The King Who Had to Go

The King Who Had to Go

Edward VIII, Mrs Simpson and the Hidden Politics of the Abdication Crisis

Paperback432pp Illustrated196x126mm

9781785903472     Product Code: 508783


Edward VIII’s relationship with the American divorcée Wallis Simpson created a constitutional crisis that ultimately cost him his crown. This behind-the-scenes account reveals how the crisis was kept secret from the public for six months while the police and MI5 tapped the king’s phones and investigated Mrs Simpson’s alleged Nazi sympathies, and how Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin outwitted Winston Churchill and seized the opportunity to conclude his own career with a theatrical flourish.

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