History

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking

Author: Deborah Cadbury

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

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Category: History

Page: 400

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A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted most international power and influence: her role as matchmaking grandmother In the late nineteenth century, Queen Victoria had over thirty surviving grandchildren. To maintain and increase power in Europe, she hoped to manoeuvre them into dynastic marriages. In her sights was royalty from across the world. Yet for all their seeming obedience, her grandchildren often had plans of their own, plans fuelled by strong wills and romantic hearts. Her matchmaking plans were only further complicated by their coinciding with tumultuous international upheavals; revolution and war were in the air and after her death, her most carefully laid plans fell to ruin. Queen Victoria's Matchmaking travels through the most glittering, decadent palaces of Russia and Europe, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family tensions, to enthralling effect. It is at once an intimate portrait of the royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the power, love and duty that shaped the marriages that Queen Victoria arranged. At the heart of it all is Queen Victoria herself: doting grandmother one moment, determined manipulator the next.
Biography & Autobiography

Queen Victoria

Author: Helen Rappaport

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 465

View: 392

Alphabetically arranged subject entries cover Queen Victoria's life and her sixty-three-year reign, the longest of any female monarch.
Biography & Autobiography

The Last courts of Europe

Author: Robert K. Massie

Publisher: Rizzoli Intl Pubns

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 442

Photographs reveal the lifestyles and activities of Europe's monarchs and aristocracy in the era preceding World War I
Biography & Autobiography

The sunset of the Romanov Dynasty

Author: Mikhail Pavlovich Iroshnikov

Publisher: Aristide d Caratzas Pub

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 343

View: 742

Biography & Autobiography

An Uncommon Woman

Author: Hannah Pakula

Publisher:

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 700

View: 163

A retelling of the life of Princess Victoria, the daughter of Queen Victoria, who married the Crown Prince of Prussia and gave birth to Kaiser Wilhelm, vividly portrays an era of ambition, war, and revolution. 20,000 first printing.
History

17 Carnations

Author: Andrew Morton

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN:

Category: History

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View: 158

The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, and his abdication in order to marry the divorcée, has provoked fascination and discussion for decades. However, the full story of the couple's links with the German aristocracy and Hitler has until now remained untold. Meticulously researched, 17 Carnations chronicles this entanglement, starting with Hitler's early attempts to matchmake between Edward and a German noblewoman. While the German foreign minister sent Simpson seventeen carnations daily, each one representing a night they had spent together, she and the Duke of Windsor corresponded regularly with the German elite. Known to be pro-German sympathizers, the couple became embroiled in a conspiracy to install Edward as a puppet king after the Allies were defeated. After the war, the Duke's letters were hidden in a German castle that had fallen to American soldiers. They were then suppressed for years, as the British establishment attempted to cover up this connection between the House of Windsor and Hitler. Drawing on FBI documents, material from the German and British Royal Archives, and the personal correspondence of Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower and the Windsors themselves, 17 Carnations reveals the whole fascinating story, throwing sharp new light on a dark chapter of history.