Dirty Bertie: An English King Made in France
            A wicked and witty biography Daily Express A comic history which manages to combine Clarkes brand of jaunty, bawdy humour with being genuinely informative about French history Spectator Fine historical romp Daily MailThe entertaining biography of Edward VII and his playboy lifestyle, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French andA Year in the Merde.

  • Paperback
  • 402 pages
  • Dirty Bertie: An English King Made in France
  • Stephen Clarke
  • English
  • 05 November 2017

8 thoughts on “ Dirty Bertie: An English King Made in France

  1. ebats.us Customer ebats.us Customer says:

    This is a very interesting, relaxing read The title might seem a little trivialising but the content gives a very positive picture of a unique figure in British history Oppressed by his narrow minded father who was wholly supported by his mother, even after Prince Albert was dead, the prince, later King Edward VII, found his pleasures mostly in Paris and particularly enjoyed the tutelage of Napoleon III The licentious Napoleon surrounded himself with like minded admirers and cocottes of every persuasion The young Edward was impressionable and built his own sexual gratification on French courtly preferences His poor wife Alexandra was tolerated but seemingly ignored Paris was there not only for its vice but also for its monumentally important culture.To paint this dissolute picture, Stephen Clarke has given us a lively account of mid nineteenth century France, its peccadillos and its continuous political uncertainty, hung between monarchy and republic The political climate is shown to have been influential in making Prince Edward an outstanding diplomat, juggling with his Russian Czar cousin and his German Kaiser cousin in a series of alliances that were contradictory and unreliable The case that had Edward lived a few years longer he died in 1910 , the First World War might have been avoided is a little tenuous but, nonetheless interesting speculation.I have said enough to show potential readers that this book is not focused only on Edward s shocking behaviour but on a man who became King later in life, who loved the admiration of crowds, who revelled in pageantry and who a century ago did much to establish the British monarchy as the high profile tourist attraction it is today Incidentally some of Edward s genes have been passed down to his descendants This is a good relaxing book that paints a fascinating picture as interesting for those who are observers of life in the past than those who would claim to be historians.

  2. BrianC BrianC says:

    Excellent book both for the history and the personalities I thought I knew quite a bit about Edward VII, but it quickly became clear that my knowledge was quite superficial This book deftly describes the warm and amicable relationship between our monarch and la Belle France, and the crucial role it played in contemporary political alliances Without him, WWI might have turned out very differently, and one should never underestimate his contribution.

  3. Mr Neil Hudspith Mr Neil Hudspith says:

    Having read 1000 years of annoying the French where Mr Clarke gives us a taster of Berties life style, I was interested in reading about the future King Edward VII and was not disappointed by his latest offering I very much enjoy his light hearted but well informed style and would recommend this book to anyone interested in history but who also likes to be entertained whist learning about the subject.

  4. Tony Dean. Tony Dean. says:

    and the gossip and cares not people say He was a human after all with the wealth to enjoy life..

  5. dollydrops dollydrops says:

    Very good book about Edward V11 He was a most interesting character He could peak several lanvuages and was a good diplomat Queen Victoria didnt appreciate her sons talents He was a terrible womaniser though Very readable

  6. Paul Paul says:

    Enjoyable read But some of the research is a little careless and some of the assumptions he makes are questionable.

  7. Edward Deming Edward Deming says:

    An interesting historical and fun book to read It gave quite an insight into the kings joie de vivre and his influence in the affairs of Europe..

  8. ebats.us Customer ebats.us Customer says:

    A very interesting and informative book You can only feel sympathy for him for the parents he had.

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