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Royal Feud: The Dark Side of the Love Story of the Century

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
1985 by Michael Thornton LB2
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Simon & Schuster
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GoldGato
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
It's time to play the Royal Feud! Queen Mum and the Duchess of Windsor...c'mon down!

In 1936, Edward VIII gave up his throne for Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American. At the time, it was a scandalous (well, still is) way to abdicate responsibility given that he was raised to be a King. It all turned out all right for the free world. But let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.

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He was born as David, eldest son of the stern George V, who must have looked at his sons and t
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Joy H.
RE: Royal Feud: The Dark Side of the Love Story of the Century Royal Feud: The Dark Side of the Love Story of the Century (1985) by Michael Thornton

Added 3/7/10 - I read this book in March 2010.
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"Story of the feud between The Queen Mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and Wallis Simpson, American, who became Duchess of Windsor when King Edward VIII, in 1936, abdicated the throne to marry her. This story dramatizes the course of this feud and explains its or
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Gaile
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is about the royal feud between Elizabeth, Duchess Of York, later Queen to George VI and Wallis Simpson, lover of Edward VIII. Elizabeth thoroughly disapproved of the twice divorced Wallis and refused to receive her. The fact that Edward VIII abdicated so he could marry her farther drove Elizabeth into bitterness. She did not want to be queen nor did she want her husband crowned. Although she made a charming queen, she feared it was all too much for "Bertie," as she called her husband. His ...more
Lisa
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The feud mentioned here is one between the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (the former King Edward VIII and his twice-married girlfriend), and the brother who had to become King in Edward's place, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mother. The Queen Mother always blamed the Duchess- the former Mrs. Simpson-- for shortening the life of her husband, George VI, for being thrust into the role of King; a role for which he had not been groomed as had his older brother.

The book insinuates that i
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Kris
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A glorified High School research paper, with an interesting tidbit here and there.

Admittedly I have read many a Royal bio so this may be unfair to those who haven't, but I felt there wasn't too much unknown information revealed in this book. plus some of the information was stretched a bit to fit the authors thesis statement. I felt that every now and then the author of thought oh I have to make a statement to support the title of my book again and it got a bit redundant. If I saw the quote abou
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J.R. Newell
This was an interesting book, although it seemed a little thin at times. I agree with the author that Elizabeth had a lot if influence in keeping her sister-in-law away from court. There wasn't a lot of new information with this book - a lot of it just rehashed information available in other sources. I would recommend this book to readers interested in the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and have a good understanding of the underlying drama they caused. If you are familiar with the people in this bo ...more
Ruth
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Talk about a book title that gives a false impression! I expected more of an expose' , gossipy type book, but this is in fact a detailed, heavily researched examination of the contentious relationship between the Duchess of Windsor and her sister-in-law, the beloved Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and of the historical events and societal changes they lived through. The book is understated, pretty even-handed, neither canonizes nor vilifies either of these complex women, and is highly recommen
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Amy
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
There were times I had to take small breaks from reading this book, as it made me unaccountably sad in parts. However, I am glad I stuck with it. I have a strong desire to read all I can about the Duchess of Windsor in order to truly understand the unique role she played in British history.
Rho
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read so many stories about both the Queen mum and the Duchess. This book deals with their relationship. This is the second time I have read this book - Very interesting. It was always known that there was animosity between these two women - this book tells that story. It describes how the feud originated and the extremes the Royal Family went to ostracize the Windsors. The Queen Mum was one great lady with principles and a good moral code. It is wonderful and so important to the royal fam ...more
Melissa
Loaded with information about the Queen Mother, the Duchess of Windsor and all the British Royalty of the early to mid-20th century surrounding the abdication of Edward VIII. I would have preferred alternating chapters on the two women in question rather then every so many sentences the author switches between the two.
Diz White
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is such a juicy dish on the feud better the Queen Mother - the current Queen of England's mother and Wallis Simpson who caused the abdication of the King of England in the late 1930s. I couldn't put it down. Very well written and researched with a lot of material that heretofore was unknown to me - despite extensive reading around this subject.
Helen Hutchings
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually a non-fiction fan but this book was so well researched and written that I was enthralled from the first page. The adage that truth is stranger than fiction is borne out in this book. An amazing account of an incredible period in history.
Elaine
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent insight into the scandal that nearly brought down the English monarchy. Balanced and fair to both the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. I loved it.
Shawn Thrasher
Good, but got a bit old. I was ready for it to end much sooner than it did.
Ryan
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of information, sometimes hard to follow, but a very interesting book.
Kristina Hoerner
I had mixed feelings about this one. It was about the decades of disliking each other between the Queen Mother and the Duchess of Windsor.
Kara
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Queen Elizabeth consort to George VI and Wallis Simpson the Duchess of Windsor.
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