The King in Love: Edward VII's Mistresses

The King in Love: Edward VII's Mistresses

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Here, for the first time, is an all-embracing account of the loves of that celebrated royal womaniser, Edward VII, as Prince of Wales and King.

It is also a study of the three women with whom the King was most deeply in love — his `official' mistresses, Lillie Langtry, Daisy Warwick and Alice Keppel. In their different ways, all three were exceptional personalities. Lillie Langtry, the socially ambitious girl from the vicarage, became a famous actress. Daisy Warwick, an immensely wealthy heiress and social butterfly, was converted to socialism. Alice Keppel, probably the King's greatest love, developed into an astute and fascinating figure in her own right.

Spanning three decades and packed with incident, scandal and high romance, the story is set in the extravagant and hypocritical world of late Victorian and Edwardian society. It is full of colourful characters: Edward's beautiful and betrayed wife Alexandra; the three cuckolded husbands — Edward Langtry, the Earl of Warwick and the Hon. George Keppel; the flamboyant Oscar Wilde; the sensuous Sarah Bernhardt; the dissipated Prince Albert Victor; the sexually complex W.E. Gladstone.

Royal biographer Theo Aronson draws on much new and unfamiliar material in this vivid book and reassesses many aspects of his subjects' lives. He challenges long-established myths and reveals much that was hitherto unknown: not least the extraordinary scene that took place at the deathbed of King Edward VII. The result is a brilliant evocation of a world, and a way of life that has gone forever.

Title:The King in Love: Edward VII's Mistresses
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  • Lois is behind her reviews at least a month

    Edited to add:I changed this review and rating on 3/27/20. While reading Crowns of Conflict by this author I came across the following quote: 'The ambitious King Leopold II of the Belgians not only ac...

  • James Rye

    It wasn't a topic that I thought would keep me hooked, but the writer exceeded my expectations. I learned a lot about Victorian hypocrisy, and the libertarianism of the Edwardian aristocracy. Two thin...

  • Jennifer

    As the title suggests, this book is a synopsis of Edward VII's mistresses; focusing on the three long-term mistresses he had; Lillie Langtry, The Duchess of Warwick and Mrs. George Keppel. Because Edw...

  • Maureen S

    If this is your area of interest...then you have bought the right book. I found it to be interesting, well-researched and highly readable. The backgrounds of each woman add a dimension to their relati...

  • Leonie

    Well written but a lot older than I thought - I only realised when the author stated that HM The Queen has been on the throne for over 35 years. Over 60 now! I'm not sure if the author is still alive ...

  • Simon Binning

    This is a fairly straightforward account of the three women who were Edward VII's longer lasting mistresses. He had innumerable affairs throughout his life, but the women documented here - Lillie Lang...

  • Simone

    I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I was a little hesitant about it at first because I feared ‘the biography of 3 nobodies’ might be a bit dry, but it wasn’t boring at all! I...

  • Pat Davis

    A Lot of Edwardian HistoryThis seems a well researched book dealing with the prolific love life of George VII. Quite fascinating but the story loses interest as the stream of the king's mistresses con...

  • Claire

    Chock full of interesting information, but unorganized and repetitive at times....

  • William Taylor

    Reading “The King in Love:Edward VII's Mistresses” by Theo Aronson makes it easier to understand the plaintive but self-centered lament of Prince Charles when he complained to Diana, “I refuse t...