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It's something right out of a fairy tale a powerful monarch tossing aside his crown for love. The King and Mrs. Simpson is the reality of this true story that happened seventy years ago. Though the events really did happen, the approach treats them like a story out of a romance novel, choosing the avenue of creative nonfiction and using it well. Drawn from the couple's letters and documents, The King and Mrs. Simpson is sure to please those who like their history with a little flair, and a must for community library creative nonfiction collections. --The Midwest Book Review

Folks who enjoy learning history in easy ways will enjoy The King and Mrs. Simpson written by Erin Schulz. It is a history book defined as a snapshot of the past. This book reads more like a novella and centers around the events of the growing romance of Wallis Simpson and the English prince who became King Edward VIII. It is not a lengthy tome of facts and figures but rather a bare-bones retelling of what many have called the love affair and story of the 20th century. The book outlines briefly the lives of Simpson and her prince prior to the time they met in 1931. Simpson was a divorcee and remarried at the time the two met in England at a party. The rest of the story is fraught with the growing criticism of the English people for their beloved prince who had endeared himself to his people. Edward VIII mistakenly thought he could flaunt tradition and social requirements and still be king with his beloved Simpson by his side. When he realized she would not be accepted by his country, he abdicated to spend the rest of his life in exile with his chosen wife. The contents of this book cover not only their romance and actual wedding, but offer many thoughts on the various other occurrences of the years prior to their marriage in 1937. All the elements of scandal, intrigue, and social criticism and demands of any monarchy are found in this highly readable book. This is a history book which can be carried in a purse, briefcase or pocket. Its paperback format makes it an easy read. Its contents command attention to the story which demanded so much attention it its time. --Clinton Daily News

They called it the greatest romance of the twentieth century - and indeed it was - and has never be equaled. The King and Mrs. Simpson by Erin Schulz is the true story of the commoner who captured the heart of a king. Schulz based her book on the couple's letters and documents. She dispensed with all the boring (to most) historical details, and it reads like a romance novel. Finally, poking into history can be fun. At the time of their romance and King Edward VIII's subsequent abdication of the throne, the world followed every tidbit of news of the scandalous affair. Could it possibly be that his love for this woman - a twice divorced American commoner who would never be accepted as Queen - was so strong that he would, indeed, turn his back on the most powerful position in the world - King of England? Could the power of love ever be so strong that the man who was the most eligible bachelor in the world would give everything up for a woman? It was hard concept to grasp. In fact, it was inconceivable to most. Then the world learned that the power of love was that strong. King Edward abdicated the throne in December of 1936, six years after they met for the first time at a party. They married in France in June of 1937, and, knowing they couldn't return to England, went into exile and basically roamed the world. The British Royal Family never forgave him. This is a must read for those who don't like to plow through the tomes of history, yet want to know the story. In fact, it should be a must read for everyone who has any interest in history. Although the book is creative nonfiction, it is historically accurate. --The Lakeland Times

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In December of 1936, King Edward VIII of Great Britain shocked the world by giving up his kingdom in order to marry a twice-divorced American commoner named Wallis Simpson. “The King and Mrs. Simpson” recounts, in a novella-sized work, the extraordinary love story between the popular king and the enigmatic woman that began at a party in England and culminated with the downfall of his reign nearly six years later.

“…the approach treats them like a story out of a romance novel, choosing the avenue of creative nonfiction and using it well.” -The Midwest Book Review

“All the elements of scandal, intrigue, and social criticism, and demands of any monarchy are found in this highly readable book." -The Clinton Daily News

“This is a must read for those who don't like to plow through the tomes of history, yet want to know the story.” -The Lakeland Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Publisher: W.S. Beetle & Company; 2 edition (2 June 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CJ9SHO
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #670,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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