Bestselling author Wendy Holden takes an intimate look at one of the most notorious royal scandals of the 20th century and offers a fresh perspective on Wallis Simpson, the villainized woman that the public blamed for King Edward VIII renouncing his kingdom.
Few royal scandals have ended a King's reign, but that's exactly what happened in 1936 when King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
She became one of the most divisive women ever linked to the royal family and has been villainized by the press for almost a hundred years.
But is it possible that she served as an escape route for a monarch who never wanted to rule? Wendy Holden humanizes Wallis and presents an authentic, nuanced portrayal of the complicated, funny and smart woman she was.
THE DUCHESS by Wendy Holden
Berkley Trade Paperback Original; September 28, 2021
ABOUT THE DUCHESS:
It was a love so strong, a king renounced his kingdom—all for that woman.
Or was she just
an escape route for a monarch who never wanted to rule? Bestselling
author Wendy Holden takes an intimate look at one of the most notorious
scandals of the 20th century.
1928. A middle-aged foreigner comes to London with average looks, no money and no connections. Wallis’s first months in the city are lonely, dull and depressing. With no friends of her own she follows the glamorous set in magazines and goes to watch society weddings. Her stuffy husband Ernest’s idea of fun, meanwhile, is touring historic monuments.
When an unexpected encounter leads to a house party with the Prince of Wales, Wallis’s star begins to rise. Her secret weapon is her American pep and honesty. For the prince she is a breath of fresh air. As her friendship with him grows, their relationship deepens into love. Wallis is plunged into a world of unimaginable luxury and privilege, enjoying weekends together at his private palace on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Wallis knows the fun and excitement can’t last. The prince will have to marry and she will return to Ernest. The sudden death of George V seems to make this inevitable; the Prince of Wales is now King Edward VIII. When, to her shock and amazement, he refuses to give her up--or recognize that they are facing impossible odds--herr fairy tale becomes a nightmare. The royal family close ranks to shut her out and Ernest gives an ultimatum.
Wallis finds herself trapped when Edward insists on abdicating his throne. She can’t escape the overwhelming public outrage and villainized, she becomes the woman everyone blames—the face of the most dramatic royal scandal of the twentieth century.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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Wendy Holden is a British novelist of comedies of manners. She's authored ten Sunday Times top ten bestsellers and has sold over three million copies worldwide. --This text refers to the paperback edition.