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  • Published: 3 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409022138
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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Magnificent Obsession

Victoria, Albert and the Death That Changed the Monarchy




A poignant and fascinating account of a queen and country in mourning

'Rappaport uses new sources to give a vivid account of Albert's death . . . a valuable and insightful book which will change our view of Queen Victoria.' Spectator

When Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, died in December 1861 the nation was paralysed with grief.

His death was a catastrophe for Victoria, who not only adored her husband but had, through twenty-one years of marriage, utterly relied on him: as companion, father of their children, friend, confidant, and unofficial private secretary. Without Albert to guide and support her, the Queen retreated into a state of pathological grief which nobody could penetrate and few understood.

Drawing widely on contemporary letters, diaries and memoirs, Rappaport brings new light to bear on the causes of Albert's death and tracks Victoria's mission to commemorate her husband in perpetuity. Richly compelling, this is the story of a magnificent obsession that even death could not sever.

  • Published: 3 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409022138
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
Categories:

About the author

Helen Rappaport

Helen Rappaport is a historian with a specialism in late Imperial Russia and the Victorians. She is the author of thirteen published books, including the Sunday Times bestseller Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses; Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs and Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917. Helen is also historical consultant to the ITV drama series, Victoria and her books about the Victorians include Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death that Changed the Monarchy.

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