The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, and his abdication in order to marry the divorcée, has provoked fascination and discussion for decades. However, the full story of the couple's links with the German aristocracy and Hitler has until now remained untold.
Meticulously researched, 17 Carnations chronicles this entanglement, starting with Hitler's early attempts to matchmake between Edward and a German noblewoman. While the German foreign minister sent Simpson 17 carnations daily, each one representing a night they had spent together, she and the Duke of Windsor corresponded regularly with the German elite.
Known to be pro-German sympathizers, the couple became embroiled in a conspiracy to install Edward as a puppet king after the Allies were defeated. After the war, the Duke's letters were hidden in a German castle that had fallen to American soldiers. They were then suppressed for years, as the British establishment attempted to cover up this connection between the House of Windsor and Hitler.
Drawing on FBI documents, material from the German and British Royal Archives, and the personal correspondence of Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower and the Windsors themselves, 17 Carnations reveals the whole fascinating story, throwing sharp new light on a dark chapter of history.
Andrew Morton is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity as well as royalty. His groundbreaking 1992 biography revealed the secret world of Diana, Princess of Wales. Written with her full, though then secret, cooperation, the book changed the way the world looked at the British royal family. Since Diana: Her True Story, he has gone on to write number-one Sunday Times and New York Times best sellers on Monica Lewinsky, Madonna, David and Victoria Beckham, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and, most recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in William and Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding. The winner of numerous awards, he divides his time between London, Hollywood and Manhattan.
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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.
"interesting and informative"
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.
"History narrated at its most professional."
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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