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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended read.
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...
Published 11 months ago by Lauri-jane

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Very thorough but a bit confusing, probably because of the huge subject matter. Had to come back to it several times.
Published 12 months ago by E A HARRISON


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14 of 14 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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12 of 12 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phew!!!, 9 Sep 2013
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 23 Sep 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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14 of 15 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Book, 28 Jun 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 11 July 2013
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Very thorough but a bit confusing, probably because of the huge subject matter. Had to come back to it several times.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Subject, but Badly Written, 10 Mar 2014
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For someone so interested in such a relatively esoteric subject as Queen Victoria's granddaughters, I was excited to receive the book, and indeed enjoyed it; it's hardly exhaustive (and couldn't be with so many varied characters), but it gives a good intro.
However, never had I before felt more compelled to take a pencil and correct a book than with this one! First of all, the punctuation is dreadful with random commas and articles thrown about everywhere, words repeated next to each other, or words simply missing from the text; furthermore, the *-symbol indicating footnotes was miniscule; indeed, I barely even knew where in the text to find it until I read the footnote and located the relevant place myself! I therefore presume editing was non-existent!

Punctuation would be excusable if there weren't some glaring factual errors too. I won't list them all, but some of the most glaring concern the Spanish Royal Family:
1) referring to Spain's King as Alfonso XVIII when, in reality, he was XIII;
2) saying he was 'eleven years' his wife's senior when, in fact, he was one;
3) claiming that his wife, Queen Victoria Eugenia, was helped from her bridal carriage (almost destroyed by a terrorist bomb on her wedding day) by her cousin Toria of Wales when I have never read any proof of this, and indeed why someone as relatively low in the Royal ranking as Victoria of Wales would have been in a carriage near the Royal Couple is ludicrous;
4) referring to Alfonso XIII's cousin Infante Alfonso of Bourbon-Orleans as 'Bourbon-Lyons' (a title that - as far as I know - doesn't exist);
5) calling the heir to the Spanish Throne 'Prince of the Astorias' (instead of Prince of Asturias) as if he were heir to a New-York borough and not a whole state;
6) claiming that since Alfonso XIII's heir was haemophiliac and therefore 'unhealthy', he was simply 'struck from the succession' when, in reality, this happened after his morganatic marriage and the declaration of the Second Spanish Republic deprived him of his position;
7) claiming that the Royal Couple's third daughter, Infanta Beatriz, was a haemophiliac carrier when none of her descendants has yet suffered from the disease;
8) stating that the Royal Couple's fourth child was a haemophiliac and died soon after his birth when, in reality, Infante Fernando had died in the womb and was born dead, his mother Victoria Eugenia having been forced to carry the baby to term by the rigid Spanish Court.

The author also - and these will be the last examples (I promise!) - dismisses Prince Albert of Schleswig-Holstein as 'heir to an estate in Silesia' when his Duchy of S-H is nowhere that region, and she calls Tsar Alexander II's wife 'Maria Feodorovna' when she was Maria Alexandrovna.

The author therefore has her facts wrong about a few European Dynasties, and all of the above are too outrageous to be simple mistakes: they give the impression that the author was lazy and merely invented information or didn't look into it far enough to fill in facts she didn't know; the book seems more like someone's hastily-pencilled notes than a serious piece of Literature. Genuinely shocked and annoyed at such sloppy writing, I will have second thoughts about purchasing any more of her works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interest in the Victorians, 25 Feb 2014
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This book was an very well written and although it dealt with a large number of people the head of each chapter gave full details of the part of the family whose story was in this particular part of the book. Would be of interest to the many people still fascinated by the Victorian era.
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