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The Windsor saga: Two peerless books on the British royal family

It’s been 85 years since King Edward VIII’s reign formally ended when the British Parliament passed the Abdication Act on Dec. 11, 1936. The saga is recounted by journalist Alexander Larman in “The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication.” Edward’s departure brought an end to the shortest reign – just 326 days – since Lady Jane Grey’s nine days in 1553 and put Edward’s brother on the throne as King George VI.

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