We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
People who say they love Victorian literature, they simply have to be interested in the couple ...more
I’ll be the first person to say that I don’t like Queen Victoria. She just doesn’t interest me. However, I’ve read a couple books that have finally let me get interested in her in some way. Really, that comes from her and her relationship to her husband, Prince Albert.
To me, it’s not healthy. What they had is pretty terrifying to me.
But, they both didn’t have great upbringings. Queen Victoria definitely was an abused child and Prince Albert didn’t ha ...more
I have read several books about Victoria and her family and I was very familiar with the basic ...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
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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
*Prince Albert was gay
*Prince Albert was good at sex because he had a lot of male-male sex at university
*Yet at the same time he was a prude BECAUSE he was gay
*He was faithful to his wife because he was gay
*He was okay not to bang his wife after Beatrice because 1) gay and 2) his wife was "ugly" (author's opinion, not Albert's - he bragged to his brother how hot he found his wife in reality)
*Lack of hard evide ...more
I was disappointed that, while the book is entitled We Two: Victoria and Albert, most of the book seemed to be about Albert and his struggle to be taken seriously as the prince consort. Victoria was a major presence in the beginning and in the ...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
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.
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