I read your article on Wallis Simpson, and I haven't finished it yet, but I totally love it! The little private stories and everything. I want to ask (because you mentioned you read their letters and things), what books would you recommend in connection with Edward VIII and her? Thankyou!
There are two books with letters, Wallis and Edward: Letters 1931-1937, and The Secret File on the Duke of Windsor, both edited by Michael Bloch. Try to find both because the second one has the letters from after they were married which give the best insight into how their relationship worked and also show that they were still in love decades into their marriage, despite popular belief.
Two really good biographies of Wallis are Duchess of Windsor by Greg King and The Woman He Loved by Ralph G. Martin and both have lots of cute anecdotes and are full of quotes from both Wallis and Edward. Most biographies of Edward VIII don’t cover Wallis except in relation to him, but most Wallis biographies cover both of them which is rather weird. Wallis’s memoir The Heart Has Its Reasons has a lot of good stories.
I’ve picked up a lot of details that aren’t in any books from old press articles I get from school. If you’re really hard core you can PM me your email address and I’ll send you my master file. Thanks for reading! I’m glad you like my blog.
My problem is every little bad thing that comes out about Kate hurts the royal family that for the most part I admire and has a long “classy” and “stately” history. Also, though I don’t like Kate, that is just below the belt and crass to say about a family member for all of the world to see and here.
“A woman’s life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience.”—Wallis Simpson. (via willsandcatherine)
“Elizabeth’s practical abilities were put to the test in those first months of her husband’s reign. She gave priority to the welfare of the King, watching his health and ensuring that he had relaxation. She gained a closer insight into the business of the country than had any Queen Constort before her: when things went wrong in State affairs, it was she who smoothed matters over when her husband got home at night. The slow smile would come out, the eyes would meet his. “Now Bertie…” she would say.”—George and Elizabeth by David Duff, pg. 155/6.