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Queen Victoria's Gene: Haemophilia And The Royal Family (Pocket Biographies) Paperback – 25 Mar 1999

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New Ed edition (25 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750911999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750911993
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Queen Victoria's son, Prince Leopold, died from haemophilia, but no member of the royal family before his generation had suffered from the condition. Medically, there are only two possibiities: either one of Victoria's parents had a 1 in 50,000 random mutation, or Victoria was the illegitimate child of a haemophiliac man. However the haemophilia gene arose, it had a profound effect on history. Two of Victoria's daughters were silent carriers who passed the disease to the Spanish and Russian royal families. The disease played a role in the origin of the Spanish Civil War; and the tsarina's concern over her only son's haemophilia led to the entry of Rasputin into the royal household, contributing directly to the Russian revolution.


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