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Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
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Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER (Hardback)

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'Darkly compelling...hundreds of eye-popping details...Gripping ... damning portrait of the Windsors' Daily Mail 'Book of the Week'



'Briskly written and compulsively readable...' - A.N. Wilson, TLS



'Meticulously researched' - Spectator



'Entertaining... convincing... timely. Urgent reading for royals' - Evening Standard





11 December 1936. The King of England, Edward VIII, has given up his Crown, foregoing his duty for the love of Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee. Their courtship has been dogged by controversy and scandal, but with Edward's abdication, they can live happily ever after.



But do they? Beginning his astonishing biography at the moment most turn away, bestselling historian Andrew Lownie reveals the dramatic lives of the Windsors post-abdication. This is a story of a Royal shut out by his family and forced into exile; of the Nazi attempts to recruit the Duke to their cause, and of why the Duke, as Governor of the Bahamas, tried to shut down the investigation into the murder of a close friend. It is a story of a couple obsessed with their status, financially exploiting their position, and manipulating the media to portray themselves as victims.



The Windsors were, in their day, the most glamorous exiles in the world, flitting from sumptuously appointed mansions in the south of France to luxurious residences in Palm Beach. But they were spoiled, selfish people, obsessed with their image and revelling in adulterous affairs. Drawing upon hitherto unexplored archives, Lownie shows how their glittering, brittle world was riddled with treachery and betrayal, and why the Royal family never forgave the Duke for choosing love over duty.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: royaltyHistory & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World War Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd Publication Date: 19/08/2021 ISBN-13: 9781788704816  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Andrew Lownie was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was Dunster History Prizeman and President of the Union, before taking his Masters and doctorate at Edinburgh University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former visiting fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, he has run his own literary agency since 1988. A trustee of the Campaign for Freedom of Information and President of The Biographers Club, he has written for the Times, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Spectator and Guardian and formerly served in the Royal Naval Reserve.

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One of the best, most readable, books I've encountered for some time. Wonderful evocation and analysis of the Duke and Duchess, their nature, their circle, their circumstances, and their doings; so that it's almost possible to believe one was there. And copious references to support the story. The true nature of the pair was unattractive, but the narrative still allows the possibility of a smidgen of sympathy for them.

- 10/09/2021
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