoria Charming and dissolute, he was a larger than life personality with king size appetites A lifelong womanizer, Bertie conducted his countless liaisons against the glittering backdrop of London society, Europe, and the stately homes of England in the second half of the 19th century.Bertie s lovers were beautiful, spirited, society women who embraced a wide field of occupations There was Lillie Langtry, the simple Jersey girl who would become an actress and producer Daisy Brooke, Countess of Warwick, the extravagant socialite who embraced socialism and stood for Parliament as a Labour party candidate bisexual French actress Sarah Bernhardt, celebrated for her decadent appeal and opium habit and by total contrast the starchy Agnes Keyser, who founded a hospital for army officers One of Bertie s most intriguing liaisons was with American heiress Jennie Churchill, unhappy wife of Sir Randolph Churchill and mother of Sir Winston.While the scandals resulting from his affairs from suicides to divorces were a blight on the royal family, Bertie would become a surprisingly modern monarch His major accomplishment was transforming the British monarchy into the modern institution that we know today and ensuring its survival in a period when every other European dynasty collapsed in the wake of WWI.

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    • Rachel says:

      I want to start off by thanking St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for sending an arch of this to my Kindle. It is much appreciated. I just loved this book. II have not done and in depth study of the Reign of King Edward, I know more about his mother's reign than I do his. I think that this book would be a good place to start in trying to learn about him. The book centers around the women in King Edward VII ( Bertie) life. Like Lillie Langtry, Daisy Warwick, and Alice Keppel. She also touches on [...]

    • Tiffany says:

      Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the electronic ARC. This was not what I expected but was none the less a great read. I do not think I really know any more about Edward VII than before I started, but I was pulled into each story about the women in his life and the scandals that touched him because of his vices. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the time period, but not wanting to get more information about the king's rule.

    • Kristine says:

      Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved by Catharine Arnold is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-July.This book opens with Edward VII (aka Bertie) and the 'royal concubines' that he invited to his coronation - Jennie Churchill, Lillie Langtry, Daisy Maynard, Agnes Keyser, and Alice Keppel - in addition to his wife, Alexandra. Everyone is given a full, uncensored biography, but I ended up really liking Bertie the best, even if he's fond of smoking, eating, shooting, gamblin [...]

    • Amy says:

      I liked Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved. It was quite interesting.

    • John Plowright says:

      The full title of Catharine Arnold’s book is ‘Edward VII. The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved’. This rather clumsy title might be taken to suggest that Edward, like Prince Hal, tidied up his act once he ascended to the throne. This was most definitely not the case and Arnold’s book begins with a superb picture of Edward’s coronation in Westminster Abbey where a special pew – nicknamed the ‘loose box’ – was set aside for some of his past and present paramours.Most biograp [...]

    • Casey Wheeler says:

      I received a free Kindle copy of Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved by Catharine Arnold courtesy of Net Galley and St. Martin's Press the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, , , Barnes and Noble and my history book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have read about some of England's Royalty, but never one on Edward VII. It is the first book by Cathari [...]

    • Tam Wallace says:

      I was lucky enough to win an ARC, so that is what this review is based on. This book was true to the title. The focus was on the major women that Bertie was involved with, with very little focus on his time as King. It covered the life stories of each of the women and how they met Bertie, and the details of their relationships. There was no attempt to make either Bertie or his "women" look like individuals that we can empathize with. That is not a negative comment about the book; I actually like [...]

    • Hal says:

      A rather fascinating look into the wild and woolly life of Edward VII better known as Bertie. Much like Prince Charles also a Prince of Wales, waited most of his life to become king. Charles still in that role and will not get it apparently. Despite the Victorian age Bertie certainly got away with a lot more when it comes to the ladies.Catharine Arnold walks us through these many affairs along with a number of scandals that ensnared the Prince. We get to know many of the players on both sides an [...]

    • Anne says:

      This book is a quick run-through of Edward VII's most long-standing sexual liaisons over the course of his life. Having read several books about Bertie, I didn't really learn anything new here except for a very long and boring chapter about a gambling scandal in which he became enmeshed. I question why it was even included in this book. That being said, the author has a very readable style of writing, and I quite enjoyed the time I spent reading this book. The illustrations included left me want [...]

    • Chris says:

      I have read lots of books about English history and enjoy studying the subject, so I was very happy to receive a copy of "Edward VIII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved." Lillie Langtry was well-known to me, as I have read biographies and seen the excellent miniseries featuring Francesca Annis. I've even visited her vineyard in Calif. So it was a pleasure to read about Bertie and all those women, as well as his long-suffering wife and mother, Princess Alexandra and Queen Victoria. Ms. A [...]

    • Joseph J. says:

      This is an entertaining read about Edward VII, his relationship to his wife Queen Alexandra, and his many mistresses. The latter included Lilly Langtry, Lady Randolph Churchill, and the famous Mrs. Keppel. There is much to learn about Edwardian lifestyle, including gargantuan eating habits! The lives of his mistresses are followed beyond Edward's life and brief reign. I knew Mrs. Keppel was the great grandmother of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. I did not know that she and Charles MAY by dist [...]

    • Sharalynne Pasztor says:

      I love reading historical books about the British aristocracy so I really enjoyed this. This book is about the mistresses of Edward VII ( Bertie, the son of Queen Victoria ) most all of whom were married womenI am amazed how acceptable this was as long as it was discreet ( sometimes it even wasn't ) and how husbands looked the other way and made themselves "scarce" when the King was coming for a "visit". Didn't know the last mistress, Alice Keppel was the great-grandmother of Camilla Parker Bowl [...]

    • Writemoves says:

      This is a book about royals behaving badly specifically Edward VII who succeeded his mother Queen Victoria to the throne. Edward VII (aka Bertie) enjoyed the good life, wine, women, food, gambling, drinking etc. I skimmed through most of the book as I have no real interest in the royal family today, much less the royal family at the end of the 19th century. Some scandalous tales of divorce, adultery and debauchery to pique the reader's interest.

    • Lauras says:

      The topic is quite interesting but the text is riddled with easily-checked factual mistakes such as identifying Prince Louis of Battenburg as Edward VII's nephew; Louis was his nephew-by-marriage and not even that at the historical time of the events related. A second mistake was calling Laeken, Belgium Princess Alexandra of DENMARK's "hometown" (it was Copenhagen.) There are many others and they spoiled my enjoyment of the book.

    • Linda says:

      an easy read as far as British royalty goes. the author keeps her chapters short and to the point. ignoring the overlapping of individuals and events in order to dwell on the party boy prince's main or most notorious affairs. i wished each chapter had been accompanied with appropriate pictures. instead, only a few of the individuals were represented.

    • Michael says:

      Fascinating look at Edward VII. Well written and kept my interest from start to finish. Full of great details and facts. So interesting to see how times were then and how they have changed. Insightful as to how his behavior/lifestyle affected his wife and the government. I recommend this book for a good enjoyable read. I won this book in a Giveaway!

    • Carolyn Thomas says:

      Fascinating and entertaining but the title is slightly misleading because the book is not about Edward VII - it is about the women (excluding his long-suffering wife Alix) loved by him, specifically Lillie Langtry, Daisy Warwick and Alice Keppel.

    • Sharon says:

      Some of the women whose company Bertie enjoyed included Lilly Langtry, Jennie Churchill, and Sarah Bernhardt. The book describes British history and the social mores of the upper class. Despite, his failures as the Prince of Wales, Bertie is described as an efficient monarch.

    • Sally Crosiar says:

      I did not enjoy this book and wouldn't have finished it if not for a book club discussion. If one is fascinated by the British upper class, then perhaps it would be a good read. I am not so fascinated and found the endless genealogy of all Edward VII's many paramours tedious. Not a fan.

    • Susan says:

      BoringThis was a book club choice and it was brutal to read. Lily was the only interesting character in the book.

    • Barbara Tarnay says:

      Equal parts interesting and boring

    • Cristine Williams says:

      A good read! The Prince of Wales was quite the randy dandy. The historical aspect of the British time period in which Bertie lived and finally ruled was most fascinating.

    • Krista-Lise says:

      Fascinating and predictable. Edward VII was a misogynistic pig that treated women like toys until his last breath.

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