Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe

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 appar A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted most international power and influence: as ...

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Title:Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe
Author:Deborah Cadbury
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Genres:History
ISBN:1610398467
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe Reviews

  • Susan Liston
    Jan 27, 2018
    Enjoyed this. I've read quite a bit about Victoria and her progeny but not usually in this kind of detail. I know the who and the what and the where but this adds the why and the how. For example I knew that Edward VIIs son Prince Eddy was about to marry Mary of Teck at the time of his...
  • Nancy
    Feb 10, 2018
    Queen Victoria had 9 children and 42 grandchildren. 35 of those grandchildren survived to adulthood which gave Victoria plenty to do in her match making role. Sometimes she succeeded in getting her children and grandchildren to marry the person she thought best for them and the royal f...
  • Belinda
    Apr 15, 2018
    An interesting look into the history of Albert & Victoria?s progeny, their courtships, marriages and the overarching plan Victoria somewhat successfully implemented in exporting her influence abroad with each union -a dream of Albert?s to ensure peace among the European nations...
  • Cindy
    Mar 22, 2018
    Being a prince or princess isn?t always easy. This is the story of queen Victoria?s attempts to arrange marriages for her oodles of grandchildren. They were all royalty, so they HAD to marry other royals. ?Other royals who are single, approximately the right age, and espouse the ...
  • Susan Jones
    Nov 01, 2017
    I think I maybe picked the wrong time of year to attempt to read this (a week before Christmas). I'll have to be honest and say that I don't know a lot about European history during the Victorian Era, so I found myself being overwhelmed by details and people. I just couldn't keep up. I...
  • Jim Cabaj
    Nov 09, 2017
    First, "Thank you" to GoodReads and Hatchette Book Group for allowing me an advance look at "Queen Victoria's Matchmaking". Many of us have read about Queen Victoria's power and reign in the world, but I have never come across the details of her matchmaking skills. You read in Queen...
  • Susan
    Aug 15, 2017
    Prince Albert and Queen Victoria saw dynastic marriages between their children and European royalty as a safeguard against war, and as a way of creating a balance of power, in Europe, as well as spreading British values across the continent. With Prince Albert?s death, Queen Victoria...
  • Verity W
    Feb 23, 2018
    ****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review***** This is actually less of a look at Queen Victoria's machinations and more of a group biography of who the grandchildren married. As such, it's perfectly fine but doesn't offer any/many new insights. If you're new to Queen V...
  • Rebekah
    Jan 18, 2018
    So, this was an interesting book, but there were a few problems. The first was organization; Cadbury skipped around, the lives of the royals overtaking the structure of the book. One of her chapters--"Ena and Alfonso"--actually focuses more on Russia than it does Ena and Alfonso, and t...
  • Jenny
    Jan 05, 2018
    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...
  • Jess
    Mar 09, 2018
    I find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...
  • Cait
    Dec 04, 2017
    This is excellent, Deborah Cadbury is excellent. This was also low key about one of my favourite things: Historical What If's. What if Eddy had lived? What if Frederich was Kaiser longer? What if Ella didn't marry Serge? What if Alix didn't marry Nicholas? What if George married Mi...
  • Leah Cossette
    Apr 04, 2018
    I'm not sure I have the words to express how much I enjoyed this book. This chronicle of the lives of Victoria's grandchildren and their marriages turned out to be a wild ride from start to finish. Cadbury is a remarkable writer, combining quick pacing with loads of information, showca...
  • Beth
    Dec 05, 2017
    Queen Victoria's Matchmaking tells a story that is more complex than what the title would suggest. The book reads more as an indictment of Prince Albert's grand but na´ve vision of a Europe united in peace and harmony by royal intermarriage. Cadbury examines how Queen Victoria (and he...
  • Elspeth G. Perkin
    Feb 06, 2018
    "This was a match which promised every hope of happiness." In The Dinosaur Hunters: A True Story of Scientific Rivalry and the Discovery of the Prehistoric World (US release: The Terrible Lizard: The First Dinosaur Hunters and the Birth of a New Science) Ms Cadbury took this reade...
  • Bethany Swafford
    Sep 15, 2017
    From their birth, the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of Queen Victoria had a role to play as the countries approached the new century. I'd never realized just how many descendants of the queen became the ruler of a country. Though several either married for love or...
  • Sarah Elizabeth
    Aug 06, 2017
    I enjoyed this look at the role Queen Victoria played in the marriages of her seven crowned grandchildren. I always enjoy books about Queen Victoria and her descendants and the incredible role the family played in the politics of Europe. However, I did not feel like I learned anythi...
  • Jeanette
    Nov 09, 2017
    This is better than 3 stars- 3.5 star to be fair. Although I'm not quite sure that this is titled correctly or at least as accurately as it could have been titled. Because this is more about Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren (and their own choices and departures) just as much...
  • Jill Meyer
    Nov 26, 2017
    Queen Victoria - Britain's second-longest reigning monarch - died on January 22, 1901. She'd been a widow since December, 1861 and had worn widows-weeds ever since, mourning her beloved husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Gotha. They had had nine children. At the time of her death, Victoria...
  • Christine
    Mar 22, 2018
    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...
  • D
    Mar 07, 2018
    This was a marvellous read, absolutely engaging. Maybe the best aspect was the way the author seamlessly weaved in dialogue taken from the royal family?s actual letters, thanks to her apparent unprecedented access to royal personal papers. Cadbury brings these long-dead figures to li...
  • Michell Karnes
    Jan 13, 2018
    This book tells about the matchmaking schemes of Queen Victoria. Victoria continued Prince Albert's belief that by marrying his children into various royal houses the peace of Europe would be secure at the hands of family members. After his death the Queen continued this practice. The ...
  • Beth Freeman
    Mar 30, 2018
    This book was simply wonderful. I will warn that it is quite dense with historic dates and information, but hey, if you?re interested in this sort of thing, you know what you?re in for, right? I loved the excerpts from letters of Queen Victoria and her grandchildren and children. S...
  • Joann Amidon
    Dec 19, 2017
    Years ago I read a book entitled "Grandmama of Europe" which described how Queen Victoria was related to all the crowned heads. This book goes a step further and tells not only how she was related but how she negotiated all the marriages so the various thrones would stay within the fam...
  • Nate
    Sep 10, 2017
    2.5 stars Queen Victoria's Matchmaking is supposed to describe the attempts of Queen Victoria to find partners for her grandchildren in order to ensure their happiness and/or fix them up in a way that augments their stability and power. What it actually chronicles is the relationships...
  • Jj Li
    Mar 01, 2018
    There's an old, wistful joke: "We need to line everyone in the world up and make everyone shake hands with each other. That way, when politicians want to go to war with each other, we'll say, 'No way! I know those guys!' And there! World Peace." Queen Victoria tried to establish som...
  • Carolyn Harris
    Jan 17, 2018
    Queen Victoria's Matchmaking is an absorbing read about a fascinating family! I enjoyed Princes at War by Deborah Cadbury and looked forward to reading about Queen Victoria's efforts to arrange marriages for her children and grandchildren among Europe's royal houses. I especially enjoy...
  • Nancy
    Nov 19, 2017
    This book was obviously exhaustingly researched and include many direct quotes from the actual letters to and from Queen Victoria to her family and others. It's not an exciting book and it's rather long , but still worth reading to understand the entertwined world of European royalty a...
  • Scott County Library System
    Mar 22, 2018
    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...
  • Nicole Burrell
    Nov 13, 2017
    I remember my mom telling me that, when she was a teenager, her mom [aka my grandma] would approach lifeguards on the beach and brazenly introduce them to her daughters. At the time, I didn?t think anyone could top that level of bold matchmaking. Then I read ?Queen Victoria?s Mat...