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Dearest Vicky, Darling Fritz - John Van Der Kiste

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Genre: Biography / Author: John Van Der Kiste / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 224 Pages / Book is published 2002-07-18 by The History Press Ltd

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      29.09.2001 09:51



      This is the latest book by the UK’s most prolific royal author, and he is as readable as ever. It’s a story that has been told before – but in separate books devoted to the protagonists individually. John’s approach is different because he weaves both their stories together skilfully so you can concentrate on them as a team rather than as an individual with a sidekick. Politics is an inevitable feature, but it doesn’t dominate and their personalities shine through. What makes most impact is the measure of criticism that they received as a couple and how they might have buckled under the pressure if they hadn’t been able to sustain each other. There’s a nice choice of illustrations - John has managed to find a few unusual pictures of the main protagonists that haven’t appeared before. And a marvellous cover utilising a little known Winterhalter. Mustn’t forget the very useful family trees. A very fair portrait of two characters who might have been very powerful and sane voices in world politics.


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      With the wedding of Vicky, Princess Royal of Great Britain, and Crown Prince Frederick William of Prussia in January 1858, the prospects of a peaceful and harmonius Europe looked promising. The young couple was very much in love, yet several tragedies marred their marriage: the traumatic birth of their first son and heir, William; the death of Prince Albert, Vicky's father and the couple's political mentor, from typhoid; Frederick's estrangment from his father, and the Emperor's preference for Bismarck and the young Prince William; and the deaths of their third son from meningitis and then the fourth son from diptheria.

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