By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 20, 2022) – In Issue 2022-013 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the mischief of a King.


Royals misbehaving.  That is nothing new – just look at history or even today’s British Royal family.

Today we pay respect, and explore the comings and goings one Royal, Edward VIII who was king of the United Kingdom, Emperor of India, among other titles from January 20, 1936, for a short eleven months.  No, he didn’t die; rather he abdicated on December 11, 1936.  He just wasn’t fit to be King.

Edward had his own way of doing things.  He often skirted protocol and constitutional conventions.   While King, he was dating an American commoner, who was in the process of gaining her second divorce.  The Brits just wouldn’t have the queen consort with two living ex-husbands running around.  Plus, one couldn’t have the titular head of the Church of England be married to a divorced woman!  So, he quit, or rather, he abdicated.

And the saga continued.   A few years later he was accused of being a German sympathizer.  Solution: ship him and his American wife off to the Bahamas to be the Governor.  After World War II they returned to Europe, but not to England, rather to France where they lived happily ever after, well, until he died in 1972.

Here is Sanson’s miniature map of the British Isles from 1743, when George II ruled over Britannia

Map of the British Isles from 1743 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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