Win One of Five Copies of Edward VIII

Edward VIII: An American Life


Edward VIII is perhaps best known these days as the only British sovereign to abdicate voluntarily. He stepped down in 1936 to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson and was King for less than a year.

Now, in a fascinating new book, Ted Powell, Former Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Downing College, Cambridge, and a lecturer in medieval studies, provides a significant new interpretation of the life and reign of this controversial King.

Before he fell in love with Wallis Simpson, Edward VIII had fallen in love with America. As a young Prince of Wales, Edward witnessed the birth of the American century at the end of the First World War and, captivated by the energy, confidence, and raw power of the USA as it strode onto the world stage, he paid a number of subsequent visits: surfing in Hawaii; dancing with an American shop-girl in Panama; and partying with the cream of New York society on Long Island.

Eventually, of course, he fell violently in love with Wallis, a Southern belle and latter-day Scarlett O’Hara. Forceful, irreverent, and sassy, she embodied everything that Edward admired about modern America. Edward’s fascination with America was not unreciprocated. America was equally fascinated by the Prince, especially his love life, and he became an international media celebrity through newsreels, radio, and the press. Indeed, even in the decades after his abdication in 1936, Edward remained a celebrity in the US and a regular guest of Presidents and the elite of American society.

If you have ever wanted to know more about this fascinating character then this is the book for you. Ted Powell has done a wonderful job of getting to the heart of one of Britain’s most contentious Royals, a man who put love above duty to his country but paved the way for an even greater monarch in George VI.

We have five copies of Edward VIII: An American Life to give away to Royal Life readers. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning one of these absorbing books is answer this simple question.

Where was Wallis Simpson born?

A: New York
B: Pennsylvania
C: Los Angeles

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