The entertaining biography of Edward VII and his playboy lifestyle by Stephen Clarke author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde Despite fierce opposition from his mother Queen Victoria Edward VII was always passionately in love with France. He had affairs with the most famous Parisian actresses courtesans and can-can dancers. He spoke French more elegantly than English. He was the first ever guest to climb the Eiffel Tower with Gustave Eiffel in defiance of an official English ban on his visit. He turned his French seduction skills into the diplomatic prowess that sealed the Entente Cordiale. A quintessentially English king? Pas du tout! Stephen Clarke argues that as Dirty Bertie Edward learned all the essentials in life from the French. Stephen Clarke lives in France where he divides his time between writing and not writing. His first novel A Year in the Merde originally became a word of mouth hit in Paris in 2004 and is now published all over the world. Since then he has published four more Merde novels as well as Talk to the Snail an indispensable guide to understanding the French and 1000 Years of Annoying the French in which he investigates what has really been going on since 1066.