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Queen Victoria's Gene: Haemophilia and the Royal Family

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Queen Victoria's son, Prince Leopold, died from haemophilia, but no member of the royal family before his generation had suffered from the 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 profo ...more
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Published October 1st 2011 by History Press (SC) (first published June 1996)
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Michael K.
One of the first instances of "genetic genealogy" was the investigation into the roots of the hemophilia that plagued the czarevich Alexei of Russia, the only son of Nicholas II, who probably wouldn’t have lived long enough to become czar even if the Bolsheviks hadn’t liquidated the imperial family. But Victoria’s son, Leopold, also died of complications of the disease, and it made its way into the Spanish royal family, as well. Where did the defective gene Victoria carried come from? There are ...more
Katherine
I found this a very interesting read - Queen Victoria passed on the haemophilia gene to a number of her children which due to marriages between the royal families of Europe had a huge impact.

The book goes into detail about how the gene is passed on - initially I thought it would dwell on one possibility that Victoria had been fathered by someone other than the Duke of Kent as this is the most sensational option but in fairness it covered gene mutations as well.

As this book is a few years old now
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Dawn Ladd
Very interesting book with a lot of information about the royal families and how the introduction of hemophilia gene/disease really impacted the royal families of Europe and as a side affect, the rise and fall of nations. I highly recommend.
Colleen
I found the topic interesting but the treatment someone dry.
To describe the murder of the Romanov family and some of the other tragedies contained herein in such a passionless way is certainly the detachment one might expect from a scientist, but perhaps not what yo expect from soeone trying to tell an audience a story
Melanie Linn
The theories in this book are based on a lot of conjecture, but the conclusions are fascinating. Did Queen Victoria's gene for hemophilia actually cause World Wars I & II and the assassination of the Russian royal family? An engrossing, thought-provoking read.
Sarah-jane
Brillaint. Loved this book.
Kim
Dry and drawn out.
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