Edward VIII – The Man Who Would Be King

Edward the VIII, King of England and Germanophile, was forced to abdicate on December 11th, 1936. He died in Paris, France, at age 77 in 1972 with his wife Wallis Simpson and no children. The reasons for his abdication are disputed, but the two most common are his involvement with the divorcee (and American) Simpson, and his admiration for the German system and its economic revival under Adolf Hitler. Before and during the war, he sought to make peace between Britain and Germany, but to the war and financial powers that ruled, he was a threat to their desire to finish the Germans once and for all.

— Brought to you by —

Very special guest Fulwar Skipwith @Fulwar_Skipwith



The Myth of the 20th Century – Episode 107 – Edward VIII – The Man Who Would Be King

— References —

– The Proud Tower, Tuchman (1966)
– The King’s Speech, Seidler (2010)
– The Darkest Hour, Gorak (2011)
– The Royals, Schwahn (2015)
– The Crown, Morgan (2016)
– They Will Not Grow Old, Jackson (2018)
– The Last Dukes, Waldman (2015)


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