- 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: #1,720,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prince Albert Hardcover – Unabridged, October 12, 1984
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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!
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.