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We two : Victoria and Albert : rulers, partners, rivals

Author: Gillian Gill
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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It was the most influential marriage of the nineteenth century, and one of history's most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naive teenager, when the British Empire was at the height of its power, and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married her German cousin Albert and accepted him as her lord and master.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; Albert, Prince Consort consort of Victoria Queen of Great Britain; Königin) Viktoria (Großbritannien; Prinzgemahl) Albert (Großbritannien; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; Albert, Prince Consort of Victoria Queen of Great Britain; Albert, Prince Consort consort of Victoria Queen of Great Britain; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian Gill
ISBN: 9780345484055 0345484053
OCLC Number: 251204093
Description: xii, 460 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prelude to a marriage --
The Years Apart. Victoria: a fatherless princess --
Charlotte and Leopold --
Wanted, an heir to the throne, preferably male --
The wife takes the child --
That dismal existence --
The Kensington system --
Fighting back --
Victoria, virgin queen. --
Albert: a motherless prince --
The Coburg legacy --
A dynastic marriage --
The paradise of our childhood --
Training for the big race. --
Together. Victoria plans her marriage --
Bearing the fruits of desire --
Whigs and Tories --
Dearest Daisy --
Albert takes charge --
The court of St. Albert's --
Finding friends --
A home of our own --
The greatest show on Earth --
Lord Palmerston says no --
Blue blood and red --
French interlude --
The Prussian alliance --
Father and son --
Problems in a marriage --
"I do not cling to life as you do" --
Mourning a prince.
Responsibility: Gillian Gill.

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It was the most influential marriage of the nineteenth century, and one of history's most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naive teenager, when the British Empire was at the height of its power, and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married her German cousin Albert and accepted him as her lord and master. Here the author turns this familiar story on its head, revealing a strong, feisty queen and a brilliant, fragile prince working together to build a family based on support, trust, and fidelity, qualities neither had seen much of as children. The love affair that emerges is far more captivating, complex, and relevant than that depicted in any previous account. The epic relationship began poorly. The cousins first met as teenagers for a few brief, awkward, chaperoned weeks in 1836. At seventeen, charming rather than beautiful, Victoria already "showed signs of wanting her own way." Albert, the boy who had been groomed for her since birth, was chubby, self-absorbed, and showed no interest in girls, let alone this princess. So when they met again in 1839 as queen and presumed prince-consort-to-be, neither had particularly high hopes. But the queen was delighted to discover a grown man, refined, accomplished, and whiskered. "Albert is beautiful!" Victoria wrote, and she proposed just three days later. As Gill reveals, Victoria and Albert entered their marriage longing for intimate companionship, yet each was determined to be the ruler. This dynamic would continue through the years, each spouse, headstrong and impassioned, eager to lead the marriage on his or her own terms. For two decades, Victoria and Albert engaged in a very public contest for dominance. Against all odds, the marriage succeeded, but it was always a work in progress. And in the end, it was Albert's early death that set the Queen free to create the myth of her marriage as a peaceful idyll and her husband as Galahad, pure and perfect. As the author shows, the marriage of Victoria and Albert was great not because it was perfect but because it was passionate and complicated. Informed by revealing excerpts from the pair's journals and letters, this work is a portrait of a queen and her prince, a modern perspective on a couple who have become a legend.

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