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The entertaining biography of Edward VII and his playboy lifestyle, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde.

The entertaining biography of Edward VII and his playboy lifestyle, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde.

Despite fierce opposition from his mother, Queen Victoria, Edward VII was always passionately in love with France.

He had affairs with the most famous Parisian actresses, courtesans and can-can dancers. He spoke French more elegantly than English. He was the first ever guest to climb the Eiffel Tower with Gustave Eiffel, in defiance of an official English ban on his visit. He turned his French seduction skills into the diplomatic prowess that sealed the Entente Cordiale.

A quintessentially English king? Pas du tout! Stephen Clarke argues that as 'Dirty Bertie', Edward learned all the essentials in life from the French.

Reviews

A wicked and witty biography.

Daily Express

A comic history which manages to combine Clarke’s brand of jaunty, bawdy humour … with being genuinely informative about French history.

Spectator

Fine historical romp.

Daily Mail

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  • Paperback

    9780099574323

    April 15, 2015

    Arrow

    400 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781780890357

    May 22, 2014

    Century

    400 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781448108282

    May 22, 2014

    Cornerstone Digital

    400 pages

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The French Revolution and What Went Wrong
After the War
Merde in Europe
How the French Won Waterloo - or Think They Did
Paris Revealed
Dial M for Merde
Merde Happens
Talk To The Snail
Merde Actually
Merde, Actually
A Year in the Merde

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