By Helen Rappaport
As she did in her severely acclaimed The final Days of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaport brings a compelling documentary think to the tale of this royal marriage and of the queen's obsessive love for her husband – a narrative that started as fairy story and resulted in tragedy.
After the premature loss of life of Prince Albert, the queen and her kingdom have been plunged right into a nation of grief so profound that this one occasion may dramatically adjust the form of the British monarchy. For Britain had not only misplaced a prince: in the course of his twenty 12 months marriage to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert had more and more played the functionality of King in all yet identify. The outpouring of grief after Albert's demise was once so severe, that its like wouldn't be obvious back until eventually the loss of life of Princess Diana 136 years later.
Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal information and different ignored assets, in addition to the newspapers of the day, Rappaport bargains a brand new viewpoint in this compelling ancient psychodrama--the the most important ultimate months of the prince's existence and the 1st lengthy, darkish ten years of the Queen's retreat from public view. She attracts a portrait of a queen captivated with her dwelling husband and – after his loss of life – along with his enduring position in heritage. Magnificent Obsession also will throw new mild at the real nature of the prince's power actual situation, overturning for sturdy the 150-year previous delusion that he died of typhoid fever.
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