A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchyby Helen Rappaport, Wanda McCaddon
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… See more details below
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. The outpouring of grief after Albert's death was so extreme, that its like would not be seen again until the death of Princess Diana one hundred and thirty-six years later.Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal Archives and other neglected sources, as well as the newspapers of the day, Helen Rappaport offers a new perspective on this compelling historical psychodrama-the crucial final months of the prince's life and the first long, dark ten years of the Queen's retreat from public view. She draws a portrait of a queen obsessed with her husband and-after his death-with his enduring place in history. Magnificent Obsession also sheds new light on the true nature of the prince's chronic physical condition, overturning for good the one hundred and fifty-year-old myth that he died of typhoid fever.
“A Magnificent Obsession will immerse you in history . . . Rappaport's book brings alive an almost forgotten time. A must-read if you love British history.” British Weekly
“A fluid and astute writer, Rappaport delivers a historically discerning portrait of Victoria in the 1860s.” Booklist
“Rappaport offers an absorbing, perceptive, and detailed picture of a constitutional monarchy in crisis.” Publishers Weekly
“An absorbing account of the making of a queen through her awful, protracted grief.” Kirkus Reviews
“As shocking and immediate as a thriller. . . . [A] gripping read.” People magazine (3 ½ stars) on The Last Days of the Romanovs
“Quite simply, stunning. . . . Chilling and poignant, this is how history books should be written.” Alison Weir, author of Henry VIII: The King and His Court, on The Last Days of the Romanovs
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Meet the Author
Wanda McCaddon has won more than twenty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Seamstress by Sara Tuvel Bernstein, for which she also earned a coveted Audie Award. AudioFile magazine has also named her one of recording's Golden Voices. Wanda appears regularly on the professional stage in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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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.
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.
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.
Agonizibg,so hoping for more.