who practise great Austerities and Mortifications. They contemn
world Riches, and go naked, except for a Bit of Cloth about
their Loyns, and some deny themselves even that, delighting in
Nastiness and an holy Obscenity, with a great Shew of
Sanctity…. I have seen a sanctified Rascal of seven foot
high, and his limbs well proportioned, with a large Turband of
30 Colonial Products Research Council 5th Annual report, 1947–48 . Cmd 7493
31 TNA, FD 23/1559.
32 MSA, B43/44.
33 I. Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Austerity in Britain: Rationing, Controls and Consumption 1939–1955 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 34–35.
34 TNA, FD 1/5960.
35 TNA, FD 23/1556.
36 J. Slinn and R. Davenport-Hines, Glaxo: A History to 1962
Alfred and Arthur. 69 Edward wrote very little and left
historians very little textual evidence, other than what was written on
his behalf by his private secretary Francis Knollys and in the official
histories of the monarchy.
In British history, Edward has come to represent cultural
and moral excess, a reaction against the strictness and austerity of
Victorianism. Yet his reaction was initially to his