Albert by Jules Stewart
A Life

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Albert: Prince Consort to Queen Victoria, social and cultural visionary in his own right, was born in the saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-saalfeld but defined the culture and direction of nineteenth-century Britain - a Great Power at the zenith of its influence - more than any other British royal or politician. though overshadowed in history by his adoring wife, and at times mocked by her subjects, it was arguably Albert who gave form and substance to the Victorian Age.

From the outset, Albert strived to win ‘the respect, the love and the confidence of the Queen and of the nation’, pursuing an extraordinary social and cultural crusade that has become his greatest legacy. As Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, he used his position to successfully campaign for more modern university curricula, expanding the subjects taught beyond the traditional mathematics and classics to include modern history and the natural sciences. His organisation of the 1851 Great exhibition exposed British manufacturing to the best foreign products - and raised a huge surplus which was later used to establish and expand educational and cultural institutions, including the great museums nicknamed ‘Albertopolis’ in London. He was also vocal in a number of social campaigns - speaking out against slavery and the Corn laws. His philanthropic endeavours - including the building of new and drastically improved housing for the poor - gained him immense popularity in his adopted country, so much so that he has been credited with saving Britain from the revolutionary fervour which swept Europe in 1848 and consequently preserving the British monarchy to the present day.

Very few have made such a permanent mark on British society. If any one person can be credited for laying the foundation of modern Britain, it is Albert. Upon Albert’s untimely death in 1861, Benjamin Disraeli declared: ‘with Prince Albert we have buried our sovereign.’ This is the story of Albert of Saxe-Coburg: Prince Consort and husband of Queen Victoria, the greatest of the Victorians and one of the most influential royals of modern Europe.
 

About Jules Stewart

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Jules Stewart is an author, historian, and former Reuters journalist. His previous books include On Afghanistan's Plains: The Story of Britain's Afghan Wars; Crimson Snow: Britain's First Disaster in Afghanistan; The Savage Border: The Story of the North-West Frontier; The Khyber Rifles: From British Raj to Al Qaeda; and Spying for the Raj: The Pundits and the Mapping of the Himalaya. He lives in London.
 
Published October 30, 2011 by I.B.Tauris. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Jules Stewart, a former Reuters journalist who has written several histories of Afghanistan, timed his short biography of Prince Albert (1819-1861) for release in December 2011 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the prince's death.

Feb 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Albert: A Life

The Daily Review

This prompted the arrival of two new books – biographer Jules Stewart’s Albert: A Life and British historian Helen Rappaport’s Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death That Changed the Monarchy.

Jan 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Albert: A Life

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