Inasmuch as she is remembered at all today, it is as this shadowy figure in gray nun's clothes. Princess alice, mother of Prince Phillip, was something of a mystery figure even within her own family. How she achieved her recovery is just one of the remarkable aspects of her story. By the time she was thirty-five, virtually every point of stability was overthrown.
Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece #ad - Seated with the royal family, she was a part of them, yet somehow distanced from them. As her stay in the clinic became prolonged, there was a time where it seemed she might never walk free again. She was born deaf, in the presence of her grandmother, Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle, Darmstadt, and brought up in England, and Malta.
In 1903 she married prince andrew of greece and Denmark, and from then on her life was overshadowed by wars, revolutions, and enforced periods of exile. Amidst all the jewels, and velvet and coronets, and the fine uniforms, she exuded an unworldly simplicity.
Victoria's DaughtersSt. Martin's Press #ad - Gentle, later to become tsarina of russia, one that produced Alexandra, and yet another Victoria, quiet Alice had a happier marriage, whose union with a Battenberg prince was to found the present Mountbatten clan. That vision met with disaster when vicky's son Wilhelm-- to be known as Kaiser Wilhelm-- turned against both England and his mother, keeping her out of the public eye for the rest of her life.
. Packard provides valuable insights into their complex, oft-tragic lives as daughters of their time. By contrast, her glittering and at times scandalous sister Louise, escaped the claustrophobic stodginess of the European royal courts by marrying a handsome Scottish commoner, the most beautiful of the five siblings, who became governor general of Canada, and eventually settled into artistic salon life as a respected sculptor.
Victoria's Daughters #ad - However, she suffered from melancholia and died at age thirty-five of what appears to have been a deliberate, grief-fueled exposure to the diphtheria germs that had carried away her youngest daughter. And as the baby of the royal brood of nine, rebelling only briefly to forge a short-lived marriage, Beatrice lived under the thumb of her mother as a kind of personal secretary until the queen's death.
Principally researched at the houses and palaces of its five subjects in london, darmstadt, scotland, married off as much for political advantage as for love, and Ottawa-- and entertainingly written by an experienced biographer whose last book concerned Victoria's final days-- Victoria's Daughters closely examines a generation of royal women who were dominated by their mother, Berlin, and finally passed over entirely with the accession of their n0 brother Bertie to the throne.
All five would curiously come to share many of the social restrictions and familial machinations borne by nineteenth-century women of less-exulted class. Victoria and albert's precocious firstborn child, Vicky, wed a Prussian prince in a political match her high-minded father hoped would bring about a more liberal Anglo-German order.
The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest DaughterSt. Martin's Press #ad - 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 signi?cant importance and in?uence in world history. Beatrice was the last child born to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Victoria was not above laying it down regally even with her own children.
Her father died when she was four and Victoria came to depend on her youngest daughter absolutely, and also demanded from her complete submission. Sadly, which she passed on to two of her four sons and which her daughter Victoria Eugenia, Beatrice inherited from her mother the hemophilia gene, in marrying Alfonso XIII of Spain, in turn passed on to the Spanish royal family.
The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter #ad - . And although victoria tried to prevent Beatrice even so much as thinking of love, her guard slipped when Beatrice met Prince Henry of Battenberg. This new examination will restore her to her proper prominence-as Queen Victoria's second consort. Beatrice succumbed to her mother's obsessive love, which meant that when Victoria died her daughter became literary executor, so that by the time she was in her late teens she was her constant companion and running her mother's of?ce, a role she conducted with Teutonic thoroughness.
Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of WindsorRowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - From a family of impoverished nobility, heir to the throne, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Her pivotal role in the abdication of her eldest son, the Duke of Windsor, is just one of the events that provide the backdrop for both thrilling biography and for narrating the splendors and tragedies of the entire house of Windsor.
Despite this setback, grandmother of the current queen, mother of two kings, she became queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne. The life of princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history.
Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess LouiseThomas Dunne Books #ad - What was so dangerous about this artistic, modern before her time, she discovered a fascinating woman, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumor and gossip than hard facts? When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, whose story has been shielded for years from public view.
Louise was a sculptor and painter, friend to the Pre-Raphaelites and a keen member of the Aesthetic movement. The secrets of queen victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. She sought out other unconventional women, including Josephine Butler and George Eliot, and campaigned for education and health reform and for the rights of women.
True to rebellious form, she refused all royal suitors and became the first member of the royal family, since the sixteenth century, to marry a commoner. She battled with her indomitable mother for permission to practice the "masculine" art of sculpture and go to art college-and in doing so became the first British princess to attend a public school.
Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise #ad - The rumors of louise's colorful love life persist even today, with hints of love affairs dating as far back as her teenage years, and notable scandals included entanglements with her sculpting tutor Joseph Edgar Boehm and possibly even her sister Princess Beatrice's handsome husband, Liko. The most feisty of the victorian princesses, she kicked against her mother's controlling nature and remained fiercely loyal to her brothers-especially the sickly Leopold and the much-maligned Bertie.
She moved with him to Canada when he was appointed Governor-General. Spirited and lively, and secrets, queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter is richly packed with arguments, intrigues, scandals, and is a vivid portrait of a princess desperate to escape her inheritance.
Prince Philip: The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth IIHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Girls fell at his feet, and the princess who would become his wife was smitten from the age of thirteen. His mother, princess alice of Battenberg, was born deaf; she was committed to a psychiatric clinic when Philip was eight. Yet alongside his considerable charm and intelligence, the young prince was also prone to volcanic outbursts, which would have profound consequences for his family and the future of the monarchy.
In this authoritative and wonderfully compelling book, acclaimed biographer Philip Eade brings to vivid life the storm-tossed early years of one of the most fascinating and mysterious members of the royal family. Rich in drama and tragedy" the guardian, france, prince philip had a tumultuous upbringing in Greece, here is a mesmerizing account of the extraordinary formative years of the man married to the most famous woman in the worldBefore he met the young girl who became Queen Elizabeth II, Nazi Germany, and Britain.
Prince Philip: The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II #ad - His father, already traumatized by his exile from his home country, Prince Andrew of Greece, promptly shut up the family home and went off to live with his mistress, effectively leaving his young son an orphan. Remarkably, opinionated, philip emerged from his difficult childhood a character of singular vitality and dash—self-confident, and devastatingly handsome.
George IV: The Rebel Who Would Be KingSt. Martin's Griffin #ad - Hibbert delivers a superbly detailed picture of the life and times of george iv including his exorbitant spending on his homes, and lesser known facts such as his generous charity donations andhis witty one-liners, including one he uttered when he met his bride-to-be Caroline of Brunswick for the first time: 'Harris, I am not well, his clothes, and his women; his patronage of the arts; his 'illegal' marriage to Catholic Mrs Fitzherbert, fetch me a brandy.
George iv was the son of george iii whowent insane and inspired 'The Madness of King George' and was the founder of the prestigiousKing's College in London.
Alice, The Enigma - A Biography of Queen Victoria's DaughterHilliard & Croft #ad - Of all queen victoria’s nine children, none was more intriguing than her second daughter, Alice. By the time of her premature death at the age of only thirty-five, had lost two of her children, Alice had lived through two wars, and had exhausted herself in her devotion to duty to the extent that she suffered from disillusionment almost to the point of despair.
. Nonetheless, she met unimaginable grief with courage and serenity, in the final tragic weeks of her life, and her last words demonstrated her ultimate redemption and the beautiful restoration of all she had loved and lost. The contradictions in her personality are so striking that, she remains to this day an enigma, the German Empress Frederick, King Edward VII, and her brilliant sister, while she has often been overshadowed by her more illustrious brother, the depths of whose character are virtually impossible to penetrate.
Former People: The Final Days of the Russian AristocracyFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Told with sensitivity and nuance by acclaimed historian Douglas Smith, Former People is the dramatic portrait of two of Russia's most powerful aristocratic families, and a sweeping account of their homeland in violent transition. Chronicling the fate of two great aristocratic families—the Sheremetevs and the Golitsyns—it reveals how even in the darkest depths of the terror, daily life went on.
Filled with chilling tales of looted palaces and burning estates, of desperate flights in the night from marauding peasants and Red Army soldiers, it is the story of how a centuries'-old elite, its service to the Tsar and Empire, of imprisonment, famous for its glittering wealth, and execution, exile, and its promotion of the arts and culture, was dispossessed and destroyed along with the rest of old Russia.
Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy #ad - Yet former people is also a story of survival and accommodation, of how many of the tsarist ruling class—so-called "former people" and "class enemies"—overcame the psychological wounds inflicted by the loss of their world and decades of repression as they struggled to find a place for themselves and their families in the new, hostile order of the Soviet Union.
. Epic in scope, precise in detail, and heart-breaking in its human drama, Former People is the first book to recount the history of the aristocracy caught up in the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the creation of Stalin's Russia.
Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of the Original People's PrincessOld Street Publishing #ad - Charlotte & leopold is a moving and always entertaining royal biography with an alluring contemporary resonance. This is the story of the doomed romance between Charlotte, and Leopold, heir to the English throne, uncle of Queen Victoria and first King of the Belgians. Queen Victoria was the product. Charlotte was the only legitimate royal child of her generation, and her death in childbirth was followed by an unseemly scramble to produce a substitute heir.
Chambers brilliantly demonstrates how the personal and the political collide in scheming post-Napoleonic Europe, offering a vivid and sympathetic portrait of a couple whose lives are in many ways not their own.
A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George IIIHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Neither of the previous Georges was faithful to his wife, nor to his mistresses. Against his irresistibly awful family background—of brutal royal intrigue, and betrayal—George fervently pursued a radical domestic dream: he would have a faithful marriage and raise loving, educated, infidelity, and resilient children.
The struggle of king george—along with his wife, Queen Charlotte, and their 15 children—to pursue a passion for family will surprise history buffs and delight a broad swath of biography readers and royal watchers. The times best books of the year • the sunday times best books of the year The New Statesman Book of the Year selection by Lucy Hughes-Hallett BBC History Magazine Book of the Year selection by Helen Rappaport"A masterpiece.
A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III #ad - . And, overall, their children were angry, jealous, and disaffected schemers, whose palace shenanigans kick off Hadlow's juicy narrative and also made their lives unhappy ones. Pained by his childhood amid this cruel and feuding family, George came to the throne aspiring to be a new kind of king—a force for moral good.
But this was far from the only difference between him and his predecessors.