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Edward VII's last loves : Alice Keppel & Agnes Keyser
Lamont-Brown, Raymond, 1939-
Publication Information:
Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 1998.
Physical Description:
x, 213 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
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In 1898, the youngest daughter of a Scottish retired admiral and MP emerged from obscurity to become the publicly acknowledged mistress of the portly, fun-loving Prince of Wales, later crowned Edward VII. Hailed as one of the beauties of the naughty nineties, Alice Keppel became a leader of the fashionable set, and as The Hon. Mrs George Keppel was one of the best-known society hostesses of the Edwardian era. The author of this study tells Alice's story against the backdrop of tempestuous world events, a racy royal court and an age of aristocratic adultery and mindless pleasure-seeking. The result is a portrait of a woman who loved, and was loved by, the king.

Author Notes

Raymond Lamont-Brown lectures in the Departments of Continuing Education at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews.

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Booklist Review

Remember Edward VII of England, who, both as Prince of Wales and later as king, was the notorious womanizer after whom the Edwardian period was named? He had several girlfriends, but the last two (Alice Keppel and Agnes Keyser) apparently were the most satisfying of his liaisons, for both sustained him, in far different ways, during his brief tenure as king (1901^-10). Lamont-Brown profiles these interesting ladies--interesting because they were both determined to follow their own course. Alice was "publicly sociable" and Agnes "self-effacing." Between the king and Alice there was definite chemistry; she was a royal mistress in the full sense of the term. Agnes, however, was more nurturer and confidante, someone the king turned to for care and comfort. Alice occupied a high place in society, while Agnes occupied herself running the hospital she and her sister founded. The story of these "two perfect loves in Edward's later life," proves both entertaining and readable. --Brad Hooper

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. v
Genealogical Tables: the Keysers, the Edmonstones and the Keppelsp. viii
The Separate British Royal Households, 1901p. x
Introduction: Two Perfect Lovesp. 1
1 Born a Keyser and Born an Edmonstonep. 13
2 Two Childhoodsp. 30
3 Alice's Marriage and the Albemarlesp. 45
4 First Lover, First Childp. 55
5 Agnes and Alice Meet the Prince of Walesp. 61
6 War, Assassinations and Alarmsp. 76
7 Raising the Windp. 95
8 'The King's Loose-Box'p. 102
9 Indispensable Duop. 112
10 The Royal Curtain Fallsp. 125
11 'Royal Widowhood' and Warp. 135
12 The Trouble with Violetp. 154
13 An Ending at Buckland Housep. 172
14 'Queen of Florence'; 'Empress of the Ritz'p. 176
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 206
Indexp. 210