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Preview — We Two by Gillian Gill
We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
It was the most influential marriage of the nineteenth century–and one of history’ s most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naïve teenager, when the British Empire was at the height of its power, and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married ...more
People who say they love Victorian literature, they simply have to be interested in the couple ...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
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.
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
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
I was unaware how hard Albert struggled to become King in everything but name and how hard he worked t ...more
The book is a joint biography of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, her husband whom she deeply loved. The writing is dry and academic, drones on at times, void of wit and not cleverly done. Some topical format jumped forward and back in time, so a timeline would have been helpful. (Other charts are included in the book.)
The author drew largely on letters and prolific journals the Queen wrote before Albert's premature death from typhoid in 1861, applauding his chief contributions as ...more
He was a prig. Quite misogynist. A Germanic chauvinist. Tireless worker with great commitment to his causes. A mo ...more
An accessible account of Albert and Victoria pre-marriage, the family dynamics that led to their marriage, their married life, the ramifications of their lives, and Albert's early death. The author covers the struggle for power between Parliament and the Crown, between Victoria and Albert (especially given the deference wives were expected to give their husbands at the time), and between the different thrones in Europe.
The author explains different personalitie ...more