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King Edward VII. A Biography. Volume II.
King Edward VII. A Biography. Volume II.
By Sir Sydney Lee
Macmillan, 1927, 745 pp

The second and concluding volume of the standard biography, written at the request of George V and based in large part upon personal papers of the monarch. Whether the reader likes the book or not will depend largely upon his political sympathies, but there is no disputing the fact that this volume is one of the most important contributions to the history of the pre-war period. It appears, to be sure, that King Edward's influence upon affairs, both domestic and foreign, has been grossly exaggerated by some writers, but Sir Sydney's work shows how great was the interest which the King took in matters of state, how inexhaustible was his energy and how wise his general acquaintance with problems and personalities.