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

Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved By Catharine Arnold, 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: 419
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved By Catharine Arnold, 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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    1. Catharine Arnold

      Catharine Arnold read English at Cambridge and holds a further degree in psychology A journalist, academic and popular historian, Catharine s previous books include the novel Lost Time , winner of a Betty Trask award Her London trilogy for Simon Schuster comprises of Necropolis London and Its Dead , Bedlam London and Its Mad and City of Sin London and Its Vices.

    322 thoughts on “Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved”

    1. 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 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 Queen Alix and o [...]


    2. 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 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 information about the king s rule.


    3. 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, gambling, weekend [...]



    4. 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 biographers either love or hate thei [...]


    5. 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 Catharine Arnold [...]


    6. 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 liked that t [...]


    7. 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 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 and how th [...]


    8. 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 wanting, [...]


    9. 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 Arnold co [...]


    10. 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 distant cou [...]


    11. 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 Bowles.ting


    12. 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.


    13. 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.


    14. 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.


    15. 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


    16. 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.


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


    18. 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.


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



    20. 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.


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


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