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A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy
     

A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy

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by Helen Rappaport, Wanda McCaddon (Narrated by)
 

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After the untimely death of Prince Albert, the Queen and her nation were plunged into a state of grief so profound that this one event would dramatically alter the shape of the British monarchy. For Britain had not just lost a prince: during his twenty year marriage to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert had increasingly performed the function of King in all but name

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A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Aprilnow More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book and seeing how the current royal family reputation was established by the death of Prince Albert. Without his death, Victoria would have never become the powerful monarch and gave the British Empire the stabilty it needed to grow. Albert taught Victoria how to be queen when they were first married and then proceeded to take over the throne and rule of the growing British Empire. It was only in his death did she find her way back to being the Queen she was ment to be at birth. I found the final chapter on what killed Albert very interesting. I'm glad to know he didn't die because of the drains at Windsor but of Crone's. Since this is an inheirted condition, the marriage of first cousins (Victoria and Albert) put the entire then and future royal family at risk. If you're interested in solving the riddles that today's British Roayl family presents, then this is the book for you to add to that understanding.
nookreader43 More than 1 year ago
I found this an interesting look at a Queen I knew mostly as a long reigning, flighty, extravagant woman who was the mother or grandmother to most of the late 19th and 20th c. royal houses of Europe. Helen Rappaport introduced a woman who was much more, and somewhat less than that. She was able to go beyond the public picture to show why Victoria reacted the way she did to her son, the Heir to the Throne and to the death of Albert, her husband. It's an interesting view into the social customs guiding the culture of the 19th century.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. The author addresses in detail the various theories as to the cause of Albert's death and this was new information for me.
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Agonizibg,so hoping for more.