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Victoria's Daughters

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Charting the lives of Queen Victoria's five daughters, this book closely examines a generation of royal women who were dominated by their mother and ... Show synopsis

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  • Victoria's Daughters Oct 3, 2013
    by Marilynne B

    I have not read this book yet. I wanted it for a reference. MJB

  • Apr 26, 2012
    by Dulverton

    An excellent account of the ways in which the daughters of Queen Victoria were married into the Crowned Heads of Europe prior to the First World War.

  • More than cages Jul 6, 2007
    by Francesca

    It really can't have been much fun being a nineteenth century Royal. But these people in cages can certainly be fun to read about. You can squirm at the stifling ceremonial, groan over the marriages labeled "Trouble" before they start, and wonder why such tragedies as WWI hang on the trivia of royal entanglements. But under all the intrigue and nonsense you find real people with real heartbreaks, ambitions, frustrated intelligences and simple or complicated enjoyments. Each of Victoria's daughters is a person worth thinking about and making vicarious friends with. Their lives must often have been boring but one is not bored in reading about what it was like to be the people they were and to reach out to them a friendly hand and heart. History is people, after all.

  • Fascinating... Apr 26, 2007
    by victrola

    Victoria's Daughters is a well-written, well-documented account of the upbringing, lives, and deaths of the daughters of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. A fascinating reading experience, though it frequently left me with the futile desire throttle the famed monarch (and occasionally, the daughters, as well!) A bit like looking through the historical keyhole--a guilty but harmless pleasure , and certainly an eye-opener on Victorian sensibilities, as well as the various forces that led to the tragedies of the Romanov assassinations, and the disturbing circumstances that shaped Kaiser Wilhelm (Victoria's grandson) and ultimately led to World War I.

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