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on 31 July 2013
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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on 29 July 2013
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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on 9 September 2013
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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on 30 September 2015
There are a couple of weird reviews on this book which question the historical facts given. The book is written in a novelistic, very readable, style but the historical facts are well-researched and accurate. The author is entitled to take a personal point of view! Both this and the "grandsons" book obviously cover the same period, but the author manages to tell each event from a slightly different angle, so it's not too repetitive. If you read this too fast the names and titles become a blur.
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on 5 June 2014
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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on 25 April 2013
A highly interesting and easy to read account of the descendents of Queen Victoria. We learn of their childhoods, hopes and dreams - and for many of them, of their tragedies. Sadly, by Victoria's insistence on most of her grandchildren marrying each other and spreading across Europe, rather than following her late husband's advice of introducing "strong dark blood" into the family line, this allowed various illnesses to be passed onto the extended family - the most damaging being the haemophilia which wrecked such serious political consequences on the Russian Imperial family. Sometimes it is hard to keep up with the various characters - there are so many Princesses, Grand Dukes and so on with variations of the same names but the author has handily provided a guide to who is who at the beginning of each chapter. However, for me, the personalities of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Alice and her daughters - especially Victoria and Ella - stand out more than any of the others in the book (by the way, this the line Prince Philip is descended from). Their resiliance and faith, their response to adversity is truely awe-inspiring. Recommended.
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on 22 April 2014
It was with trepidation that I bought this book., I am not a great reader of history , but I enjoyed reading this from the start.
The fact that it was written in small chapters made it so much more interesting, and although I did know a reasonable amount about the Victorian Royal family I found members I had not heard of before.
It was a pity in such a large family that the same names were given repeatedly which I did find a bit confusing.
The Russian family and its tragic end was particularly well written.
I would reccomend this book to every one with the slightest interest in the Royal family it is well worth reading, I was sorry when it came to an end.
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on 12 January 2014
A well thought out approach to the granddaughters of Queen Victoria, where each chapter lists a summary of the particular family each one belongs to before detailing events of the girls lives. Appears odd at times but on hindsight is effective as so many of them were christened with the same name 'Victoria,' so it is easy to be confused if not familiar already with their place in history.

I had no trouble finishing this work which I found highly readable. Upon reflection the curse of haemophilia passed on from the Queen was just one of the deciding points for the extinction of most of the European royalty along with other factors of course, the time being ripe for Revolution and change. A good read.
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on 7 June 2013
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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on 23 September 2013
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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