Queen Victoria's Gene: Haemophilia and the Royal Family

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Queen Victoria's Gene is the first extended scientific examination of the history of haemophilia in the royal families of Europe. The book asks where the disease came from and what effect it had on history, and in so doing it presents some startling new perspectives. Queen Victoria's son, Prince Leopold, died from haemophilia, but no member of the royal family before his generation had suffered from this very visible condition. Medically, there are only two possibilities: either one of Victoria's parents had a 1 ...
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Queen Victoria's Gene is the first extended scientific examination of the history of haemophilia in the royal families of Europe. The book asks where the disease came from and what effect it had on history, and in so doing it presents some startling new perspectives. Queen Victoria's son, Prince Leopold, died from haemophilia, but no member of the royal family before his generation had suffered from this very visible condition. Medically, there are only two possibilities: either one of Victoria's parents had a 1 in 50,000 random mutation, or Victoria was the illegitimate child of a haemophiliac man. However the haemophilia gene arose, it had a profound effect on history. Two of Victoria's daughters were silent carriers who passed the disease to the Spanish and Russian royal families. The disease played a role in the origin of the Spanish Civil War; and the tsarina's concern over her only son's haemophilia led to the entry of Rasputin into the royal household, contributing directly to the Russian Revolution. Finally, if Queen Victoria was illegitimate, who should have inherited the British throne? The answer is astonishing.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780750911993
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Fantastic book!

    This is a really interesting and facinating book about the royal families of Europe and how the haemophilia gene got introduced into their bloodlines through Queen Victoria and eventually toppled most of the monarchies of Europe. It poses some really intriguing questions about how the gene came about and if the Duke of Kent is really Queen Victoria's father, and if not, who should really be ruling Britain today. I bought this book when it was first published in the early 2000's and I've re-read it many times since then, its a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    A STUDY OF THE POWER OF GENETICS IN AFFECTING HISTORY

    A good read overall with a fascinating and comprehensive treatment of how the transmittal of the hemophilia gene turned European history on its ear

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