Thursday, December 9, 2010

Upcoming Book Review

With Prince William of England's recent announcement of his forthcoming marriage to commoner Kate Middleton, this book, mixing fact and fiction of a similar past situation, couldn't have come at a better time.

Golden prince
About the Book

How Envious of William his Great-Uncle Edward Would Have Been


In 1917, three years into the horrific carnage of World War 1, the then Prince of Wales, an officer in the Grenadier Guards serving in France, met and fell with a pretty Red Cross nurse, Rosemary Leveson-Gower. There is good reason to believe that Prince Edward – later King Edward VIII who, in 1936, abdicated the throne to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson – would have married Rosemary if his father, King George V, had given his royal consent.


In 1917 however, the royal world was a very different place to the royal world of today.


Written in stone was the cardinal rule that royalty only married royalty, and though Rosemary was aristocratic – her father was the Duke of Sutherland – she was, in King George’s eyes, a commoner. What he would have thought of his great-great-grandson marrying the beautiful
Kate, daughter of parents from a working-class background, can only be guessed at.

It is written into the British constitution that a Prince of Wales must have the monarch’s consent when he wishes to marry. As King George adamantly refused to sanction Edward’s marriage to Rosemary, Edward couldn’t marry her and two years later Rosemary married one of Edward’s friends, Eric, Viscount Ednam.


The author Rebecca Dean believes that his father’s refusal to allow him to marry the girl he loved had a traumatic effect on Edward whose name was never again linked with that of an unmarried woman. In her book The Golden Prince, published in November by HarperCollins, she melds fact with fiction to explore the poignant situation of Prince Edward when, as a very young man, he was denied personal happiness by not being allowed to marry the commoner he loved.


How Edward would have envied his great grand-nephew William. And how different British history would have been if Edward, like William, had been given permission to marry the girl he gave his heart to as a young, idealistic prince.

About the Author

Rebecca Dean is a pen-name of best-selling novelist Margaret Pemberton. Married and with five adult children she is a former chairwoman of the Romantic Novelists' Association and lives in Whitstable Kent. THE GOLDEN PRINCE is her thirty-sixth novel and was born out of her fascination with the multi-layered character of Edward VIII.

Thanks to Fuel My Blog, I will have to chance to read this book in the next couple of weeks. If you'd like to join me in reading this novel, you can get your own copy from Amazon.com

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