How could this documentary have gone completely unnoticed?!
My wife and I watched this documentary when it debuted on television and I must say that it had a huge impact on us and still today we talk about what a great show it was. Yet, despite offering a very convincing reinterpretation of history, no one seems to have noticed--and history books STILL carry the old story about Edward VIII and his wife.
The purpose of "Edward VIII: The Traitor King" was to offer a brand-new and well documented re-examination of the life and abdication of this king. The traditional view of his abdication was that Parliament and the British people would not accept their king marrying a divorced American...and it was a very romanticized tale. But, in a very, very convincing fashion, the film makers want to set the story straight--to expose the real reason he no longer remained king. It seems old Eddie was an ardent pro-Nazi and favored capitulation! Through letters, interviews and circumstantial evidence (many of his closest friends were highly placed Nazis), the story is laid out...and you learn that Edward was actually forced to resign and was soon relegated to an unimportant job during the war to keep him out of trouble and save the monarchy from embarrassment! Fascinating, well made and a show you just can't ignore--I have no idea why it made little, if any, impact on our collective impressions of this apparently despicable man.
I'd sure love to have a copy of this--little did I know that they wouldn't be airing it more.
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