Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy

Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy

by Andrew Morton


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For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne.

"You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance." — Wallis Simpson

Before she became known as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore. At turns imaginative, ambitious, and spoiled, Wallis's first words as recalled by her family were "me, me." From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb the social ladder and take her place in London society. As irony would have it, she would gain the love and devotion of a king, but only at the cost of his throne and her reputation.

In Wallis in Love, acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton offers a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she transformed from a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine. Using diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records, Morton takes us through Wallis's romantic adventures in Washington, China, and her entrance into the strange wonderland that is London society. During her journey, we meet an extraordinary array of characters, many of whom smoothed the way for her dalliance with the king of England, Edward VIII.

Wallis in Love
goes beyond Wallis's infamous persona and reveals a complex, domineering woman striving to determine her own fate and grapple with matters of the heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455566952
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 271,694
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Andrew Morton studied history at the University of Sussex, England, with a focus on aristocracy and the 1930s. Morton has written biographies featuring the British Royal Family as well as celebrities, including Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, and Madonna. His bestselling biography of Princess Diana, Diana: Her True Story, met with international acclaim as "the closest we will ever come to her autobiography."

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 "All Is Love" 1

2 I Married a Sadist 29

3 He Was Simply Irresistible 51

4 "The World's Biggest Tease" 70

5 Wallis Stole My Man 91

6 "This Weird Royal Obsession" 108

7 "Mission Accomplished" 121

8 A Shortlist of One 140

9 A Bounder, a Libertine, and a Spy 161

10 "Wally for Queen!" 184

11 "You God-damned Fool" 208

12 I Want Your Baby 229

13 "Only One Woman Exists for Him" 250

14 "A Whole Nation Against One Woman" 265

15 "The Only Man I've Ever Loved" 282

16 "Ice Runs Through Their Veins" 309

17 "Wallis, Wallis, Wallis, Wallis" 326

Acknowledgments 335

Source Notes 343

Select Bibliography 371

Index 377

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