Edward VII was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Born in 1841, he did not inherit the throne until his mother's death in 1901, when he was 59 years old. Given little responsibility during Victoria's lifetime, Bertie (as he was called by his family) devoted himself to a life of pleasure. Despite his 1863 marriage to Princess Alexandra of Denmark, with whom he had six children, he was infamous for his many mistresses and playboy lifestyle.
As king, Edward VII was popular with his people and abroad, but he reigned for only nine years before dying in 1910. He was succeeded by his oldest surviving son, King George V.
Edward VII's mother, Victoria, was a member of the royal House of Hanover. Her husband, Prince Albert, was the son of Ernst, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, so their son Edward VII was a member of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
However, Edward's son and successor, George V, changed the royal family's name to Windsor. Therefore King Edward VII is considered the only British monarch from the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
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Edward VII: The Last Victorian King by Christopher Hibbert. Shedding new light on the scandals that peppered his life, this biography reveals Edward's dismal early years, lively social life, and ascent to the throne at age 59.
The King and the Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh, Secret Partners by David Fromkin. How the friendship of King Edward VII and U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt shaped the course of the 20th century.
Edward the Caresser: The Playboy Prince Who Became Edward VII by Stanley Weintraub. Biography of Queen Victoria's son and successor, based on little-known diaries and letters. Available at Alibris.
Bertie: A Life of Edward VII by Jane Ridley. Playboy son of Queen Victoria, Edward VII confounded his critics by reinventing the monarchy for the 20th century. This biography portays his age in all its excess and eccentricity. From Alibris.
Edward VII: Prince and King by Giles St. Aubyn. Biography based on the records of Francis Knollys, the king's secretary: papers which previous biographers had assumed to be destroyed. Published in 1979. From Alibris.
The Royal Victorians: King Edward VII, His Family and Friends by Christopher Hibbert. Biography based on previously untapped sources: official papers, letters and diaries of the King's contemporaries, records and memoirs of his many friends, and dossiers of the Paris police. Published in 1976. From Alibris.
Gay Monarch: The Life and Pleasures of Edward VII by Virginia Cowles. A 1956 biography of Edward VII that also describes his colorful era. From Alibris.
King Edward the Seventh by Sir Philip Montefiore Magnus. Biography; published in 1964. From Alibris.
The Life and Times of Edward VII by Keith Middlemas. Biography; published in 1972. From Alibris.
Edward the Rake: An Unwholesome Biography by John Pearson. Focuses on Edward's playboy lifestyle. Published in 1975. From Alibris.
Royalty in the New World: Or, the Prince of Wales in America by Kinahan Cornwallis. The writer witnessed the 19-year-old Prince of Wales's 1860 highly successful tour of Canada and America more closely than anyone else outside the royal party. (The prince later became King Edward VII.) First published in 1860. Available at Amazon.
Royal Spectacle by Ian Radforth. About the 1860 visit of the Prince of Wales to Canada and the United States.
Victoria's Heir: The Education of a Prince by George Dangerfield. Published in 1941. From Alibris.
Edward VII: Image of an Era, 1841-1910 by Dana Bentley-Cranch. This biography includes many photographs. Published in 1992. From Alibris.
The Importance of Being Edward: King in Waiting, 1841-1901 by Stanley Weintraub. Employs little-used or unknown diaries, letters, and memoirs to throw fresh light on Edward VII's half-century of waiting to become king. From Alibris.
Peter Lovesey's "Bertie" Novels. Mystery stories in which the future King Edward VII plays detective. Available from Alibris.
Developing the Picture: Queen Alexandra and the Art of Photography by Frances Dimond. This collection of photos taken by Queen Alexandra provides insight into the lives of the royal families of Europe before the First World War.
Queen Alexandra by Georgina Battiscombe. Biography of Edward VII's wife. Published in 1969. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Queen Alexandra's Christmas Gift Book: Photographs From My Camera by Queen Alexandra. Over a hundred of Queen Alexandra's rare snapshot photos of various royalty and some landscapes. Published in 1908. Available from Alibris.
Louisa, Lady in Waiting edited by Elizabeth Longford. The personal diaries and albums of a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. From Alibris.
Prince Eddy: The King Britain Never Had by Andrew Cook. Biography of King Edward VII's scandalous eldest son, Prince Albert Victor, who died in early adulthood.
Edward VII's Children by John Van Der Kiste. King Edward VII had six children. Only one, George V, has received much attention from biographers. The eldest son, Albert Victor, a subject of scandal, died before age 30. The three princesses, Louise, Victoria, and Queen Maud of Norway, were never well-known to the British public. This detailed account draws upon correspondence from the Royal Archives. Reprint edition. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Clarence: The Life of H. R. H. the Duke of Clarence and Avondale (1864-1892) by Michael Harrison. From Alibris.
Prince Eddy and the Homosexual Underworld by Theo Aronson. First full account of the life of Prince Eddy, his candidacy as Jack The Ripper, his alleged marriage, and his connection with The Cleveland Street Scandal. From Alibris.
The King in Love: Edward VII's Mistresses by Theo Aronson. The first all-embracing account of the celebrated royal womanizer and the three women who were his official mistresses: Lillie Langtry, Daisy Brooke, and Alice Keppel. Published in 1988. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
The Prince and the Lily by James Brough. About the future king's romance with Lillie Langtry, the greatest beauty of her age. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Daisy: The Life and Loves of the Countess of Warwick by Sushila Anand. A colorful biography, based on correspondence and family papers. A mistress of the future King Edward VII, Daisy lived a life of decadent luxury, then suddenly became a political activist in the 20th century.
The Darling Daisy Affair by Theo Lang. The full story, for the first time, of the secret affair between Frances, Countess of Warwick and the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. Published in 1966. Available from Alibris.
Mrs. Keppel & Her Daughter by Diana Souhami. This book deals more with Mrs. Keppel's daughter Violet than Mrs. Keppel herself, but contains enough detail about the king's mistress to be of interest to royalty fans. From Alibris
Power and Place: The Political Consequences of King Edward VII by Simon Heffer. A major reconsideration of a monarch whose achievements in 20th century political and diplomatic history have too often been ignored. Published in 1998. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Uncle of Europe: The Social & Diplomatic Life of Edward VII by Gordon Brook-Shepherd. Published in 1976. From Alibris.
The Edwardians: The Remaking of British Society by Paul Thompson. Records the life stories of some 500 Edwardians. Domestics, labourers, workers, professionals and high society men and women describe their work, families, politics and leisure.
Edwardian Architecture by Alastair Service. A handbook to building design in Britain, 1890-1914.
The King's Jester by Barry Anthony. The first biography of Dan Leno, a Victorian comic genius dubbed "The King's Jester" because even King Edward VII was a fan.
Secrets of the Royal Detective by Don Hale. The author tells the true story of his grandfather, who became a bodyguard for members of the British royal family after the death of Queen Victoria.
Edward and the Edwardians by Philippe Jullian. Portrays monarchist Europe with its splendors and absurdities alongside the marvellously self-possessed England of Edward. Published in 1967. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
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Edward the King. This 13-part BBC miniseries covers 70 tumultuous years of Edward VII's life. The story begins with the rebellion of a pampered boy, and continues through his mother's distrust, his marriage, scandalous affairs, and behind-the-throne carousing. From BBC America.
Lillie. Originally released in 1979, this 13-part Masterpiece Theatre presentation stars Francesca Annis as Lillie Langtry, who bedded the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), bore a daughter to Prince Louis of Battenburg, gained a British title, and even had a town in Texas named after her. (Review © Amazon.com)