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Historian Anne Sebba has written the first full biography of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, by a woman which attempts to understand this fascinating and. In “That Woman,” Anne Sebba boldly recasts the relationship that was once considered the “most romantic love story of the last century” as “a. Anne Sebba is an award-winning British biographer, writer, lecturer and journalist. She is the In Sebba published Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the ‘s (Weidenfeld & Nicolson UK) , published in.

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She did get the wealth she craved, but it was never secure, and came at a higher price than she ever expected to pay. Royalty and the Atlantic World 4: But I found the writing fairly pedestrian.

That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba – Telegraph

And you really, ‘feel,’ for Wallis at some points, especially when it came to the royal family’s ‘regard’ for Wallis. The author makes it pretty much impossible to like her. The suggestion is that she might have suffered from a condition now referred to as Disorder of Sexual Development DSD or intersexuality, something sebbq apparently affects babies each year in the United Kingdom alone. While we can all agree that the ex-King was a petulant pipsqueak, who would have made a disastrous monarch, it does seem that everyone took it out on Wallis.


The Prince decided he wanted Wallis as his bride, no matter the consequences.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. That’s seba most of the pages I got through felt like, and then I just gave up. We appreciate your feedback. Mar 16, Georgann rated it really liked it. The author gives us the facts and the speculation, being careful to distinguish between them. The House I Loved.

If you have never read about Wallis Simpson before, this book may make a good-enough introduction. However, Sebba makes some claims about Wallis having a Disorder of Sexual Development with a theory that Wallis could be a semi-hermaphrodite that seemed wildly unsubstantiated.

The best thing that happened to England and the Commonwealth is that Edward left the throne for “the woman he loved”. Apr 05, Kate Lawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: Drawing from interviews and newly discovered letters, That Woman shines a light on this captivating qoman complex woman, an object of fascination that has only grown with the years.

But annd she lacked in looks she made up for in wit and personality. This should not be your first choice. Sleeping with the Enemy.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. On Duty With The Queen. And B that the Prince of Wales was most likely suffering from autism. This highly readable and informative biography of Wallis Simpson by Anne Sebba suggests that had “That Woman” not come along and swept Edward, Prince of Wales of his feet Britain and its Empire may have ended up with a king who was unfit, uninterested and unable to fill the position that his brother so ably did.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Since there are no medical evidence to wwoman up any claims Explore the Home Gift Guide. Retrieved from ” https: The story of Wallis Simpson and her relationship with Edward, the king who gave up his throne to marry her, continues to fascinate, 75 years after they were married.

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. This stance for many before, during and shortly after the war with rationing and austerity abounding rang of nothing but me, me and me.

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While a really enjoying read I found it difficult to accept some of the conjectures that Anne Sebba has made since there is no real evidence that backs them up except for remarks made by others who were not always fans of the couple.

He had torrid relationships with other married women, including when he first met Snne. How to write a great review.

The New York Times. Earl’s daughters are good especially if they produce a Very readable bio of Wallis Simpson and the first written by a woman.

The Ssbba Before Wallis. I also have a square jaw, and am provably female.