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Edward VII: The Last Victorian King

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A riveting biography that vividly captures the life and times of the last Victorian king.

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 t
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nancy
A self-indulgent princeling; his story needed to be set against the backdrop of events in England during his long wait for the throne.
Jonathan
May 31, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
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A beautifully-written (I recommend any book by Christopher Hibbert) biography of Edward VII, who was Queen Victoria's son and reigned - all too briefly due to his mother's longevity - from 1901 to 1910. Intellectually lightweight, given over to the pleasures of the table, the shooting field and the boudoir, and spoiled in a way only royals experience, Edward nonetheless was thought of as a hard-working and conscientious monarch, who did his duties and was generally liked by those who knew or kne ...more
Lauren Albert
Goodness. It's a miracle that Edward VII didn't turn out to be a psychotic maniac after the way he was treated by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. And it was a wonder he could be any sort of King at all after he was given absolutely no responsibilities as a prince and often found out foreign affairs from the newspaper like other Englishmen. He was treated like a blubbering idiot--while he was not brilliant and he did speak too openly, Victoria and Albert could have done better by him and led hi ...more
Ghost of the Library
any book by mr. hibbert is a good book, as i discovered many years ago when i read his great bio of King Charles II.
this one doesn't disappoint at all, introducing us to "Bertie" and his fascinating life as son of "saintly" Prince Albert and QV, aka Pince of Wales, and then King EVII.
being the son of such illustrious parents as Queen Vic and Prince Albert, plus having the weight of being the heir on his back, i for one find it nothing short of remarkable how very much a "nice" guy he turned out
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Kate
May 26, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
Every once in a while I have the special experience of reading in short order two books about the same person or the same historical period. It is exceptionally interesting to compare and contrast.
In the case of Edward VII, the Hibbert bio was more complete and more dignified (than "The King in Love: Edward VII's Mistresses." Obviously!)I enjoyed both-- especially because I read them in tandem.
Hibbert's version, though it does not omit the mistresses, focuses more on the royals and international
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Jessica
Jul 17, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
I may or may not have fallen asleep through the last chapter, its all a bit fuzzy.

Up until recently Edward was the longest heir apparent and continues to be longest serving Prince of Wales (typically given to the direct heir). In many ways he was the most ill prepared heir. Considered a trouble child and was blamed for his father's death, the beloved Prince Albert, despite it being typhoid that killed him.

From the very start of his reign he threw out the traditions of Victoria and started over.
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Jim
Jul 30, 2011 Jim rated it liked it
This is a somewhat interesting biography of a man with too much money, too much time all which lead to too many women, drinks and trips. His mother thought him too dull to give him anything to do so he existed for decades with little to do.



The title is a silly since there was no Victorian dynasty and he was in all things the opposite of his mother. I don't know how Mr. Hibbert could have chosen the poorest description of who he was.
Christopher
Feb 12, 2008 Christopher rated it really liked it
A very competent, readable, and concise biography. Nothing new here, but well presented with an excellent use of diaries, letters, etc. The material is presented both chronologically as well as thematically. Well worth the time.
Richard Thomas
Dec 04, 2014 Richard Thomas rated it it was amazing
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An enjoyable and well researched biography - it's probably got all you might need to know about an interesting figure although the other biographies of him are equally worth reading to get a rounded picture.
Sole
Jan 04, 2016 Sole rated it liked it
It was good, only a bit too gossipy at times and yet to focused in facts at another times. It seemed like the author couldn't make up his mind about te kind of book he was writting I guess.
Jeannine wakefield
Very interesting. Queen hated her own son and couldn't stand the sight of him after Prince Albert died. He had a horrible childhood.
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Christopher Hibbert, MC, FRSL, FRGS (5 March 1924 - 21 December 2008) was an English writer, historian and biographer. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of many books, including Disraeli, Edward VII, George IV, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, and Cavaliers and Roundheads.

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