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The title says it all - it is about the Windsors and their association with various Nazis and the grand cover-up which occupied the British establishment and royals when certain documents turned up after the war. The 17 carnations are explained along the way. While the private goings-on between the Duke and Duchess and the royals who shut them out are not central to the story, they provide a bit of spice and are essential to understanding motives on all sides. This is a riveting read - very well written and easy to follow despite the plot complexities and large cast of characters. Cameron Stewart has the perfect voice and accent for this book as well as the added bonus of being able to pronounce words and names in a large number of languages.
A comprehensive insight into a period of history hitherto unread.Brimming with dates places and people. Narrated with authority, spoken with conviction. One of my best byes.
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really interesting and well crafted. I loved the mix of historical context with the main story. this adds to my view that we should thank wallis simpson for giving us George 6th. she must have been a remarkable woman. they deserved each other. neither likeable and clearly miserable despite all their wealth. David clearly was a very mixed up man. you couldn't make up a story like this!
Not at all sure how ro rate this book as I am extremely unfamilar with the story of Wallace Simpson and the Abdication of Edward. I found the total hatred of him by his bother and the Queen mum astonishing which I guess says it all about my knowledge of the times. But for sure fool he (Edward) was. The extent to which "The Firm" went to sanitise the evidence I am familar with as we all lived through the Diana story and the many indiscretions of the Royals over the years. What I found totally fasinating was how intermarried all the Royals of Europe and the Uk actually are. What a joke really - the efforts made to pretend different. Will certainly read more aboit this event for sure. So I guess it was okay.
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