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Britain Was Not Ready for Edward VIII's Progressive Style

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Britain Was Not Ready for Edward VIII's Progressive Style

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Edward VIII, 40-years-old when he became king, was determined that his reign would be a progressive one. But not everyone welcomed this departure from the traditions of monarchy.

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King Edward VIII was on the throne for less than a year and yet, in that short time, he brought about one of the greatest crises in modern royal history. Host Dr. Tracy Borman tells the story of a reluctant king who gave up the throne for love in the shape of American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. We'll look behind closed doors to examine a man who was popular with the public but not with the establishment, investigate his infamous meeting with Adolph Hitler, and show how his decisions in politics and love would haunt him for the rest of his life.

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