The Duchess of Windsor

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Little, Brown Book Group, May 28, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
Michael Bloch's biography of the woman Edward VIII renounced kingship to marry drew on his previous publication of their intimate corespondence, and presented a picture of her which was often startlingly at variance with previous accounts.It brings vividly to life the qualities which captivated her royal suitor, and caused some surprise by speculating that much of the mystery of her life might be explained by an element of gender confusion.

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As the author says at the end (perhaps he should have said it at the beginning), this book was written to show events from the point of view of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. If the reader wants ... Read full review


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An empty account of an empty life, buoyed largely by speculation that Bessie Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson, the duchess of Windsor, although thrice married, was a virgin when she died. Drawing on ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Born in 1953, Michael Bloch read law at St John's College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar by Inner Temple. He worked for Maître Suzanne Blum, the Paris lawyer of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and wrote six books about the couple. He edited the diaries of James Lees-Milne, the National Trust's rescuer of country houses, and wrote his biography. His other biographical subjects include Hitler's Foreign Minister, Ribbentrop, and Frederick Matthias Alexander, founder of the Alexander technique.

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