The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter

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Macmillan, 19 февр. 2008 г. - Всего страниц: 302

An engrossing biography of Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter that focuses on her relationship with her willful mother---a powerful and insightful look into two women of signi?cant importance and in?uence in world history.

Beatrice was the last child born to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Her father died when she was four and Victoria came to depend on her youngest daughter absolutely, and also demanded from her complete submission. Victoria was not above laying it down regally even with her own children. Beatrice succumbed to her mother’s obsessive love, so that by the time she was in her late teens she was her constant companion and running her mother’s of?ce, which meant that when Victoria died her daughter became literary executor, a role she conducted with Teutonic thoroughness. And although Victoria tried to prevent Beatrice even so much as thinking of love, her guard slipped when Beatrice met Prince Henry of Battenberg. Sadly, Beatrice inherited from her mother the hemophilia gene, which she passed on to two of her four sons and which her daughter Victoria Eugenia, in marrying Alfonso XIII of Spain, in turn passed on to the Spanish royal family. This new examination will restore her to her proper prominence---as Queen Victoria’s second consort.

 

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I've read better...so dull, boring and stuffily written.... Spoiled, allowed freedoms her siblings were not, considered the "prettiest" and co-dependent to her mother....She turned out to be a capable, strong & independent thinker...... Читать весь отзыв

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Princess Beatrice was the last daughter of Queen Victoria and Princes Albert. As a baby she petted, shown off, compared to fairies and was gay and delightful. This idyll was smashed with the death of ... Читать весь отзыв

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It is a fine child I
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The most amusing baby we have had
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Paroxysms of despair
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The bright spot in this dead home
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Beatrice is quite well
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A nervous way of speaking and laughing
49
Auntie Beatrice sends you many loves
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Youngest daughters have a duty to widowed
69
If only she could marry now
116
The Handsomest Family in Europe
124
Many daughters have acted virtuously but
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The fatal day approaches
144
There now burnt a bewitching fiery passion
157
Capital fun
170
A simple life with no great incidents
178
Osborne is like the grave of somebodys
224

The flower of the flock
80
A good handy thoughtful servant
92
She is my constant companion
102
Dear Beatrice suffered much from rheumatism
109
Days of overwhelming anxiety
241
She struggled so hard to carry on
258
Bibliography
284
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Matthew Dennison is a journalist. He writes for The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, and Country Life. He is married and lives in London and North Wales.

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