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1 Brook-Shepherd, Gordon Uncle of Europe - The Social and Diplomatic Life of Edward VII
London Collins 1975 0002118564 / 9780002118569 Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
A Fine unmarked copy with dustjacket which has a taped repair. 384 pages. 31 illustrations. Family tree and map of the King's travels. Map of Europe endpapers. Second impression October 1975 (first was April 1975). Carrying out a 'royal paper chase' through castles, country houses and villas up and down the continent, the author has uncovered many previously unpublished letters, documents, diaries and photographs which show us King Edward as he was to his family, his diplomatic allies and rivals, and to his most intimate friends - among them Count Mensdorff, the indiscreet Austrian ambassador; Sir Ernest Cassel, the German born financial wizard who enabled the King to indulge his extravagant tastes; and the Marquis de Soveral, Portuguese politician and favourite of many of the most beautiful women of Europe, including Queen Alexandra herself. The first study of Edward as a European figure, which traces his graduation from prince of pleasure to international statesman. No fewer than ten of his nephews and nieces were to sit on European thrones, but even those contacts were extended to embrace Republican France, to delop the entente cordiale, and widened further by his breezy but very effective spa diplomacy at Marienbad and Biarritz and his yachting expeditions in the Baltic and Mediterranean. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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