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This week’s dress – Wallis Simpson’s wedding dress

Wallis Simpson’s wedding ensemble, 1937. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. As today marks the anniversary of Wallis Simpson’s wedding to Edward Formerly VIII on the 3rd of June 1937, I could think of no better dress of the week than her iconically simple crepe silk wedding ensemble by Mainbocher, which comprised a dress, jacket, slip, shoes, hat and gloves and which is currently looked after in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In contrast to the lace and crystal bedecked flounciness of most royal wedding dress, Wallis, whom for all her faults had […]


Wallis – Rebecca Dean

As regular readers of this blog will perhaps recall I absolutely loved Rebecca Dean’s book The Golden Prince but was rather less keen on Palace Circle, despite really wanting to love it. I’m pleased to say though that her latest novel Wallis, which is a sort of follow up to The Golden Prince is a smasher and I pretty much gobbled it up. Rebecca Dean was onto a winner though from the outset as Wallis, unsurprisingly as the clue is in the title, tells the story of the early life of Bessie Wallis Warfield and follows her through her really […]


That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson

I’ve been wanting to read a proper book about Wallis Simpson for quite a long time so was really pleased to be asked to review That Woman by Anne Sebba for the Historical Novel Society. ‘You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance!‘ – Wallis Simpson. The charmingly rakish handsome prince gives up his throne for the woman that he loves, who happens to be a rapacious American divorcee with a fondness for gaudy jewellery, champagne and the high life. We all think that we know the story of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson […]


Wallis Simpson

‘You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance.’ – Wallis Simpson. Wallis Simpson and Edward Formerly VIII were married on this day, 3rd June 1937 at the Chateau de Candé in France. The groom wore a very dapper suit, which must have been a bit of a more comfy contrast to the uniform, dripping with medals that he must always have expected to wear on his wedding day. His bride looked elegant and unruffled in a pale blue dress by the American designer Mainboucher, who designed a lot of her clothes and even invented […]


Black Roses and The Winter Garden – Jane Thynne

I’m busy researching my upcoming novel about Sophie Scholl and the White Rose so am on a bit of a Nazi Germany kick at the moment. It’s not a period that I’ve ever really read much about to be honest, mainly because I am pathetically soft hearted and find reading about the terrible things that happened during that period just too unbearable so I’m ashamed to admit that I will usually do my best to avoid it otherwise I’d be in tears all the time about it all. However, I’ve had to steel myself to it as part of my […]


Ten books to see you through the Downton withdrawal…

Another series of Downton Abbey has drawn to a close and I’m sure we’re all feeling a bit bereft right now. It’s taken me three series to fully get into this show and I am a bit miffed that it’s coming to an end just as the weather is beginning to turn truly wintry as it makes perfect snuggling under a blanket on a Sunday evening viewing. I’m not going to ruin the series for my readers outside the UK, but suffice to say that I’ve wept buckets over this one. How about you? Anyway, if you’re suffering from Downton […]