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Prince Albert Hardcover – October 12, 1984


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st American ed edition (October 12, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394407636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394407630
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,997,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Constantelos on October 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book has lured me back into the Victorian vortex, and now I'm snapping up biographies of Melbournes and Palmerstons and Peels left and right, and have even purchased the highland journals of the Queen herself.

This book covers Prince Albert admirably, although it's obscure at times to those not familiar with, say, the Bedchamber Crisis. It starts off a little slow, but upon reflection, Albert's antecedents and early life in Germany were important to him, and the book brings this home, including constant quotation of correspondence with an enduring influence, Baron Stockmar. The narrative elides over many details--and the last year of his life is treated rather cursorily for some reason--but other activities, like his election as Cambridge's chancellor (and subsequent improvements to the education system) and the exhibition that produced the Crystal Palace are told in engaging depth. Albert's temperament, immense endeavors on behalf of his adopted land (still keeping an eye on his view of the good of Europe as a whole), and relationships with his wife and the future Edward VII are depicted in loving detail and one gains an immense respect for the man who turned out to be Victoria's perfect complement.

So, I'm back to the 19th-century again. This book only covers up to 1861, so who knows what lies ahead--the eras of Gladstone, Disraeli, and Salisbury likely. Help!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barney book finder on October 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
James unveils a man of strong feelings - whose marriage to the Queen was one of deep love and devotion though also of many frustrations; whose relationship with their children remained distant and troubles; who was badly shaken by the uproar over an affain between the young Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) and Nellie Clifden, an actress. And James examines Albert's sudden and enigmatic surrender to illness when, at the age of forty-two and at the height of his success, the Prince Consort lost the will to continue living.

Vividly evoking and clarifying the personalities and events of the Victorian era, and based on new material made available through James' special access to the British Royal Archives, this biography stands out as the fullest, most dramatic and most accurate portrait of Prince Albert ever published. A fascinating historical figure is here restored to us.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia Stapp on February 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While this book is a bit dry in spots it is a thorough biography giving an in-depth portrait of the man beneath the image.
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