Edward Vii and the Entente Cordiale by Ian Dunlop - review by Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones

Best of Enemies Worst of Amis

Edward Vii and the Entente Cordiale

By

Constable 315pp £25 order from our bookshop
 

WHEN A LAZY sub-editor reaches for an easy cliché to describe the ever-awkward Anglo-French relations, the one that comes most readily to hand is entente cordiale: 'The entente cordiale was looking shaky last night after French president Jacques Chirac launched a blistering attack on Tony Blair ...'

The original entente - not a formal treaty but a vague understanding which settled potential colonial conflicts (Britain got Egypt and France Morocco) and recognised the rising menace of Wilhelmine Germany - was signed exactly a hundred years ago, in April 1904. Constable celebrate the centenary by publishing this narrative,

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter