Edward the Rake (1975)

Growing up in the supreme moral rigour of Queen Victoria's court, Bertie was always going to find it hard to live up to his parents' expectations. He wasn't a brilliant student, and his carnal inclinations were rumoured to have sped up Prince Albert's decline. He was still able to reconfigure the public image of the monarch and became one of the most popular monarchs in the history of the crown. 

First publication: 1975 (Weidenfeld and Nicolson) 

FUN FACT: John's parents were born during the reign of Edward VII and John was always fascinated by the discrepancy between monarch's louche behaviour and the moral correctness of his family home. 

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