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on 19 January 2001
I have read several books about Queen Victoria and her family but have never got to know much about Prince Leopold's life and personality. I only knew him as the youngest son who suffered from haemophilia, the princess he married and his children. This book has revealed so much more to me, his friends, the frustrations he suffered when ill and his mothers lack of understanding. I particularly found the chapters that dealt with the brief spell of happiness he had when married very moving and it seemed such a shame that he died so suddenly.
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on 8 January 1999
A thoroughly researched book and an excellent read! From other books on this subject Prince Leopold is often depicted as Queen Victoria's favourite son. This book gives the true picture, however, of an unhappy, epileptic, haemophiliac young man living as a virtual prisoner in a gilded cage, subject to his august mother's every whim and order. A picture of a thoroughly miserable, wretched Royal existence emerges. Leopold's romances with Lady Breadalbane and Princess Frederica could have given more space - one longs to hear more details, though the Prince's relationship with his siblings is dealt with in great detail. My only minor criticism is the dustjacket - with so many portraits and photographs at the author's disposal, I find her own drawings a rather self-indulgent and unnecessary touch. I think this book is a most welcome addition to the library of all Queen Victoria devotees!
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on 13 May 1999
The children of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort have been treated unequally by biographers. Prince Leopold is probably the most "unknown" son of the couple. Therefore, it is refreshing that Charlotte Zeepvat has decided to raise the profile of this prince. You would not need to be a history buff to enjoy this book. You get a sense of the frustration that Leopold suffered and his attempt to live a more "normal" life, both free of molly-codling, illness and the royal way of life. I would recommend this book to you.
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VINE VOICEon 2 August 2006
The best of the lot had to go first - this line said after the death of Princess Diana came into my mind when reading the biographie on Prince Leopold.

Prince Leopold George Duncan Albert, Duke of Albany, was the youngest son and secong youngest child of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort. Born at Buckingham Palace 7 April 1853 he died already in Cannes 28 March 1884, only two years after his marriage to Helene Princess zu Waldeck and Pyrmont (1861-1922). They had two children: Princess Alice (later the Countess of Athlone) was born 1883 and a son Prince Charles( later to be the sovereign Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha)was born after his father' s death in July 1884.

One might be tempted to say that not much can be written about one of the younger princes who only happen to live 31 odd years.

And indeed it seems that most of his siblings have a much higher profile as the Duke of Albany: Edward VII. as King, Victoria as the Empress Frederick, Alice as Grand Duchess of Hesse, Alfred as Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and the Duke of Connaught as the Queen's favorite son. Only his sisters Helena and Beatrice - like him - seem to less well known. The only thing setting him apart: He was the first member of the royal family suffering from haemophilia.

The well-known author on royalty, Charlotte Zeepvat, has in this excellent rediscoverd this "lost prince". Only too often Leopold was reduced to somebody being sick, to be shield and over-protected by his royal mother. He had too struggle to lead a normal life. Step by step Charlotte Zeepvat let an emerge an interesting and interested, an artistic, a political thinking personality, a prince who became the unofficial private secretary of his mother at a time when his elder brother, The Prince of Wales, could only dream of having political influence.

He was a man of substance, fighting the odds and even achieving to marry. However, the happiness of that was only short-lived.

Charlotte Zeepvat has a unique style how she presents the reader the life of this long-lost prince. The biography is well-written, lively, elegant and with knowledge and sympathie without being too loyal. I immensely enjoyed it and can only recommded it by giving 5 stars.
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on 4 February 2013
This biography of Prince Leopold is outstanding in its detailed account of this deeply sensitive man. Charlotte Zeepvat has explored every avenue of his life, and in doing so allows us to encounter him on many different levels, thereby revealing a wonderful, resilient and very fine human being. His struggle to break free from his imperious and dictatorial mother is told with enormous insight, but makes heartrending reading. A really great biography.
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on 30 September 2014
Although I've read several books about Queen Victoria, there had been few in-depth details about Leopold. This piece was very insightful and paints a much broader picture of the queen's family. In this book, I began to realize the sadly controlling nature of the Queen over her youngest son. The book was, at times, very tedious with far too much mundane detail that detracted from the story. Overall, a good read if you have an interest the family of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
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on 19 May 2014
I feel really sad for Leopold but evidently very little happened in his life as Queen Victoria kept him on such short reigns. It is very difficult for the author to keep the book alive and it isn't a book you will read from cover to cover in on sitting as it isn't very exciting. Unfortunately this is the reality of Prince Leopolds life.
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on 24 December 2012
I wanted to read this book for ages. I snapped it up here, and read it in hours when it arrived. An interesting story, from the point of view of which little is written about. If you love history, then this is the book for you.
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VINE VOICEon 25 June 2004
The best of the lot had to go first - this line said after the death of Princess Diana came into my mind when reading the biographie on Prince Leopold.
Prince Leopold George Duncan Albert, Duke of Albany, was the youngest son and secong youngest child of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort. Born at Buckingham Palace 7 April 1853 he died already in Cannes 28 March 1884, only two years after his marriage to Helene Princess zu Waldeck and Pyrmont (1861-1922). They had two children: Princess Alice (later the Countess of Athlone) was born 1883 and a son Prince Charles( later to be the sovereign Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha)was born after his father' s death in July 1884.
One might be tempted to say that not much can be written about one of the younger princes who only happen to live 31 odd years.
And indeed it seems that most of his siblings have a much higher profile as the Duke of Albany: Edward VII. as King, Victoria as the Empress Frederick, Alice as Grand Duchess of Hesse, Alfred as Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and the Duke of Connaught as the Queen's favorite son. Only his sisters Helena and Beatrice - like him - seem to less well known. The only thing setting him apart: He was the first member of the royal family suffering from haemophilia.
The well-known author on royalty, Charlotte Zeepvat, has in this excellent rediscoverd this "lost prince". Only too often Leopold was reduced to somebody being sick, to be shield and over-protected by his royal mother. He had too struggle to lead a normal life. Step by step Charlotte Zeepvat let an emerge an interesting and interested, an artistic, a political thinking personality, a prince who became the unofficial private secretary of his mother at a time when his elder brother, The Prince of Wales, could only dream of having political influence.
He was a man of substance, fighting the odds and even achieving to marry. However, the happiness of that was only short-lived.
Charlotte Zeepvat has a unique style how she presents the reader the life of this long-lost prince. The biography is well-written, lively, elegant and with knowledge and sympathie without being too loyal. I immensely enjoyed it and can only recommded it by giving 5 stars.
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on 2 September 2011
If you are a Queen Victoria follower this is a wonderful insight on how life was during the 1800's. His life was governed by her and along with his health concerns it was tragically short. An interesting story.
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