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Dearest Vicky, Darling Fritz: The Tragic Love Story of Queen Victoria's Eldest Daughter and the German Emperor [Paperback]

John Van der Kiste
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18 July 2002
This work tells the love story of the royal couple against the changing background of 19th-century Germany. It looks at the differing political sympathies of the couple, revealed through letters, and re-examines the prevailing view that the domineering Vicky never bothered to conceal her distaste for everything Prussian and flaunting her sense of British superiority. In many ways ahead of her time, she was something of a pioneer feminist, refusing to accept the oft-accepted maxim that women were second-class citizens. Insufficient consideration has been given to her health and the possibility that her judgement and reason may sometimes have been affected, albeit mildly, by the family's inheritance of porphyria that led to the 'madness' of her great-grandfather George III.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New Ed edition (18 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750930527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750930529
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Van der Kiste read Librarianship at Ealing Technical College, where he edited the student librarian journal Stamp Out. The author of over fifty books, including historical and royal biography, popular music, true crime, local history, plays and fiction, he has also contributed articles to and reviewed books and records for local and national publications, was a consultant to the BBC documentary 'The King, the Kaiser and the Tsar', and is a contributor to 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' and 'Guinness Rockopaedia'. He lives in Devon. His latest titles are 'Plymouth: A City at War' (The History Press) and 'The last German Empress' (Amazon Kindle). 'The Prussian Princesses' is due through Fonthill Media later in 2014.

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About the Author

John Van der Kiste, who lives in South Devon, has made a particular study of British and European royalty, and also writes on and reviews music. He has written many books, his most recent being Kaiser Wilhelm: Germany's Last Emperor and Georgian Princesses. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful biography of a tragic ruling couple. 23 Sep 2001
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This is the latest book by the UK's most prolific royal author, and he is as readable as ever. It's a story that has been told before - but in separate books devoted to the protagonists individually. John's approach is different because he weaves both their stories together skilfully so you can concentrate on them as a team rather than as an individual with a sidekick. Politics is an inevitable feature, but it doesn't dominate and their personalities shine through. What makes most impact is the measure of criticism that they received as a couple and how they might have buckled under the pressure if they hadn't been able to sustain each other. There's a nice choice of illustrations - John has managed to find a few unusual pictures of the main protagonists that haven't appeared before. And a marvellous cover utilising a little known Winterhalter. Mustn't forget the very useful family trees. A very fair portrait of two characters who might have been very powerful and sane voices in world politics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dearest Vicky, Darling Fritz 4 Oct 2011
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A wonderful story about two people who died far too soon. Their place in history in this book tells what a tragic life they both led. Interesting reading for those who love royalty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY WELL WRITTEN BOOK 21 Dec 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book 26 Nov 2013
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I have read many of John Van Der Kist books and again he has not failed to delivery a first rate, accurate account of Vicky and Fritz marriage. I really enjoyed this book.
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