Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that by Deborah Cadbury

By Deborah Cadbury

A attractive exploration of the position during which Queen Victoria exerted so much foreign strength and effect: her position as matchmaking grandmother

In the overdue 19th century, Queen Victoria had over thirty surviving grandchildren. to keep up and elevate strength in Europe, she was hoping to manoeuvre them into dynastic marriages. In her attractions was once royalty from the world over. but for all their seeming obedience, her grandchildren frequently had plans in their personal, plans fuelled via robust wills and romantic hearts. Her matchmaking plans have been basically extra complex through their coinciding with tumultuous overseas upheavals; revolution and warfare have been within the air and after her demise, her so much conscientiously laid plans fell to ruin.

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking travels during the such a lot glittering, decadent palaces of Russia and Europe, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family members tensions, to spell binding impact. it's right now an intimate portrait of the royal relatives and an exam of the clash because of the facility, love and accountability that formed the marriages that Queen Victoria prepared. on the center of all of it is Queen Victoria herself: doting grandmother one second, made up our minds manipulator the next.

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