The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication
Tuesday 5 October
Lord Leycester Hospital
In late 1936, the British monarchy faced the gravest constitutional crisis since the trial and execution of Charles I nearly three centuries earlier.
The ruling monarch, Edward VIII, wished to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson. Edward was opposed by the government, the church, the press and the public. The establishment regarded Wallis as scandalous, and was desperate to frustrate Edward's wishes, seeking to avoid international embarrassment at a time when war seemed imminent.
Painstakingly researched, incisively written and entirely fresh in its approach, The Crown in Crisis will bring the events of that time thrillingly to life, and, in the process, appeal to an entirely new audience.
Join Alexander Larman for a dramatic account of the countdown to the crisis.