Christopher Hibbert is one of my favorite historians and he does not disappoint with the biography of Edward VII. Beginning with the future Kings childhood, he fills his narrative with descriptive and sometimes gossipy facts about what it was like to be the not very well liked oldest child of Queen Victoria. As Prince of Wales, he had to wait until the end of his life before attaining the throne and those intervening years were filled with caprice, scandal, and too much time on his hands. He did, however, in his later years gain a reputation that endeared him not only to the English people but also to the French and was considered the Uncle of Europe. Be warned.....there is a lot of detail in this book which slows down the narrative in some places but not enough to disconcert the reader.