Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age


Front Cover and Spine, Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age by Greg King and Penny Wilson, 2015.

Front Cover and Spine, Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age by Greg King and Penny Wilson, 2015. Jacket Design by Olga Grlic. Jacket Art by Fred Pansing / Getty Images. GGA Image ID # 203f4377fc



On the 100th anniversary of its sinking, Greg King and Penny Wilson tell the story of the Lusitania's glamorous passengers and the torpedo that ended an era and marked a new level of brutality in World War I.


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LUSITANIA ■ She was a ship of dreams, carrying millionaires and aristocrats, actresses and impresarios, writers and suffragettes—a microcosm of the last years of the waning Edwardian Era and the coming influences of the twentieth century.

When she left New York on her final voyage, she sailed from the New World to the Old, yet an encounter with the machinery of the New World, in the form of a primitive German U-Boat, sent her—and her gilded passengers—to their tragic deaths and opened up a new era of indiscriminate warfare.

A hundred years after her sinking, Lusitania remains an evocative ship of mystery. Was she carrying munitions that exploded? Did Winston Churchill engineer a conspiracy that doomed the liner? Lost amidst these tangled skeins is the romantic, vibrant, and finally heartrending tale of the passengers who sailed aboard her.

Lives, relationships, and marriages ended in the icy waters off the Irish Sea; those who survived were left haunted and plagued with guilt.

Now authors Greg King and Penny Wilson resurrect this lost, glittering world to show the golden age of travel and illuminate the most prominent of Lusitania's passengers.

Rarely was an era so glamorous; rarely was a ship so magnificent; and rarely was the human element of tragedy so quickly lost to diplomatic maneuvers and militaristic threats.



  • Acknowledgments
  • Authors' Note
  • Preface
  • Prologue: Saturday, 1 May 1915
  • Chapter One
  • Chapter Two
  • Chapter Three
  • Chapter Four
  • Chapter Five
  • Chapter Six
  • Chapter Seven
  • Chapter Eight
  • Chapter Nine
  • Chapter Ten
  • Chapter Eleven
  • Chapter Twelve
  • Chapter Thirteen
  • Chapter Fourteen
  • Chapter Fifteen
  • Chapter Sixteen
  • Insert of Eight Pages of Photographs
  • Chapter Seventeen
  • Chapter Eighteen
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index


About the Authors

GREG KING is the author of thirteen internationally published works of history, specializing in late Imperial Russia and in social history. A frequent contributor and onscreen expert for historical documentaries, he serves as editor-in-chief of the bimonthly European Royal History Journal, and his work has appeared in Majesty magazine, Royalty magazine, Royalty Digest Quarterly, Atlantis magazine, and the European Royal History Journal. His newest book is The Assassination of the Archduke.

PENNY WILSON is the author of three internationally published works of history devoted to late Imperial Russia. Her historical work has appeared in Majesty magazine, Atlantis magazine, and Royalty Digest Quarterly.


Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • Personal name: King, Greg, 1964- author.
  • Main title: Lusitania: triumph, tragedy, and the end of the Edwardian age / Greg King and Penny Wilson.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Published/Produced: New York: St. Martin's Press, 2015.
  • Description: xxvii, 370 pages, [8] pages of plates: illustrations; 25 cm
  • ISBN: 9781250052544 (hardback)
  • LC Classification: G530 .L87 2015
  • Related names: Wilson, Penny, 1966-
  • LC Subjects: Lusitania (Steamship). Shipwreck victims--North Atlantic Ocean--Anecdotes. Ocean travel--North Atlantic Ocean--Anecdotes. Upper class--Social life and customs--20th century. Upper class--United States--Biography.
  • Other Subjects: HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain. HISTORY / Military / World War I.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • LCCN: 2014040843
  • Dewey class no.: 910.4/52
  • Geographic area code: e-uk--- n-us--- l------
  • Other class no.: HIS015000 HIS027090
  • Invalid ISBN: 9781466876378 (e-book)
  • Type of material: Book
  • Content type: text
  • Media type: unmediated
  • Carrier type: volume


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