By Kenneth Rose
Rated 5 Stars
I checked this book out because I planned to watch the movie titled Edward and Mrs. Simpson and wanted some background on Edward's family. I ended up enjoying this book much more than I expected to. Kenneth Rose is an excellent biographer.
The Whitbread (and Wolfson and Yorkshire Post) Prize Winning account of the king whose life spanned the centuries. Grandfather of the present Queen, George V bridged the century from the 'glories' of the Victorian and Edwardian eras through the horrors of the Great War. His life is recounted here drawing on letters and diaries of the Royal family as well as intimates and social observers of the time. As his funeral cortege turned into New Palace Yard the Maltese Cross fell from the Crown and landed in the gutter. 'A most terrible omen' wrote Harold Nicolson. And indeed it was.