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Albert: A Life

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  25 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Albert, prince consort to Queen Victoria and social and cultural visionary in his own right, defined the culture and direction of nineteenth century Britain—a superpower at the zenith of its influence—more than any other British royal or politician. The role he played in shaping Victorian culture stands today as indisputable proof of the enduring legacy of a man who spent ...more
304 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2011)
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Emma Clarke
Jan 20, 2015 Emma Clarke rated it really liked it
Have been looking for a decent bio of Albert as opposed to "Victoria and Albert the duo" for a while and this is good overall. Would have preferred more detail on the socio-economic initiatives he put into place as so much is already written re his marriage and family but that's just personal preference. Only just a 4* though as I found the concluding section a bit repetitious and the writing gets a tad sycophantic in places. Would recommend though!
Jul 03, 2012 Andy rated it really liked it
I got this handed to me by a friend who had read it and thought I might find it interesting. Well, I did - with a "but."

This is a very readable biography; probably about the right length for me on someone like Prince Albert. I won't be searching out any of the three volume epics just yet. Mr Stewart clearly demonstrates the importance of Albert to Victorian life and the development of the political landscape in 19th century Britain. My main criticism is that the author is rather a sycophantic. A
Dec 03, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
It was a good book. I really wanted to read more about his personal life with Victoria and his family and there was some, but apparently he was a very private individual. He wrote many letters to his daughter Vicky after she married the King of Prussia, but only a few excerpts were found in this book. The Postscript in the back of the book, tells more imformation about his children and what became of them and the contributions each of them made to Great Britain. His son 'Bertie', Edward VII, did ...more
Richard Brand
Aug 02, 2012 Richard Brand rated it liked it
I am not a scholar of the 1840-1900 so I was interested in reading about Albert and his wife. I do not have any way to comment on the facts of this book, but I do know that this is unfiltered, unrestrained praise of a man. Stewart from time to time will make some small remark about how Albert had a small flaw but then ten to twenty pages of pure praise of the man. If anybody could have walked on water, Stewart thinks Albert could. There are good reasons to admire the man and he and Victoria did ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Sami rated it it was amazing
This book was a great biography. The extraction of letters between Albert and his loved ones and also the diary of Queen Victoria make this book a useful document when discussing 19th century Britain. It specializes on Albert's reforms within the working-class and also his creation and completion of the great Exhibition of 1851. This is the type of book that makes you love it and not want to read about the main character passing away.
Aug 09, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it
Informative and enjoyable reading. Keen insight on the intertwined lives of European royalty. A good book to get an all-around sense of the person and character of a man who made such an impact on his continent. I can't help but wonder what would be different in the western world today, if Queen Victoria had married someone else. The book inspired me to learn more about Prince Albert, Queen Victoria and their children. A unique family!
Rebecca Huston
This book works very well as an introduction to Prince Albert's life, but is rather sparse on the personal details or private life. Compared to the other biographies out there, this one barely comes up to par. Barely, and just barely, a four star rating.

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Amiably written and enthusiastic, but unfortunately, it's full of minor errors.
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