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Queen Victoria's matchmaking : the royal marriages that shaped Europe (edition 2017)

by Deborah Cadbury

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Title:Queen Victoria's matchmaking : the royal marriages that shaped Europe
Authors:Deborah Cadbury
Info:New York, NY : Public Affairs, 2017.
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Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury

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From their birth, the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of Queen Victoria had a role to play as the countries approached the new century.

I'd never realized just how many descendants of the queen became the ruler of a country. Though several either married for love or came to love their life companion after marriage, I couldn't help but pity them all. On every side, their family and friends, well-meaning though they were, manipulated the young people for their own benefit.

Knowing of the family relationships that connected the leaders of the countries, makes the first world war that much more heartbreaking as each one had to take sides in a ruthless and merciless situation. Family bonds were shattered.

I found the narrative to be fascinating and informative on a subject I knew very little. For readers who have an interest in the family of Queen Victoria or the history of the late 19th century will enjoy this book.

I received a copy through NetGalley for reviewing purposes. ( )
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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.

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