People's King: The True Story of the Abdication

People's King: The True Story of the Abdication

by Susan Williams, Susan Williams


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The People's King follows the six intense weeks leading up to the abdication of Edward VIII, considered by many to be among the most compelling love stories of the last century. Just six months before their wedding, the only people who had heard of Wallis Simpson were those people who belonged to the tiny social circle surrounding the royal family. Press coverage and newsreels were strictly censored. Through contemporary letters and diaries, many never before published, Susan Williams demonstrates the huge popularity of the King and the events that led to his downfall.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403963635
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 01/03/2004
Pages: 336

About the Author

Susan Williams is a historian at the University of London.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsxi
List of charactersxiii
1'Something must be done'1
2'My own beloved Wallis'15
3'The Spirit of the Age'37
4'King to marry Wally'53
5'I had declared myself'69
6'The Battle for the Throne'86
7'The People want their King'104
8'Tell us the facts, Mr Baldwin!'119
9'Cavaliers and Roundheads'133
10'Don't abdicate!'149
11'Our cock won't fight'163
12'God bless you both'181
13'Rat Week'198
14'We have had such happiness'213
Archive sources263

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