As a rule, ’ she wrote, ‘i like girls best, ’ and she devoted a great deal of time to their wellbeing and happiness, showering them with an affection she had seldom shown her own children. By 1914, the queens of spain, greece and norway, the queen’s granddaughters included the Empress of Russia, through a series of dynastic marriages, and the Crown Princesses of Roumania and Sweden.
Nevertheless, her initial reaction to the birth of Princess Victoria of Wales belied the genuine concern that Queen Victoria felt for each of her twenty-two granddaughters. Royal cousins and even siblings would find themselves on opposing sides; two of them would die horrifically at the hands of revolutionaries and several others would be ousted from their thrones.
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, she had never been fond of babies, and, though she had given birth to nine children, viewing them as ‘frog-like and rather disgusting…particularly when undressed.
Queen Victoria's Granddaughters 1860-1918 #ad - The early years of her marriage had, she claimed, been ruined by frequent pregnancies; and large families were unnecessary for wealthy people since the children would grow up with nothing worthwhile to do. They had lived through the halcyon days of the European monarchies but their lives, like the lives of millions of their peoples, would be changed forever by the catastrophe played out on the battlefields of France.
Queen Victoria's Grandsons 1859-1918Hilliard & Croft #ad - There were heroes and villains, valiant soldiers and dissipated youths, but their lives were interconnected through the tiny Queen for whom their welfare and happiness was a constant preoccupation. Born into eight very different families, the upbringing and fortunes of Queen Victoria's grandsons varied widely.
Some died in childhood, some were killed in action, and others lived to see grandchildren of their own. As part of a wide, they lived through the halcyon days of the late nineteenth century European monarchies, extended family, witnessing the most spectacular and the most tragic events of the age.
Victoria's DaughtersSt. Martin's Press #ad - That vision met with disaster when vicky's son Wilhelm-- to be known as Kaiser Wilhelm-- turned against both England and his mother, keeping her out of the public eye for the rest of her life. And as the baby of the royal brood of nine, rebelling only briefly to forge a short-lived marriage, Beatrice lived under the thumb of her mother as a kind of personal secretary until the queen's death.
Principally researched at the houses and palaces of its five subjects in london, darmstadt, berlin, Scotland, and Ottawa-- and entertainingly written by an experienced biographer whose last book concerned Victoria's final days-- Victoria's Daughters closely examines a generation of royal women who were dominated by their mother, married off as much for political advantage as for love, and finally passed over entirely with the accession of their n0 brother Bertie to the throne.
However, she suffered from melancholia and died at age thirty-five of what appears to have been a deliberate, grief-fueled exposure to the diphtheria germs that had carried away her youngest daughter. The story of five women who shared one of the most extraordinary and privileged sisterhoods of all time.
Victoria's Daughters #ad - Vicky, alice, helena, and beatrice were historically unique sisters, born to a sovereign who ruled over a quarter of the earth's people and who gave her name to an era: Queen Victoria. By contrast, who became governor general of canada, her glittering and at times scandalous sister Louise, the most beautiful of the five siblings, escaped the claustrophobic stodginess of the European royal courts by marrying a handsome Scottish commoner, and eventually settled into artistic salon life as a respected sculptor.
. Two of these princesses would themselves produce children of immense consequence.
Queen Victoria's ChildrenThe History Press #ad - This is not only the story of their lives in terms of world impact, but also of personal achievements in their own right, individual contributions to public life in Britain and overseas, and as the children of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort. Queen victoria and albert, despite their very different characters, the Prince Consort, had nine children who, remained a close-knit family.
. Inevitably, as they married into European royal families their loyalties were divided and their lives dominated by political controversy.
A Biography of Queen Victoria's Daughter - Alice, The EnigmaHilliard & Croft #ad - Of all queen victoria’s nine children, none was more intriguing than her second daughter, Alice. By the time of her premature death at the age of only thirty-five, had lost two of her children, Alice had lived through two wars, and had exhausted herself in her devotion to duty to the extent that she suffered from disillusionment almost to the point of despair.
The contradictions in her personality are so striking that, the German Empress Frederick, while she has often been overshadowed by her more illustrious brother, and her brilliant sister, she remains to this day an enigma, King Edward VII, the depths of whose character are virtually impossible to penetrate.
A Biography of Queen Victoria's Daughter - Alice, The Enigma #ad - Nonetheless, she met unimaginable grief with courage and serenity, in the final tragic weeks of her life, and her last words demonstrated her ultimate redemption and the beautiful restoration of all she had loved and lost.
Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess LouiseThomas Dunne Books #ad - She moved with him to Canada when he was appointed Governor-General. Spirited and lively, scandals, intrigues, and secrets, Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter is richly packed with arguments, and is a vivid portrait of a princess desperate to escape her inheritance. She sought out other unconventional women, including Josephine Butler and George Eliot, and campaigned for education and health reform and for the rights of women.
The secrets of queen victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. She battled with her indomitable mother for permission to practice the "masculine" art of sculpture and go to art college-and in doing so became the first British princess to attend a public school. The rumors of louise's colorful love life persist even today, with hints of love affairs dating as far back as her teenage years, and notable scandals included entanglements with her sculpting tutor Joseph Edgar Boehm and possibly even her sister Princess Beatrice's handsome husband, Liko.
What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumor and gossip than hard facts? When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, she discovered a fascinating woman, modern before her time, whose story has been shielded for years from public view.
Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise #ad - Louise was a sculptor and painter, friend to the Pre-Raphaelites and a keen member of the Aesthetic movement. True to rebellious form, she refused all royal suitors and became the first member of the royal family, since the sixteenth century, to marry a commoner. The most feisty of the victorian princesses, she kicked against her mother's controlling nature and remained fiercely loyal to her brothers-especially the sickly Leopold and the much-maligned Bertie.
Grandmama of Europe: The Crowned Descendants of Queen VictoriaThistle Publishing #ad - Skilfully interwoven with each other, Theo Aronson's accounts of these reigns, abdications and exiles capture the scope and variety of what Victoria used to call the Royal Mob. Elizabeth longfordever since the instant success of his first book The Golden Bees: The Story of the Bonapartes, Theo Aronson has steadily built up his reputation as an historical biographer specializing in the Royal Houses of Europe.
. Absorbing and scholarly. Alastair forbes, Sunday Telegraph. A thoroughly enjoyable book from start to finish. Auberon waugh, the Independent'Mr Aronson is scrupulously fair. His book is entertaining and lively. Brian masters, the standardnapoleon and josepHINE: A Love Story'He tells their story superbly well. Aronson has a wonderful eye for significant detail as well as a shrewd appreciation of character.
Grandmama of Europe: The Crowned Descendants of Queen Victoria #ad - It is excellent news that Theo Aronson's lively panorama of European royalties is to be republished. Among his many widely read books are napoleon and josephine: a love Story, Crowns in Conflict: The Triumph and the Tragedy of European Monarchy 1910-1918 and The King in Love: Edward VII's Mistresses. His books have been published in britain, holland and Belgium; in paperback, Germany, Spain, Italy, the United States, France, in book club editions and in serialization.
Princess Helena#ad - In 1866 she married prince christian of Schleswig-Holstein, a kindly but penniless bachelor fifteen years older than her. Princess helena 1846-1923 was the third daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. For nearly sixty years Helena was a tireless supporter of good causes, particularly in the field of nursing and education.
Princess Helena #ad - Despite the difference in ages, it was the only marriage among the Queen’s children in which both partners lived long enough to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. A steady, known as ‘lenchen’ within the family, dependable young woman, she was particularly ‘useful’ to her demanding and recently widowed mother, who could not bear to lose her to a marriage which would oblige her to move and live abroad with her husband.
This concise biography examines her life, work and relationships with her family.
Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped EuropePublicAffairs #ad - It is at once an intimate portrait of a royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the marriages the Queen arranged. A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted the most international power and influence: as a matchmaking grandmother. As her reign approached its sixth decade, queen Victoria's grandchildren numbered over thirty, and to maintain and increase British royal power, she was determined to maneuver them into a series of dynastic marriages with the royal houses of Europe.
Yet for all their apparent obedience, her grandchildren often had plans of their own, fueled by strong wills and romantic hearts. Victoria's matchmaking plans were further complicated by the tumultuous international upheavals of the time: revolution and war were in the air, and kings and queens, princes and princesses were vulnerable targets.
Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe #ad - Queen victoria's matchmaking travels through the glittering, decadent palaces of Europe from London to Saint Petersburg, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family tensions to enthralling effect. At the heart of it all is Victoria herself: doting grandmother one moment, determined Queen Empress the next.
Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of WindsorRowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - Her pivotal role in the abdication of her eldest son, the Duke of Windsor, is just one of the events that provide the backdrop for both thrilling biography and for narrating the splendors and tragedies of the entire house of Windsor. The life of princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history.
From a family of impoverished nobility, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, grandmother of the current queen, she became queen, mother of two kings, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne.
The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest DaughterSt. Martin's Press #ad - This new examination will restore her to her proper prominence--as Queen Victoria's second consort. Sadly, beatrice inherited from her mother the hemophilia gene, in marrying Alfonso XIII of Spain, which she passed on to two of her four sons and which her daughter Victoria Eugenia, in turn passed on to the Spanish royal family.
An engrossing biography of queen victoria's youngest daughter that focuses on her relationship with her willful mother--a powerful and insightful look into two women of significant importance and influence in world history. Beatrice was the last child born to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. And although victoria tried to prevent Beatrice even so much as thinking of love, her guard slipped when Beatrice met Prince Henry of Battenberg.
The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter #ad - Beatrice succumbed to her mother's obsessive love, so that by the time she was in her late teens she was her constant companion and running her mother's office, which meant that when Victoria died her daughter became literary executor, a role she conducted with Teutonic thoroughness. Her father died when she was four and Victoria came to depend on her youngest daughter absolutely, and also demanded from her complete submission.
Victoria was not above laying it down regally even with her own children.