Queen Victoria's Matchmaking

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking

The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe

Book - 2017 | First US edition.
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An exploration of Queen Victoria's matchmaking exploits details how she used her grandchildren to further the influence of the British Empire, despite their own plans and the turmoil that rocked Europe starting in the nineteenth century.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2017.
Edition: First US edition.
ISBN: 9781610398466
Branch Call Number: 941.081 CADBURY
Characteristics: 382 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 15, 2018

Interesting though not groundbreaking. In the end, most of the matchmaking was irrelevant as larger forces remade the political world. The one marriage that was truly a love match--and that Victoria opposed--proved to be the exception: Nicholas and Alexandra were a disaster for everyone concerned.

Feb 01, 2018

Well written and researched, although a little recursive in spots (possibly because that's what happens when one lineage marries into that many families who when marry amongst themselves). In hindsight, one believes that things might have turned out somewhat better had there not been quite so much 'matchmaking' going on. Would there have been a World War? Would there have been a Russian Revolution? Would things have better in the long run? The 'what ifs' do give one pause: fertile ground for counterfactual fiction here, I think.


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