Victoria and Albert

Victoria and Albert

Their Love and Tragedies

Book - 1997
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Blackwell North Amer
The Reign of Queen Victoria embraced the industrialisation of Britain, the creation of numerous inventions, and advances in transport undreamed of when she had come to the throne as a girl of barely eighteen years. Above all, the morality and style of living had been transformed. Gone were the days of the raffish, improvident Hanoverian kings whose behaviour tended to be emulated by the people.
For twenty-one years of Victoria's reign she was married to a German Prince who was as determined "to be good" as the Queen, and was as responsible for the nation's renaissance as the monarch herself. He might have been the butt of the aristocracy but that in no way diminished his influence.
Victoria and Albert had nine children and they and their mother and father became the archetype of the nineteenth century family. But the outside world knew nothing of the passionate and turbulent relationship between the Queen and her Prince Consort. Thunderous rows grew from the most trivial origins and threatened to tear them apart. But always the sun of reconciliation and love finally broke through the storms. The price paid by the sensitive Albert was heavy and added to real and imagined health and work problems which scarred his life and led to his untimely death. "He would die," commented the Queen. "He did not care to live. He died from want of what they call pluck."
But for the next forty years Queen Victoria reigned as if Albert was still at her side, making the judgements and decisions he would have made; while in his bedroom everything was laid out for him, including a jug of hot water, every morning from December 1861, until the Queen's death on 22 January 1901.
This is the story of a remarkable marriage between unique royal people who lived and ruled in an epochal period of history.

Publisher: Anstey, [Eng.] : F. A. Thorpe, 1997, c1996
ISBN: 9781860660337
1860660339
Characteristics: 429 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Victoria & Albert

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