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Charles: The Heart of a King

by Catherine Mayer

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The book would have read better if it didn't seem to put so much attention on the Prince of Wale's faults. It was interesting to read about his work and I was not aware of the extent of what he had accomplished. I was expecting more of an autobiography than what the author wrote. I would have liked to have had much more information on his family life. To me that would have made the book more interesting. She did seem to put in quite a few digs that I thought were a little tasteless. I admire Prince Charles and Diana is in the past. They were both at fault in their marriage and it has been well documented to that effect. The author stated that she was attempting to show the more human side of the Prince and his ability to rule. Yes, it did show his humanity and ability to rule. It did mention Camilla and his sons but really didn't follow through on a lot. I was not expecting a tell all but something more than what was published. To me the book was more of a covert attempt to publish another stale book about Diana. ( )
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An important portrait of Charles, Prince of Wales, that sheds light into previously unseen corners of his life.
     He has lived his whole life in the public eye, yet he remains an enigma. He was born to be king, but he aims much higher. A landmark publication, Charles: The Heart of a King reveals Prince Charles in all his complexity: the passionate views that mean he will never be as remote and impartial as his mother; the compulsion to make a difference and the many and startling ways in which the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom and fifteen other realms has already made his mark.
     The book offers fresh and fascinating insights into the first marriage that did so much to define him and an assessment of his relationship with the woman he calls, with unintended accuracy, his 'dearest wife': Camilla. We see Charles as a father and a friend, a serious figure and a joker. Life at court turns out to be full of hidden dangers and unexpected comedy. 
     Poignant, funny and often surprising, the first significant study of the Prince in over a decade reveals a man in sight of happiness yet still driven by anguish and a remarkable belief system, a charitable entrepreneur, activist, agitator and avatar of the Establishment who just as often tilts against it. 
     Based on multiple interviews with his friends and courtiers, palace insiders and critics, and access to Charles himself during research lasting more than a year, this biography explores the Prince's philanthropy and his compulsive interventionism, his faith, his political leanings and the philosophy that means when he seeks harmony he sometimes creates controversy. 
     Gripping, at times astonishing, often laugh-out-loud, this is a royal biography unlike any other.

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Charles: The Heart of a King is the first significant biography of Prince Charles in over two decades, providing the first glimpse inside the realigned monarchy that the Prince now leads. It covers topics such as his approach to his future role as king and head of the Church of England, the wilder shores of his personal and political philosophy, his family relationships and his first marriage. Mayer offers an enlightening insider's look at Charles the prince, the royal vocation and its inherent court struggles, Charles the philanthropist and businessman, founding the Prince's Trust and setting up one of Britain's first organic farms, to Charles the reformer and his controversial ideas on the relationship between the monarch and the Church of England. She also takes a closer look at Charles the man, at his upbringing, his brutal schooling and military service and his difficult relationship with his parents, as well as a reappraisal of his marriage to Diana.… (more)

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