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European History can be complicated

This biography of the lives of Queen Victoria and Princess Albert was fascinating for its detail, insight into personal issues and the effect of Albert's reach for power despite the priority of Victoria. The tension between Victoria and her mother, the effects of Albert...
This biography of the lives of Queen Victoria and Princess Albert was fascinating for its detail, insight into personal issues and the effect of Albert's reach for power despite the priority of Victoria. The tension between Victoria and her mother, the effects of Albert's Uncle Leopold to place him on the throne in England and other conflicts in the lives of royalty are the time make this a very fascinating reading. Albert tried to rule England even though he was not made more than Prince Consort. In this sense Victoria and Albert were rivals. It turns out that the prudishness of the "Victorian" era came significantly from Albert's views of proper behavior and a reaction within England to the behavior of the previous Hanoverian Kings. The impact of Victoria's many children marrying into other royal families - specifically the hemophilia gene- is also covered and illustrates the effects of individuals and personalities. Lots of information is known because the letter correspondence of both royal figures was kept and reveals a lot. Another contradiction is the effect of Victoria after Albert's death to document all his virtues and conceal his imperfections. The book does not sugarcoat the situation since a number of peole attempted to manipulate Victoria for their own purposes.

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not a historical novel - think history lesson

This book is like reading a history text book of German and English royality. Much as I love English history, I am finding it slow going with detail upon detail of who's who. Disappointing.

posted by 2969843 on February 11, 2010

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

    This is a VERY Enlighting Read

    when I sqw the 500 pages I must admit this put me off about this book but after reading the reviews and seeing the movie Young Victoria" I was anxious to see what the real story was all about. What a complex relationship this was. Lovers, Best Friends, Enemies & Rivals all in one marriage. The Queen was not the total monarch that I thought she would be but, it turns out to be Albert. Quite an amazing read. I would recommend this to everyone who loves and has always been intrigues by British history. You will find it very interesting!

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