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Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert
A study of Queen Victoria's often historically neglected husband reveals his ambition, significant political roles, and the marital strain between the two powerful rulers. ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published June 9th 1997 by Free Press
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Feb 19, 2011 Carol rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Excellent biography! Albert was a great man, friend, spouse, lover, father, confidant, adviser, collaborator and surrogate sovereign. Victoria was a self-centered person except with regards to her Albert. Over 18 years she gave birth to 9 babies and suffered from depression and pregnancy challenges. Albert was there for her to help her and step in wherever she needed him. His major feat of the Crystal Palace was amazing and successful - he even planned for innovative public bathrooms to accommod ...more
I found this book really well researched and informative giving me a three dimensional view of an intriguing and often times overlook historical character, and might read his biography of Queen Victoria and Disraelil, however, at the same time, I have to admit it was rather dry and not fully a page turner.
Oct 18, 2010 Glenda rated it liked it · review of another edition
A rather dull re-counting of a life well lived. I've always had a soft spot for Prince Albert and found this book to be a let down for the most part. Although I did enjoy the insight into his and Queen Victoria's private taste in art. ...more
Workmanly biography of Prince Albert which emphasizes his interests and accomplishments such as the Crystal Palace and his role in the Crimean war. Nice selection of illustrations including some caricatures from the popular press. Helpful genealogical chart.
Aug 19, 2010 Rebecca Huston rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I read this years ago (can't remember when, exactly) but have long been a fan of Prince Albert. This book focuses on his extraordinary achievements during his short life as consort to Queen Victoria. I think of him as the greatest king Britain never had. ...more
“Uncrowned King” is the story of Queen Victoria’s husband who was king in all but name. Out of necessity it is almost a dual biography with the focus on Albert. It follows his life from his youth in Coburg to the courtship with Victoria and through his years in England. This work illustrates Albert’s growth in his position from the untrusted foreign prince in the palace to the confident of politicians, social reformers, businessmen, monarchs and princes and his queen. His vision of the path alon ...more
I enjoyed the book. It gave me lots of information about what Albert actually did to be remembered as "the good". The book was surprisingly light on the relationship with Victoria. Albert was handling her duties. She was having his babies. There were intriguing moments on how he influenced her taste and educated her. I'm going to have to find a book about the two of them together! ...more
Probably one of the best books around that covers the entire life of Prince Albert. Clearly demonstrates the influence that he had on British society and culture. I timed it to read as the PBS 'Victoria' show was being aired - so interesting to see which episodes from Prince Albert's life were included in the show and where the producers took dramatic license.
Weintraub was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 17, 1929. He was the eldest child of Benjamin and Ray Segal Weintraub. He attended South Philadelphia High School, and then he attended West Chester State Teachers College (now West Chester University of Pennsylvania) where he received his B.S. in education in 1949. He continued his education at Temple University where he received his mast ...more
“Once home [in 1838], Albert prepared a small album of scenes he had drawn on the journey, a dried ‘Rose des Alpes, and a scrap of Voltaire’s handwriting he had obtained from an old servant of the philosopher at Verney, and posted the souvenir to Victoria. Years later she attested it was 'one of her greatest treasures.”
“Albert wrote to his ‘dearest cousin’ on 26 June to offer his 'sincerest felicitations on that great change which had taken place in your life’. It was a difficult letter to compose. Now that she was 'Queen of the mightiest land of Europe’, he went on, 'the happiness of millions’ lay in her hands, and he trusted that Heaven would assist her in 'that high but difficult task.” He hoped for a long and happy - and glorious - reign, in which she would achieve the 'thankfulness and love’ of her subjects. He wished neither to be indiscreet nor to 'abuse’ her time, but, he closed, 'May I pray you to think likewise sometimes of your cousins in Bonn, and to continue to them that kindness you favoured them with till now.’ And he signed it as 'your Majesty’s most obedient and faithful servant, Albert’.”More quotes…