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Prince Leopold: The Untold Story of Queen Victoria's Youngest Son Paperback – 21 Oct 1999

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (21 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750922923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750922920
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,573,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Charlotte Zeepvat is a freelance writer and Deputy Editor of the magazine Royalty Digest. She is the author of Queen Victoria's Family, Romanov Autumn, The Camera and the Tsars and Royal Governesses. She lives in Sussex. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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By A Customer on 19 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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Until I read this book Prince Leopold was just a name in the list of Queen Victoria's children. Although I was aware that the hereditary disorder, haemophilia was passed through her to a number of her descendants, this book really gave some insight into the suffering this young man endured. At a time when little was known about the disease and no effective treatment available, his life was further restricted by the strict regime of the Victorian royal household. The often difficult relationship between Victoria and her children only shows what a courageous and determined personality Leopold had. The book is well researched and well written.
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