We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals

By | June 24, 2017
We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals Author Gillian Gill
ISBN-10 0345520017
ISBN-13 9780345520012
Year 2009-11-30
Pages 480
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIt was the most influential marriage of the nineteenth centuryand one of history s most enduring love stories Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a nave teenager when the British Empire was at the height of its power and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married her German cousin Albert and accepted him as her lord and master Now renowned chronicler Gillian Gill turns this familiar story on its head revealing a strong feisty queen and a brilliant fragile prince working together to build a family based on support trust and fidelity qualities neither had seen much of as children The love affair that emerges is far more captivating complex and relevant than that depicted in any previous account The epic relationship began poorly The cousins first met as teenagers for a few brief awkward chaperoned weeks in 1836 At seventeen charming rather than beautiful Victoria already showed signs of wanting her own way Albert the boy who had been groomed for her since birth was chubby self absorbed and showed no interest in girls let alone this princess So when they met again in 1839 as queen and presumed prince consort to be neither had particularly high hopes But the queen was delighted to discover a grown man refined accomplished and whiskered Albert is beautiful Victoria wrote and she proposed just three days later As Gill reveals Victoria and Albert entered their marriage longing for intimate companionship yet each was determined to be the ruler This dynamic would continue through the yearseach spouse headstrong and impassioned eager to lead the marriage on his or her own terms For two decades Victoria and Albert engaged in a very public contest for dominance Against all odds the marriage succeeded but it was always a work in progress And in the end it was Alberts early death that set the Queen free to create the myth of her marriage as a peaceful idyll and her husband as Galahad pure and perfect As Gill shows the marriage of Victoria and Albert was great not because it was perfect but because it was passionate and complicated Wonderfully nuanced surprising often acerbicand informed by revealing excerpts from the pairs journals and lettersWe Two is a revolutionary portrait of a queen and her prince a fascinating modern perspective on a couple who have become a legend From the Hardcover edition

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