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George VI

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George VI (Viking), Sarah Bradford, book reviewSarah Bradford’s biography of George VI deals with a king who faced a great deal of adversity in his short reign. The second son of George V, he ascended to the throne on the abdication of his older brother, Edward VIII, who chose marriage to Wallis Simpson over remaining as king. George VI not only had to deal with the upheaval and upset of the abdication and its aftermath, but he saw his country through the Second World War, the strain of which affected his health, leading to his death at only 56.

Known as Prince Albert prior to acceding to the throne, he was Duke of York and married Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, better known to most of us as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, as she became on his death.

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