The Crown in Crisis: Countdown To The Abdication
Alexander Larman

The Crown in Crisis: Countdown To The Abdication
  • The Crown In Crisis  takes a thrilling and fresh look at the abdication crisis of 1936, and its repercussions, from the varied perspectives of the lead figures within it. These will include politicians, royalty, newspaper magnates, Nazis and Walter Monckton, the so-called ‘architect of the abdication’.


  •  It is the first full account of a complex personal and political saga set against the countdown of imminent war against Germany and the English governing class at odds with one another. 


  • It  makes extensive use of the largely unpublished Walter Monckton archives in Balliol College, Oxford, which were unavailable in their entirety to previous biographers, and incorporate revelatory and important new material.


  • These archives contain a lengthy first-hand account of Monckton’s involvement in Edward VIII’s abdication, which was repressed, by his own wishes, during his lifetime, despite enormous interest from publishers, and other contemporary documents. No previous Monckton biographer has had full access to these archives.


  • It also uses the papers of Edward VIII’s private secretary, Alan ‘Tommy’ Lascelles at Churchill College, Cambridge, which offer an often sceptical insight into the King’s inner circle, and more rare archival material by and about the abdication’s participants including Stanley Baldwin, Wallis Simpson, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Winston Churchill.   




Book Details:

  • Author: Alexander Larman
  • Published Year: 2020
  • Rights Sold
    • United Kingdom: Weidenfeld

Alexander Larman

Alexander Larman is an author and journalist. After studying English at Oxford, from where he graduated with a First, he began a career that included work on titles such as the Observer, New Statesman and GQ, before he made the leap to being a full-time writer in 2012. Since then, he has published three books to date. His debut, Blazing Star, a biography of the decadent poet and courtier Lord Rochester, was published in 2014, to critical acclaim. It was followed by Restoration, a social and narrative history of the year 1666, and Byron’s Women, an ‘anti-biography’ of the f...
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