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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (17 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848859775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848859777
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jules Stewart has spent most of his professional life in journalism, reporting from more than 30 countries. He spent 20 years as a journalist in Madrid. After joining Reuters, Stewart re-located to London in 1987, now his permanent home. Stewart has published nine books to date on a diverse range of subjects, from the Anglo-Afghan wars to a history of Madrid. He is currently working on a history of New York in the 1930s.

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A readable, enthusiastic appreciation based on secondary sources...[which] provides some interesting vignettes... --Washington Times

'...the author s heart is in the right place. He is enthusiastic about the Prince s place in British life... His enthusiasm is not unqualified and he recognizes the Prince s weaknesses and foibles: he was not always an easy man to like.' --Contemporary Review

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Jules Stewart is an historian and author. His books include On Afghanistan's Plains: The Story of Britain's Afghan Wars (I.B.Tauris, 2011), Crimson Snow: Britain's First Disaster in Afghanistan (2008); The Savage Border: The Story of the North-West Frontier (2007); Spying for the Raj: The Pundits and the Mapping of the Himalaya (2006) and The Khyber Rifles: From the British Raj to Al Qaeda (2005).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. M. J. Morrissey on 12 Feb. 2013
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A fantastic, well-researched, scholarly book. I have read several biographies of Prince Albert, but this was definitely the best. Thank tou.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rev.Bette on 4 May 2012
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I bought this on recommendation. Being a 'fanatic' regarding Queen Victoria and The Price Consort I awaited with eager anticipation for the arrival of my order. Just scanning through it all I saw was the same old photos; nothing new as expected. More appalling was going through on a quick 'scan' to discover several gross errors. I hate to think how many I will discover on reading the book. I shall read read the book and maybe revise this view, but I do not think I shall change the star rating. Oh nearly forgot: all the illustrations are in black and white, the paper quality is dreadful. It just shouts 'cheap'.
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Succinct Biography of a Beloved Prince 12 Feb. 2012
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This book was a wonderful biography. The extraction of letters between Albert and his loved ones and also the diary of Queen Victoria make this book a useful document when discussing 19th century Britain and the rapidly changing economy due to the increase in industrialization. It specializes on Albert's reforms within the working-class and also his creation and completion of the great Exhibition of 1851. Prince Albert was clearly loved in the end despite the deep xenophobia at first. "There was hardly a corner of British society that remained untouched by Albert's enlightened hand" (pg 3). This is the type of book that makes you love it and not want to read about the main character passing away.
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