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In December 1936, Britain faced a constitutional crisis that was the gravest threat to the institution of the monarchy since the execution of Charles I.
The ruling monarch, Edward VIII, wished to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson and crown her as his Queen. His actions scandalized the Establishment, who were desperate to avoid an international embarrassment at a time when war seemed imminent. In a series of three dramatic and compelling lectures, British historian and author of The Crown In Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication, Alexander Larman brings this national and personal drama to life in a way that is “both heartbreaking and glamorous, scholarly and very entertaining” (Simon Sebag Montefiore).
Countdown to the abdication: Alexander Larman gives a panoramic social and political view of the circumstances in the run-up to King Edward’s abdication. Month by month, hour by hour, his dramatic history begins with the death of George V and encompassing Edward’s meeting and subsequent relationship with Wallis, his reputation as Prince of Wales and then King, the assassination attempt on him in July 1936 and the notorious cruise on the Nahlin in August 1936, and ends with the Wallis Simpson divorce case in October 1936.
Beginning with the accidental revelation of Edward’s affair with Wallis Simpson and ending with his departure from Britain less than two weeks later, Larman delves into the constitutional, political and personal events and consequences of the abdication. Drawing from never-before-seen diaries, letters and other material to illuminate the narrative, he offers a fresh and insightful behind-the-scenes account of the crisis.
Larman continues his eye-opening lecture series on Britain in the 1930s. Beginning with the aftermath of Edward’s departure from Britain and ending with the outbreak of World War II, this lecture looks at the way in which Edward and Wallis’ Nazi sympathies would be juxtaposed with Chamberlain’s increasingly desperate attempts to keep Britain out of the war, and the after-effects of the abdication crisis on the relationship between the new King George VI and the now Duke of Windsor.
Purchase The Crown In Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication.
Class will take place on Friday, September 17, 24, and October 1 from 10:30-11:30 am ET. This class will be recorded for later viewing by patrons.
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Alexander Larman is a British historian and journalist. He is the author of several acclaimed books of historical and literary biography, including Blazing Star, Byron’s Women, and The Crown in Crisis. He has also edited and ghostwritten for a variety of publications. He writes for the Times, Observer, and Telegraph, as well as The Spectator and The Critic. He earned his degree in English from the University of Oxford and continues to reside in Oxford, UK.
The Crown in Crisis: Edward, Mrs. Simpson and the Windsors in the ’30s
with Jodi Magness