Everyone has heard of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom Edward VIII so infamously abdicated his throne and birthright. Although her life has been the subject of much fascination, gossip, and speculation, her whole story has yet to be told.
In his new book, Wallis in Love, historical biographer Andrew Morton uses diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records to offer a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she climbed the social ladder.
Morton takes us through the cacophonous Jazz Age; Wallis's romantic adventures in Washington and friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt; her exploits in China and beyond; and her entrance into the strange wonderland of London society. Along the way we meet an extraordinary array of characters, many of whom smoothed the way for her dalliance with the King of England, Edward VIII. Morton's theory is that Wallis Simpson was more in love with her husband's title than Edward VIII himself and that she spent much of her life in love with another man.
Andrew Morton studied history at the University of Sussex with a focus on the aristocracy and the 1930s. He is the author of Diana: Her True Story and 17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-Up in History. Morton did a considerable amount of research in Baltimore -- at the Maryland Historical Society, Ladew Gardens, and the Oldfields School.
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