This title tells the story of love, devotion to duty and betrayal, of the radical young Edward VIII who, but for the plotting of his enemies, might have reigned for his lifetime. Through letters and diaries, the author demonstrates the huge popularity of the King and the tragic events that led to his abdication.
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The People's King follows the six intense weeks leading up to the abdication of Edward VIII, considered by many to be among the most compelling love stories of the last century. Just six months before their wedding, the only people who had heard of Wallis Simpson were those people who belonged to the tiny social circle surrounding the royal family. Press coverage and newsreels were strictly censored. Through contemporary letters and diaries, many never before published, Susan Williams demonstrates the huge popularity of the King and the events that led to his downfall.
Susan Williams served as Historical Advisor to the Public Record Office for the release in 2003 of the government documents relating to the abdication. She grew up in Zambia and has worked as a writer and lecturer in Britain, Zimbabwe and Montreal. She now lives in London and is a historian at the University of London.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141004118