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

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Dynastic mergers, we may deduce from Deborah Cadbury’s account, offer no defence against the whims of history. This catastrophe-laced slice of royal history offers a ripping read.
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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 apparent obedience, her grandchildren often had plans of their own, fueled by strong wills and romantic hearts. Victoria's matchmaking plans were further complicated by the tumultuous international upheavals of the time: revolution and war were in the air, and kings and queens, princes and princesses were vulnerable targets.
Queen Victoria's Matchmaking travels through the glittering, decadent palaces of Russia and Europe, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family tensions to enthralling effect. It is at once an intimate portrait of a royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the marriages the Queen arranged. At the heart of it all is Victoria herself: doting grandmother one moment; determined Queen Empress the next.
 

About Deborah Cadbury

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Deborah Cadbury is the highly acclaimed author of several books, including "Dreams of Iron and Steel, The Lost King of France, " and "Terrible Lizard". She has also won numerous international awards as a television producer for the BBC. She lives in London.
 
Published November 14, 2017 by PublicAffairs.
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Miranda Seymour on Sep 11 2017

Dynastic mergers, we may deduce from Deborah Cadbury’s account, offer no defence against the whims of history. This catastrophe-laced slice of royal history offers a ripping read.

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