We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
I was unaware how hard Albert struggled to become King in everything but name and how hard he worked t...more
Details: Gill explores the long and complex lives of Victoria and Albert. This is a comprehensive review of their relationship starting from their first brief meetings and how their courtship was supported by influential family members. We learn how their marriage altered over time and feel Victoria's sadness when Albert dies.
Most students of history are familiar with Victoria, who was Queen of England for over fifty years and gave her name to the Victorian Age. Some are acquainted with the basic details of the story of her romance with her husband, Albert, probably from an A&E type movie. They had nine children and restored a vision of respectability and domesticity to the English monarchy that p...more
I am no enthusiast for the royals, but found this book quite intere...more
I wasn't too keen on how much explanation and emphasis was placed on the fact that Albert really only ever enjoyed male c...more
So, yes, small interest, and not much background, apart from reading "In Triumphs Wake."
This book did not disappoint. Gill not only skillfully goes through the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of their 20-odd year marriage, but also manages to capture the relation between sexes for many people in th...more
I totally thought this would be another "Seabiscuit" like "Woman and the Sea" was. Like full of drama and intrigue and royal politics. It was less Woman and the Sea and more "A&E Biography". But still it was...more
This book is a very good introduction to the lives of Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert. It is detailed without being oppressive, entertaining while still being informative, and well-researched in addition to being well-written. Pictures and handy family trees scattered through the chapters help the reader understand Gill's points while the informative end notes are an un-looked for but gratifying treat.
My only criticism is that a double biography such as this often has trouble deci...more
In a general sense, I adored reading this book. I am fascinated by the Victorian era and reading this book made me realize (or at least the author made it seem) that if Victoria had not married Prince Albert we would not have the stiff-necked, morally tight Victorian era we know and perhaps love.
I liked that Gill drew comparisons between the childhoods of both Victoria and Albert but perhaps that is where the simil...more
This book is great, well-written and exhaustively researched, with a fairly long section for notes. Ms. Gill does an extraordinary job in exposing the true natures of Victoria and Albert, but she also includes chapters about other members of the Royal Family (the royal children Vicky...more