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The last princess : the devoted life of Queen Victoria's youngest daughter

Author: Matthew Dennison
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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A chronicle of Queen Victoria's youngest child, Beatrice, explores the close relationship between the princess and her mother, her romance with Prince Henry of Battenberg, and her role as literary executer after her mother's death.
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Genre/Form: Bibliography
Biography
Named Person: Beatrice, Princess Henry of Battenberg; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; Prinzessin) Beatrice (Großbritannien; Beatrice, Princess Henry of Battenberg; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Dennison
ISBN: 9780312376987 0312376987
OCLC Number: 156832468
Notes: Originally published in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2007.
Description: x, 302 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Family trees --
'It is a fine child' --
'The most amusing baby we have had' --
'Paroxysms of despair' --
'The bright spot in this dead home' --
'Beatrice is quite well' --
'A nervous way of speaking and laughing' --
'Auntie Beatrice sends you many loves' --
'Youngest daughters have a duty to widowed mothers' --
'The flower of the flock' --
'A good, handy, thoughtful servant' --
'She is my constant companion' --
'Dear Beatrice suffered much from rheumatism' --
'If only she could marry now' --
The Handsomest family in Europe --
'Many daughters have acted virtuously, but thou excelleth them all' --
'The fatal day approaches' --
'There now burnt a bewitching fiery passion' --
'Capital fun' --
'A simple life, with no great incidents' --
'Blighted happiness' --
'I have taken up my life again' --
'I ... can hardly realize what life will be like without her' --
'I have my dear Mother's written instructions' --
'Osborne ... is like the grave of somebody's happiness' --
'Please God the young couple may be very happy' --
'Days of overwhelming anxiety' --
'The older one gets more one lives in the past' --
'She struggled so hard to "carry on"'.
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A chronicle of Queen Victoria's youngest child, Beatrice, explores the close relationship between the princess and her mother, her romance with Prince Henry of Battenberg, and her role as literary executer after her mother's death.

This book is 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. 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. 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. And although Victoria tried to prevent Beatrice even so much as thinking of love, her guard slipped when Beatrice met Prince Henry of Battenberg. Sadly, Beatrice inherited from her mother the hemophilia gene, which she passed on to two of her four sons and which her daughter Victoria Eugenia, in marrying Alfonso XIII of Spain, in turn passed on to the Spanish royal family. This new examination will restore her to her proper prominence -- as Queen Victoria's second consort. - Jacket flap.

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