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Ridley, Jane

Overview
Works: 16 works in 108 publications in 2 languages and 3,465 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Personal correspondence  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor
Classifications: DA567, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jane Ridley
The heir apparent : a life of Edward VII, the playboy prince by Jane Ridley( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born Prince Albert Edward, and known to familiars as "Bertie," the future King Edward VII had a well-earned reputation for debauchery. A notorious gambler, glutton, and womanizer, he preferred the company of wastrels and courtesans to the dreary life of the Victorian court. His own mother considered him a lazy halfwit, temperamentally unfit to succeed her. When he ascended to the throne in 1901, at age fifty-nine, expectations were low. Yet by the time he died nine years later, he had proven himself a deft diplomat, hardworking head of state, and the architect of Britain's modern constitutional monarchy. Jane Ridley's colorful biography rescues the man once derided as "Edward the Caresser" from the clutches of his historical detractors. Excerpts from letters and diaries shed new light on Bertie's long power struggle with Queen Victoria, illuminating one of the most emotionally fraught mother-son relationships in history. Considerable attention is paid to King Edward's campaign of personal diplomacy abroad and his efforts to reform the political system at home. Separating truth from legend, Ridley also explores Bertie's relationships with the women in his life. Their ranks comprised his wife, the stunning Danish princess Alexandra, along with some of the great beauties of the era: the actress Lillie Langtry, longtime "royal mistress" Alice Keppel (the great-grandmother of Camilla Parker Bowles), and Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston. Edward VII waited nearly six decades for his chance to rule, then did so with considerable panache and aplomb. A magnificent life of an unexpectedly impressive king, The Heir Apparent documents the remarkable transformation of a man -- and a monarchy -- at the dawn of a new century
Young Disraeli, 1804-1846 by Jane Ridley( Book )

21 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lively, frank, comprehensive biography of the life of the British statesman and author who overcame his status as an outsider in English society to become one of the most brilliant and powerful figures of Victorian politics. Photos
Bertie : a life of Edward VII by Jane Ridley( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Vll, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age and died in 1911, was King of England for the final 10 years of his life. He was 59 when at last he came to power. Known as Bertie, and the eldest son of Victoria and Albert, he was bullied by both his parents
The letters of Edwin Lutyens to his wife Lady Emily by Edwin Landseer Lutyens( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The architect and his wife : a life of Edwin Lutyens by Jane Ridley( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The work of Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) includes the Cenotaph in Whitehall, much of Imperial New Delhi and especially his masterpiece, Viceroy's House (now Rashtrapati Bhavan), Queen Mary's dolls' house and Hampstead Garden Suburb. But his greatest heritage is the traditional Edwardian country house, an architectural style he made his own, using local materials and often working with Gertrude Jekyll who planted the gardens for his family homes." "This is a full biography of a witty, complex personality, a man who had little formal education, who loved jokes and hated growing up. It is also a portrait of an extraordinary marriage. His wife, Emily, fell in love with Krishnamurti, 21 years her junior and believed to be the reincarnation of a god, and she thereafter spent her time and her husband's money promoting Theosophy, a Hindu-inspired cult. Lutyens's failure to find a common language with Emily possibly drove him to achieve the remarkable communication through the language of architecture which characterises his best work."--Jacket
Victoria : queen, matriarch, empress by Jane Ridley( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queen Victoria inherited the throne at 18 and went on to become the longest-reigning female monarch in history, in a time of intense industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom and great imperial expansion outside of it (she was made Empress of India in 1876). Overturning the established picture of the dour old lady, this is a fresh and engaging portrait from one of our most talented royal biographers. -- Amazon.com
The letters of Arthur Balfour and Lady Elcho 1885-1917 by Arthur James Balfour( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bertie : a life of Edward VII by Jane Ridley( Recording )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a study of a flawed yet characterful Prince of Wales, seen through the eyes of the women in his life. Edward VII, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age and died in 1911, was King of England for the final decade of his life
Fox hunting by Jane Ridley( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edwin Lutyens : his life, his wife, his work by Jane Ridley( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queen Victoria : die Frau, die ein Jahrhundert prägte by Jane Ridley( )

5 editions published in 2019 in German and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Balfour-Elcho letters by Arthur James Balfour( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Edwin Lutyens : Architect of The British Empire( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, was born in London, in 1869. His long career coincided with the great flowering triumph of the Victorian empire and the terrible tragedy of the First World War. He died in 1944 whilst working on his designs for a cathedral in Liverpool. Well known for his country houses with beautiful gardens by Gertude Jekyll, Lutyens is also remembered for the magnificent war memorials in France and for the outstanding Viceroy's house in New Delhi, the capital city of India
"Europe's Grandmother" : Queen Victoria and her German relations by Jane Ridley( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Royal hunts issue( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Edwin Lutyens : a life by Jane Ridley( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Young Disraeli, 1804-1846
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Bertie : a life of Edward VIIThe architect and his wife : a life of Edwin LutyensEdwin Lutyens : a life
Alternative Names
Jane Ridley English historian

Languages
English (102)

German (5)