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Queen Victoria's Granddaughters 1860-1918

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  703 ratings  ·  53 reviews
On 6th July 1868, when told of the birth of her seventh granddaughter, Queen Victoria remarked that the news was ‘a very uninteresting thing for it seems to me to go on like the rabbits in Windsor Park.’ Her apathy was understandable – this was her fourteenth grandchild, and, though she had given birth to nine children, she had never been fond of babies, viewing them as ‘f ...more
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Published February 2013
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Jess the Audiobookworm
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I came across Christina Croft's Queen Victoria's Granddaughters, I immediately thought it was too good to be true. It felt just like hitting the jackpot. I love learning about European history, particularly European royal history. But it's difficult to find information about royals outside of the primary players, especially on audiobook. Excuse me, but one can only hear so much about Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, or Princess Diana. I've been a royal fan for so long that it's become increasing ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Very interesting information for those already interested in Victoria although at times there are so many characters it gets a little confusing and I found myself having to backtrack. First two thirds moved along v well but seemed to peter out towards the end- unfortunately the Kindle version of this I read had so many spelling and grammatical errors that it took the shine off the experience of reading this.
Quinby6696 Frank
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Queen Victoria had 22 granddaughters. Before he died, Prince Albert's vision was to create a great peaceful Europe by marrying his family into all the ruling families. Everyone would be related and love each other - right? Not so much. It's as well he didn't live to see the devastation of World War I and the complete ruination of his dream. This was a fascinating book, but even with the help of all the nicknames it was impossible to keep them all straight!
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. I learned so much about how through the marriages of her grandchildren, all of Europe, Russia and Norway were all bound together and how significant Queen Victoria's death affected the peace that was enjoyed throughout Europe and Asia. Historical but written in a captivating way.
Susie Fiorito
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Wonderful writing, just clipped right along.
Very thorough research by Ms. Croft on a very interesting topic.
Carolyn Harris
A biography of Queen Victoria's 22 granddaughters, emphasizing the influence of Queen Victoria over her extended family. The most interesting parts of the book are the comparisons between the royal relatives and the connections between them. For example, the Czarina Alexandra was inspired by the work of her aunt, Princess Helena, to open nurse training schools in Russia. The author is most interested in the personal lives of their subjects and devotes much of the book to their experiences of mar ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Queen Victoria, for all her protest-ions about the horrors of childbirth, managed to have nine (9) children with her beloved husband Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. In turn, her 9 children managed to create a "Royal Mob", that thru marriage managed to rule nearly every European dynasty and Russia for the better part of the 19th century and early 20th century when many of the ruling dynasties were destroyed either by World War 1 or the Russian Revolution.

Queen Victoria, though a mostly aloof
Sarah Elizabeth
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who else is watching Victoria on PBS? I am loving it! I have always known that Victoria had a large family that married throughout all of the monarchies of Europe, but this book has been an easy-to-read explanation of each of her granddaughters and who they were. Each chapter is set-up with a quick list of who all is in the chapter and how they're related to the Queen and each other, which is necessary since many of the cousins shared names! I really enjoyed reading about the less well known gra ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader of historical biographies I thought this book provided a worthwhile overview on the family branches of Queen Victoria. It's a great starting point to further reading on any of the subjects presented. My only complaint is that the Kindle version did not provide any photos. This was very disappointing. The author wisely prefaced each chapter with the royalties names and family branches that were the subject of the particular chapter making it easier to follow as there were many A ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Oh, Queen Victoria, you were quite the gal. Nine children, 42 grandchildren, and 85 great-grandchildren. Those family reunions must have really been occasions to remember--especially given all of the different personalities. This book is a good introduction to the daughters and granddaughters of Queen Victoria and the lives that they led. Many of the stories I already knew and I found myself interested in the lives of some of the more ignored granddaughters. More reading is definitely required i ...more
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book did a great job at keeping the family members "straight", as in, who belonged to which parents, etc. No easy task when discussing the family of Queen Victoria! I thought each family member was given more or less equal billing, also, even though some obviously had more "story" than others. Easy to read and easy to remember.

I base my rating entirely upon the content of the book, but I cannot ignore the abundant presence of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors in my copy.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I knew a lot of the information in the book, but it was good to be reminded of it again. Queen Victoria and her descendants were my entry point into studying royalty. Queen Victoria had 42 grandchildren and 22 of them were grandchildren. All of the granddaughters are dealt with in the book, some, of course, receive more space than others. Some photos would have been a nice addition.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good snapshot of many lives! A family tree would have been helpful, as would have reading this in book format - sometimes I find nonfiction on the Kindle a bit weird. I also have a feeling I may have missed out on some photographs. The Kindle edition also had some typos/spelling errors that were a bit irritating.
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fast reading with full of superficial information. If you are new to Queen Victoria's family you'll find this book interesting. After reading this I would like to read specific books about Queen Marie of Romania and Princess Victoria Mountbatten.
Viki Heagy
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anyone interested in the English monarchy will love this book. It covers the history of Queen Victoria's family, but especially that of her granddaughters - the royal families they married into, where the lived and their legacy.
Fascinating read. As someone with a strong interest in Queen Victoria's family this book covered a lot.

Especially loved reading about the Hesse family and Marie of Roumania.
Diane Slaton
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it

There's much history in this book. Always interesting and never dry or boring I would recommend it to anyone interested in the great monarchies of Europe.
Gwen Janitch
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read

Enjoyed it very informative yet not too dull or uninteresting- a little hard to follow since many of the names are the same.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A quick and yet extremely detailed read that manages to cram in a lot of history. I appreciate its completeness in focusing on all of Victoria’s granddaughters (no easy task) rather than just the most famous.
Beth Parker
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The title says it all.

This is of interest to anyone who wants a somewhat personal view of relationships of rulers of pre WWI and its families that were first cousins at war against each other. The sheer number of Victoria's descendants can make it confusing at times and this book is quite sympathetic to all sides.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Enjoyable and informative. Other reviewers have commented on the many typos, and indeed they are distracting and annoying to pedants like me. I appreciated the chapter headings detailing the characters and their relationships but would really have liked a big family tree. The cast of characters is enormous. Forty two grandchildren plus their spouses are a lot to keep track of. I read this on my Kindle, but kept the iPad at hand to look up pictures of these people. At first it seemed that there w ...more
The author has a number of books out detailing the lives of Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren. Not surprisingly, there is doubtless some overlap as granddaughters have brothers who are grandsons, etc. This book appeared to be well-researched using at least some primary sources. Each chapter begins with a list of the family members described therein, but a real family tree chart would have been useful, even though it would have been hard to use in the Kindle format. The lack of photogra ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Having 9 children, with 8 of them having their own children, Queen Victoria had a lot of ancestors. I had known that her ancestors were spread across Europe and Russia, but this book gives you glimpse at the individuals who married into those other noble/royal families. It's good that Ms. Croft starts each chapter with identifying each person...though with this many granddaughters and great-granddaughters, names overlap. I was kind of surprised that Queen Victoria wasn't as eager for her grandda ...more
Debbie Carlson
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't expect to like this book so much. I had expected it to be very dry and boring. On the contrary, I found it fascinating. There were so many players in the book that it was complicated, but the author helped by identifying the main players at the beginning of each chapter. My only suggestion would have been to include a family tree diagram that the reader could have accessed easily.
I learned so much about Britain's royal family, but also Europe's royal families. I learned about the Russi
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very well researched. The novel focuses very well with little unnecessary detail. Alice was a key focus in earlier chapters. I felt that some daughters however were barely mrntioned : Sandra Edinburgh, Mossy Hohenzollern, Patsy Connaught, Irene Hesse, and Alice Albany. I cannot figure out why. Additionally, I wish the book continued until the end of the granddaughters as later on certain lives got more interesting. It was nice to read about Ella rather than Alix as she was more interesting than ...more
Susan Liston
Pretty good basic overview. This seems to be self-published and there are a lot of errors--typos, Louise-instead-of-Louis type errors and the illustrations are poor, but it is easy reading and I certainly learned a lot. One wonderful thing the author did was start each chapter with a list of who will appear and a reminder of who these people are, which keeps the brain-dead like myself from constantly having to look back and figure it out. (these dad burn royals repeating names so incessantly, co ...more
Jenny Housley
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it
A good introduction to the Victorian Royal Family and it's involvement in European history. Some interesting insights into Queen Victoria and her vast collection of family members. Not always easy to keep up with the Mossy and Fritz's and Baby Bee's and endless marriages but I am still looking forward to further reading on some of the cast. Thanks has to go to Wikipedia and Pinterest flipping up numerous photos and slowing the reading to a snails pace
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this book a lot - and probably would have liked it even more if I had read the print version (so I could have easily flipped back often to the family trees to remind myself just who everyone was and how they were related) - or had had a printed version of the tree to refer to while I was reading the Kindle version. Maybe it would have helped if I had read it all in a couple of sittings - or if I had a better memory! In any event, it was a good read.
I've read books about Queen Victoria's descendants before. There are so many of them, it doesn't hurt to read about them many times. I still can only remember the details of the lives of some of them. Their privilege did not protect them from any of life's tragedies. Of her nineteen granddaughters, virtually all of them suffered from the hereditary ill-health in their family and the ravages of WWI.
Eve Bagnall
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable but....

I found this book to be a bit noting at first, but it soon gathered momentum and I couldn’t put it down. I would have liked some photos though - it was sometimes quite difficult to recall who was who, especially with all of the “Victoria’s” and Grand Dukes, etc. The part about the Romanovs was particularly interesting and I read things that I hadn’t read before, despite having enjoyed many, many books on the subject.
Recommended but missing photos
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Christina Croft was born in Warwickshire, England, and grew up in Yorkshire. Educated at Notre Dame Grammar School, Leeds, she graduated in English and Divinity in Liverpool and obtained teaching and nursing qualifications. She began her writing career as a poet but moved on to biography and novels as well as giving talks about the Romanovs, Habsburgs, Queen Victoria and other late 19th and early ...more

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