Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe

A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted most international power and influence: as a matchmaking grandmother.By the 1890s, Queen Victoria had over thirty grandchildren, and to maintain and increase British royal power she was determined to maneuver them into a series of dynastic marriages with the royal houses of Europe.Yet for all their appar...

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  • Susan
    Prince Albert and Queen Victoria saw dynastic marriages between their children and European royalty as a safeguard against war, and as a way of creating a balance of power, in Europe, as well as spreading British values across the continent. With Prince Albert’s death, Queen Victoria was determ...
  • Nate
    2.5 starsQueen Victoria's Matchmaking is supposed to describe the attempts of Queen Victoria to find partners for her grandchildren in order to ensure their happiness and/or fix them up in a way that augments their stability and power. What it actually chronicles is the relationships between the fut...
  • Cait
    This is excellent, Deborah Cadbury is excellent. This was also low key about one of my favourite things: Historical What If's. What if Eddy had lived? What if Frederich was Kaiser longer? What if Ella didn't marry Serge? What if Alix didn't marry Nicholas? What if George married Missy? ...
  • Jess
    I find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended up dead so earl...
  • Nicole Burrell
    I remember my mom telling me that, when she was a teenager, her mom [aka my grandma] would approach lifeguards on the beach and brazenly introduce them to her daughters. At the time, I didn’t think anyone could top that level of bold matchmaking. Then I read “Queen Victoria’s Matchmak...
  • Jeanette
    This is better than 3 stars- 3.5 star to be fair. Although I'm not quite sure that this is titled correctly or at least as accurately as it could have been titled. Because this is more about Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren (and their own choices and departures) just as much as being abou...
  • Jill Meyer
    Queen Victoria - Britain's second-longest reigning monarch - died on January 22, 1901. She'd been a widow since December, 1861 and had worn widows-weeds ever since, mourning her beloved husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Gotha. They had had nine children. At the time of her death, Victoria had 20 some-o...
  • Christine
    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the scheming grandmother ...
  • Suzannah
    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subject, drawing from u...

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