Edward the Caresser: The Playboy Prince who Became Edward VII

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Free Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 429 pages
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In each of the past three centuries, a Prince of Wales has waited most of his life to become King, from George IV to Edward VII to Prince Charles. Each one disappointed his reigning parent. Each had an unhappy marriage and famous affairs. But only one single-handedly gave his name to an age: the future Edward VII, Albert Edward, eldest son of Queen Victoria.

How did such a roguish Prince become such a beloved King? The story of "Bertie" is the story of one of the first superstars in the dawning culture of celebrity. Drawing on previously unavailable, little-used or unknown diaries, letters, memoirs, and reportage from both sides of the Atlantic, acclaimed biographer Stanley Weintraub paints an unforgettable picture of the Prince and his worlds: his difficult and frustrating childhood, his introductions to gentlemanly sins at Oxford and Cambridge, his chilly arranged marriage to the pretty but dull Prin-cess Alexandra, and his constant escapes to balls, races, spas, and country houses, where he gambled, gourmandized, caroused, and whored. Husbands who hoped to advance among the gentry worked to arrange affairs between the Prince and their wives, maneuvering to situate bedrooms near his chambers. His string of "god-children" included some almost certainly his own.

Yet despite, or because of, Bertie's flaws, he was loved wherever he went. He was a natural diplomat, able to charm strangers and dance all night. When he toured the United States in 1860, he was a media sensation, and there was even talk of a marriage with President Buchanan's niece. When Victoria finally died in 1901 after decades of withdrawal from public life amid continual mourning for Albert, England relaxedand celebrated for the first time in years. "Edward the Caresser" presents an extraordinary picture of tragedy and farce, qualities that fit Edward perfectly for the role of modern monarch.

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I couldn't decide between two stars or three for this book. It was like an okay date with a guy you never want to see again. The meal was fine, the movie was good, but the guy was blah. Yes, this book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Malcolm Ewing - Goodreads

A good and largely sympathetic biography of the man who spent most of his life as Prince of Wales to his illustrious mama, Queen Victoria. Weintraub is best known for his biography of Victoria, and ... Read full review

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The Future King 18411852 i
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The World Outside 18521860
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Canada 1860
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About the author (2001)

Stanley Weintraub is Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. He has written acclaimed biographies of Victoria, Prince Albert, Disraeli, Whistler, and Beardsley. He lives in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania.

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