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Victoria and Albert : Rulers, Partners, Rivals

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A twenty-first-century perspective on a giant of English history, Queen Victoria, and her marriage to German Prince Albert--timed to benefit from the release of the upcoming film The Young Victoria
Known as one of history's most powerful and happily married couples, Victoria and Albert together ruled the British Empire for twenty years at the peak of its strength in mid-nineteenth century. The standard account of their union is that young Victoria, married at nineteen, was only too happy to hand over the reins of power to her husband, willingly taking a back seat to bear and raise their nine children.
A well-known chronicler of the lives of achieving women, author Gillian Gill rejects this outdated interpretation, retelling the couple's story from a fresh, modern perspective. Victoria hated pregnancy, and as much as she loved Albert, she never let him impinge on her power. Gill makes the case that Albert's early death was the reason for the marriage's great success, leaving his widow another forty years on the throne to rule as sole monarch.
Gill's last book, Nightingales, about the life and times of Florence Nightingale, was called vivid and completely readable by The New York Times Book Review. She brings the same engaging storytelling to this vibrant, important new biography.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345484055
Branch Call Number: 941 .081 GIL
Characteristics: xii, 460 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), geneal. tables, ports. (some col.) ;,25 cm

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CMLibrary_aarnold Jan 02, 2016

A love story. That is how many people view Victoria and Albert. But they were so much more. Victoria inherited the throne as a teenager and not many people believed that she would succeed. Albert had been raised with the sole purpose to marry Victoria and help rule. While it was not love at first sight, love happened the second time around. Both Victoria and Albert could be stubborn and headstrong and while this tested their marriage they created a family filled with love, something both missed having as children. Victoria and Albert had a very normal marriage, loving yet sometimes complicated, even though they lived a very public life.

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