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Queen Victoria's Children
Queen Victoria and Albert, the Prince Consort, had nine children who, despite their very different characters, remained a close-knit family. Inevitably, as they married into European royal families their loyalties were divided and their lives dominated by political controversy. This is not only the story of their lives in terms of world impact, but also of personal achieve ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by The History Press
(first published October 28th 1987)
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An interesting book, particularly if you're not aware of much about the lesser-known of Victoria's children. It was not overly detailed, but for the length I wasn't expecting it to be. What ruined it a little were some glaring errors (maybe just my edition?) Saying that the Russian Imperial family were Greek Orthodox (instead of Russian Orthodox) was probably the most baffling mistake, and repeated several times. Overall though, a quick and interesting read.
I have tons of books on the British monarchy, more than a few with Queen Victoria and her family as subject. This one is very well written, very informative without being dull and long winded. It gives you the information you want without being boring. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jan 16, 2013 Jill Hutchinson rated it liked it · review of another edition
This is a multi-biographical history of the nine children of Queen Victoria, a woman who really had no time or particular affection for children, even her own. It is surprising that the majority of them turned out as well as they did. We are most familiar with her two oldest, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Vicky (Empress of Germany), so it is interesting to learn about the remaining seven, whose lives were directed by their mother and the ever present ghost of their father, Prin ...more
An interesting read, but errors such as referring to Princess Beatrice as the Queen's eldest daughter (pg. 170) and writing "Germer" instead of German (pg. 181) caused a bit of confusion. It made me wonder if the editor just gave up towards the end of the book.
Interesting and easy to read. I was pleased that it continued after Victoria's death, truly telling the story of their lives and not just their relationships with their mother. However there did seem to be much less to say about the later years,which considering they included two world wars was surprising. Worth reading though as it paints a fuller picture of a complicated family than I read before, especially of the younger children.
I bought this book at Osborne House, Queen Victoria's holiday home on the Isle of Wight. The royal family seemed to have had quite miserable lives, and in some ways you can see parallels with today's royals. Interesting to see how intermarriage between royal dynasties completely failed to achieve peace and security in Europe.
This book gives the reader a broad overview of the stories behind Queen Victria's Children, if the reader wants more detailed infomraiton it would be better to read an individual biography. However, this resource is a great place to start
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