As we approach the end of the age of Elizabeth 11 and with royal gossip never far from the front page this book that returns to the events of  December 1936,  has never seemed more timely.  Then Britain faced a constitutional crisis that was the gravest threat to the institution of the monarchy since the execution of Charles I. The ruling monarch, Edward VIII, wished to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson and crown her as his Queen. His actions scandalised the establishment, who were desperate to avoid an international embarrassment at a time when war seemed imminent. That the King was rumoured to have Nazi sympathies only strengthened their determination that he should be forced off the throne, by any means necessary.  

Using previously unpublished and rare archival material, and new interviews with those who knew Edward and Wallis, this is the conclusive exploration of how an unthinkable and unprecedented event tore the country apart, as its monarch prized his personal happiness above all.

Chaired by Thomas Grant

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