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Queen Victoria's Granddaughters 1860-1918 [Kindle Edition]

Christina Croft
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On 6th July 1868, when told of the birth of her seventh granddaughter, Queen Victoria remarked that the news was ‘a very uninteresting thing for it seems to me to go on like the rabbits in Windsor Park.’ Her apathy was understandable – this was her fourteenth grandchild, and, though she had given birth to nine children, she had never been fond of babies, viewing them as ‘frog-like and rather disgusting…particularly when undressed.’ The early years of her marriage had, she claimed, been ruined by frequent pregnancies; and large families were unnecessary for wealthy people since the children would grow up with nothing worthwhile to do. Nevertheless, her initial reaction to the birth of Princess Victoria of Wales belied the genuine concern that Queen Victoria felt for each of her twenty-two granddaughters. ‘As a rule,’ she wrote, ‘I like girls best,’ and she devoted a great deal of time to their wellbeing and happiness, showering them with an affection she had seldom shown her own children.
By 1914, through a series of dynastic marriages, the Queen’s granddaughters included the Empress of Russia, the Queens of Spain, Greece and Norway, and the Crown Princesses of Roumania and Sweden. As their brothers and cousins occupied the thrones of Germany, Britain and Denmark, Prince Albert’s dream of a peaceful Europe created through bonds of kinship seemed a real possibility. Yet in little more than a decade after Queen Victoria’s death, the Prince Consort’s dream would lie shattered in the carnage of the First World War. Royal cousins and even siblings would find themselves on opposing sides; two of them would die horrifically at the hands of revolutionaries and several others would be ousted from their thrones. They had lived through the halcyon days of the European monarchies but their lives, like the lives of millions of their peoples, would be changed forever by the catastrophe played out on the battlefields of France.Through all the upheavals, tragedies and conflicts one person had bound them together and, even when wars had divided their nations, to the end of their lives, they would look back and remember ‘dearest grandmama’ with love.

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About the Author

Christina Croft was born in Warwickshire, England, and grew up in Yorkshire. Educated at Notre Dame Grammar School, Leeds, she graduated in English and Divinity in Liverpool and obtained teaching and nursing qualifications. She began her writing career as a poet but moved on to biography and novels as well as giving talks about the Romanovs, Habsburgs, Queen Victoria and other late 19th and early 20th century royalties. Her other interests include general history, spirituality, herbs, nature and animals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 425 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492905542
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BHIUG26
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christina Croft was born in Warwickshire, England, and grew up in Leeds, where she attended Notre Dame Grammar School before graduating in English & Divinity in Liverpool. Qualified as both a teacher and a nurse, she currently lives in Yorkshire where, alongside writing and giving talks, her interests include Queen Victoria's family and other 19th/early 20th century royalties, history in general, poetry, spirituality, animals and growing herbs.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended read. 31 July 2013
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Have read a few books on Victoria's children but did not know a lot about her extended family.
The book is very interesting and really brings her family to life, all the arguments and troubles they had, and traumas.
Written in an easy to read way, one of the most interesting books I have read. Got very absorbed, and looked forward to going to bed to read it! Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting 29 July 2013
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Well written, with lots of references to original sources and correspondence, A useful reminder of the 'players' at the start of each chapter, which I found very helpful as the history unfolds. An eloquent writing style - very easy to read and understand.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phew!!! 9 Sept. 2013
By Janie S
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This book is amazing, but thank goodness the author put a "crib" of nicknames at the beginning of each chapter, otherwise it would be unreadable - hence the 4 stars. The Romanov tragedy is well-told, and it was really interesting to know what happened to all the cousins in the end. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 23 Sept. 2013
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There have been lots of books about Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren but this is by far the most interesting
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Victoria's Granddaughters 1860-1918 22 Mar. 2013
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I would highly recommend this book as it gives a fascinating incite into the lives of the European royal families in a period of history that was to lead to a war that would change leadership in Europe forever. Although there are a lot of family members to keep track of the author gives a quick recap at the start of each chapter. It also made me view Queen Victoria in a different light due to her relationships with her grandchildren. I felt the book made history more personal and accessible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 7 Jun. 2013
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An interesting and informative read, similar to other books about Queen Victoria's children. It makes a change to focus on the women of the families and their role in major events of the 19th and 20th centuries. Each chapter included a list of the people covered in that chapter and their relationships, which was very helpful, because there were a lot of them, often with similar names. If you enjoyed Queen Victoria's Children or A Hessian Tapestry you will enjoy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen Victoria's granddaughters. 5 Jun. 2014
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I found the book very detailed and interesting. With so many members of the extended Royal Family, the similarity of names can be confusing. No doubt this is why they were mostly known by their nicknames. Each member has her own chapter, although being family they all flit all over the place in the book. Each chapter, however, starts off with a list of the chapter's 'cast' as it were, and this is very helpful for my memory at least. I am sure it will also provide useful reference for many years.Congrats to Ms Croft for all the research and effort, which has had to be done, to produce a book on what I consider to be a very difficult subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Book 28 Jun. 2013
By Moann
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This book was most interesting and proved that money and prestige do not always give happiness. There was an interesting chapter on Prince Albert's final illness. Food for thought on that. One or two errors I spotted but on the whole well worth reading.
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