Prince Eddy : The King Britain Never Had Paperback
by Andrew Cook
A radically new interpretation of a much maligned prince.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/02/2008
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780752445922
- Hardback from £15.65
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Review by JeffreyMarks
The two most fascinating things about this otherwise forgettable prince were the rumors about him being Jack the Ripper and the Cleveland Street scandal. Granted, the Ripper story is a bit of a stretch and can be relatively easily disproved by the dates Eddy was out of town, but the author neglected to even cover the basic storyline, dismissing it out of hand. <br/><br/>The Cleveland Street scandal is a bit more problematic. There's no direct evidence, but Eddy did keep company with Stevens, Wilde and others. It's a more likely scenario. However, the author acts incredibly uncomfortable with the subject in general and positively cringes at the specifics. He barely mentions Stevens. His only mention of Bosie calls him a happily married man. <br/><br/>Overall, I got the impression that the author would have rather been writing about one of the other primaries in the book. Chapters about Eddy include large amounts of information on George, Bertie, and Alix, so much so that the reader sometimes forgets who is being profiled.