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By Helen Rappaport

During this attention-grabbing advisor to each point of Queen Victoria's lifestyles, writer Helen Rappaport analyzes the queen's character, celebrates her achievements, and information the shortcomings of her empire, either in Britain, with its carrying on with divide among wealthy and terrible, and in another country, the place Britain's nice empire was once received by way of repression and exploitation.A?€“Z entries?€”including subject matters slightly touched in general biographies?€”cover such things as a few of the assassination makes an attempt on her lifestyles, her curiosity in dancing and Jack the Ripper's murders, and the way her husband Prince Albert brought the occasion of Christmas to England. Queen Victoria additionally describes contributors similar to her spouse woman Jane Churchill, her health professional Sir James Clark, and politicians equivalent to William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli; occasions just like the Irish potato famine; innovations like steam energy; and matters akin to missionary task and prostitution. it's also bibliographies either for every access and total, and a chronology.

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When the final illness came—a chill, leading to fever and total physical collapse—he seemed resigned to die; yet even in his delirium his thoughts were of the work left unfinished: “The words ‘the country; oh, the country. I could perhaps bear my own misery, but the poor country’ were constantly recurring,” recorded Lady Bruce (Windsor and Bolitho 1927, 242). Prince Albert died on 14 December 1861, shortly after finally being diagnosed, by Sir William Jenner, as having typhoid fever. In the absence of a postmortem, that conclusion prevailed until biographers such as Daphne Bennett and Stanley Weintraub began suggesting that the cause of the prince’s death was probably an accumulation of many factors and that some of his symptoms—such as the pain and swelling in his abdomen—may have indicated stomach cancer—or possibly even hepatic or renal failure.

A sixth child, Alexander, died at birth in 1871. Just prior to the birth of Louise, Alix was seriously ill with rheumatic fever, which left her with a stiff knee joint and made her congenital deafness even more pronounced. As princess of Wales, Alix was uncontroversial and much loved. Slim, graceful, and charming, with elegant fashion sense, she injected grace and glamor into the dowdy royal family. ” She spoke, all her life, with a heavy Danish accent, and her deafness made social gatherings increasingly difficult for her.

Affie seemed always to keep her at arm’s length, and she worried about his emotional coldness, finding the formerly warm and affectionate child now changed into a man who was “reserved, touchy, vague and wilful” (Hibbert 1984, 210). Her 28 Alfred Ernest Albert, Prince darling Affie had developed a brusqueness of manner that, as the queen noted with some concern, did not endear him either to those of lower or higher rank, any more than did his habit of addressing people around him, as he would those on board ship, in an often peremptory manner.

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