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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Kiersta Barnes
    Feb 14, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've spent 50-odd years reading the history of Britain and its royals, and have particularly read a lot about the Victorian era, so I figured this book would be a rehash of much that I'm already familiar with. Well, yes, some of it is, but I learned a lot of inside details that I hadn'...

    Another good read! I've always seen & heard about Queen Victoria & her match making but there was never any details given or told so when I saw this book I thought I would finally know about the background to the stories I knew, this book outlines the backgrounds behind the...

    I enjoyed this book, found it easy to read, and loved how it was organized - by couple. Although I was aware of the some of the matches, there were others I knew nothing about. So much has been written about Queen Victoria, I found Ms. Cadbury's approach unique and refreshing. My only ...

    Highly recommend! The book was so compelling it's easy to forget it's non-fiction! A word of warning, having a family tree close by is pretty helpful! These people all decided to name each other Albert, Victoria, Marie, George, or Alex... (or many variations & combinations of thos...

  • Susan Jones
    Nov 01, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Rebekah
    Jan 18, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

  • Cait
    Dec 04, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Beth
    Dec 05, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

  • Elizabeth VanDyke
    Sep 30, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've spent 50-odd years reading the history of Britain and its royals, and have particularly read a lot about the Victorian era, so I figured this book would be a rehash of much that I'm already familiar with. Well, yes, some of it is, but I learned a lot of inside details that I hadn'...

    Another good read! I've always seen & heard about Queen Victoria & her match making but there was never any details given or told so when I saw this book I thought I would finally know about the background to the stories I knew, this book outlines the backgrounds behind the...

    I enjoyed this book, found it easy to read, and loved how it was organized - by couple. Although I was aware of the some of the matches, there were others I knew nothing about. So much has been written about Queen Victoria, I found Ms. Cadbury's approach unique and refreshing. My only ...

    Highly recommend! The book was so compelling it's easy to forget it's non-fiction! A word of warning, having a family tree close by is pretty helpful! These people all decided to name each other Albert, Victoria, Marie, George, or Alex... (or many variations & combinations of thos...

    Although I have read a lot about the descendants of Queen Victoria who populated Europe's thrones before WWI, this book provided a new persepective about what might have been had rulers made different choices for spouses. For example, the Russian Revolution might not have been so catas...

  • Erin
    Nov 05, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've spent 50-odd years reading the history of Britain and its royals, and have particularly read a lot about the Victorian era, so I figured this book would be a rehash of much that I'm already familiar with. Well, yes, some of it is, but I learned a lot of inside details that I hadn'...

    Another good read! I've always seen & heard about Queen Victoria & her match making but there was never any details given or told so when I saw this book I thought I would finally know about the background to the stories I knew, this book outlines the backgrounds behind the...

    I enjoyed this book, found it easy to read, and loved how it was organized - by couple. Although I was aware of the some of the matches, there were others I knew nothing about. So much has been written about Queen Victoria, I found Ms. Cadbury's approach unique and refreshing. My only ...

    Highly recommend! The book was so compelling it's easy to forget it's non-fiction! A word of warning, having a family tree close by is pretty helpful! These people all decided to name each other Albert, Victoria, Marie, George, or Alex... (or many variations & combinations of thos...

    Although I have read a lot about the descendants of Queen Victoria who populated Europe's thrones before WWI, this book provided a new persepective about what might have been had rulers made different choices for spouses. For example, the Russian Revolution might not have been so catas...

    If you are interested in Queen Victoria and her children or the history of the royal families of Europe in Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe you will find an interesting and well-researched read. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for ...

  • Bethany Swafford
    Sep 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • AD
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've spent 50-odd years reading the history of Britain and its royals, and have particularly read a lot about the Victorian era, so I figured this book would be a rehash of much that I'm already familiar with. Well, yes, some of it is, but I learned a lot of inside details that I hadn'...

    Another good read! I've always seen & heard about Queen Victoria & her match making but there was never any details given or told so when I saw this book I thought I would finally know about the background to the stories I knew, this book outlines the backgrounds behind the...

    I enjoyed this book, found it easy to read, and loved how it was organized - by couple. Although I was aware of the some of the matches, there were others I knew nothing about. So much has been written about Queen Victoria, I found Ms. Cadbury's approach unique and refreshing. My only ...

    Highly recommend! The book was so compelling it's easy to forget it's non-fiction! A word of warning, having a family tree close by is pretty helpful! These people all decided to name each other Albert, Victoria, Marie, George, or Alex... (or many variations & combinations of thos...

    Although I have read a lot about the descendants of Queen Victoria who populated Europe's thrones before WWI, this book provided a new persepective about what might have been had rulers made different choices for spouses. For example, the Russian Revolution might not have been so catas...

    If you are interested in Queen Victoria and her children or the history of the royal families of Europe in Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe you will find an interesting and well-researched read. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for ...

    Interesting history of Queen Victoria?s efforts to marry her children off to the royal houses of Europe in order to streengthen the British Empire. The book focuses on several of her grandchildren. It would have been improved by including a family tree showing all of her grandchildre...

  • Michell Karnes
    Jan 13, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Kyle Fisher
    Jan 15, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've spent 50-odd years reading the history of Britain and its royals, and have particularly read a lot about the Victorian era, so I figured this book would be a rehash of much that I'm already familiar with. Well, yes, some of it is, but I learned a lot of inside details that I hadn'...

    Another good read! I've always seen & heard about Queen Victoria & her match making but there was never any details given or told so when I saw this book I thought I would finally know about the background to the stories I knew, this book outlines the backgrounds behind the...

    I enjoyed this book, found it easy to read, and loved how it was organized - by couple. Although I was aware of the some of the matches, there were others I knew nothing about. So much has been written about Queen Victoria, I found Ms. Cadbury's approach unique and refreshing. My only ...

    Highly recommend! The book was so compelling it's easy to forget it's non-fiction! A word of warning, having a family tree close by is pretty helpful! These people all decided to name each other Albert, Victoria, Marie, George, or Alex... (or many variations & combinations of thos...

    Although I have read a lot about the descendants of Queen Victoria who populated Europe's thrones before WWI, this book provided a new persepective about what might have been had rulers made different choices for spouses. For example, the Russian Revolution might not have been so catas...

    If you are interested in Queen Victoria and her children or the history of the royal families of Europe in Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe you will find an interesting and well-researched read. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for ...

    Interesting history of Queen Victoria?s efforts to marry her children off to the royal houses of Europe in order to streengthen the British Empire. The book focuses on several of her grandchildren. It would have been improved by including a family tree showing all of her grandchildre...

    While the reader almost needs a spread sheet to keep the families straight, this is an informative book about those of Victoria's grandchildren who had a major impact on the world. The writer gives a comprehensive view of Europe at the end of the nineteenth century and first part of th...

  • Mary Rankin
    Jan 20, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've spent 50-odd years reading the history of Britain and its royals, and have particularly read a lot about the Victorian era, so I figured this book would be a rehash of much that I'm already familiar with. Well, yes, some of it is, but I learned a lot of inside details that I hadn'...

    Another good read! I've always seen & heard about Queen Victoria & her match making but there was never any details given or told so when I saw this book I thought I would finally know about the background to the stories I knew, this book outlines the backgrounds behind the...

    I enjoyed this book, found it easy to read, and loved how it was organized - by couple. Although I was aware of the some of the matches, there were others I knew nothing about. So much has been written about Queen Victoria, I found Ms. Cadbury's approach unique and refreshing. My only ...

    Highly recommend! The book was so compelling it's easy to forget it's non-fiction! A word of warning, having a family tree close by is pretty helpful! These people all decided to name each other Albert, Victoria, Marie, George, or Alex... (or many variations & combinations of thos...

    Although I have read a lot about the descendants of Queen Victoria who populated Europe's thrones before WWI, this book provided a new persepective about what might have been had rulers made different choices for spouses. For example, the Russian Revolution might not have been so catas...

    If you are interested in Queen Victoria and her children or the history of the royal families of Europe in Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe you will find an interesting and well-researched read. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for ...

    Interesting history of Queen Victoria?s efforts to marry her children off to the royal houses of Europe in order to streengthen the British Empire. The book focuses on several of her grandchildren. It would have been improved by including a family tree showing all of her grandchildre...

    While the reader almost needs a spread sheet to keep the families straight, this is an informative book about those of Victoria's grandchildren who had a major impact on the world. The writer gives a comprehensive view of Europe at the end of the nineteenth century and first part of th...

    Very interesting material, well-handled by the author. The formatting of each chapter for a "match" (or potential "match") was a wise choice which helps to keep the material focused. This is the type of book which I often lose interest in about half way through, but this one kept my in...

  • Joann Amidon
    Dec 19, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

  • Kathy Smuz
    Jan 20, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've spent 50-odd years reading the history of Britain and its royals, and have particularly read a lot about the Victorian era, so I figured this book would be a rehash of much that I'm already familiar with. Well, yes, some of it is, but I learned a lot of inside details that I hadn'...

  • Sue Myers
    Feb 01, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've spent 50-odd years reading the history of Britain and its royals, and have particularly read a lot about the Victorian era, so I figured this book would be a rehash of much that I'm already familiar with. Well, yes, some of it is, but I learned a lot of inside details that I hadn'...

    Another good read! I've always seen & heard about Queen Victoria & her match making but there was never any details given or told so when I saw this book I thought I would finally know about the background to the stories I knew, this book outlines the backgrounds behind the...

    I enjoyed this book, found it easy to read, and loved how it was organized - by couple. Although I was aware of the some of the matches, there were others I knew nothing about. So much has been written about Queen Victoria, I found Ms. Cadbury's approach unique and refreshing. My only ...

    Highly recommend! The book was so compelling it's easy to forget it's non-fiction! A word of warning, having a family tree close by is pretty helpful! These people all decided to name each other Albert, Victoria, Marie, George, or Alex... (or many variations & combinations of thos...

    Although I have read a lot about the descendants of Queen Victoria who populated Europe's thrones before WWI, this book provided a new persepective about what might have been had rulers made different choices for spouses. For example, the Russian Revolution might not have been so catas...

    If you are interested in Queen Victoria and her children or the history of the royal families of Europe in Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe you will find an interesting and well-researched read. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for ...

    Interesting history of Queen Victoria?s efforts to marry her children off to the royal houses of Europe in order to streengthen the British Empire. The book focuses on several of her grandchildren. It would have been improved by including a family tree showing all of her grandchildre...

    While the reader almost needs a spread sheet to keep the families straight, this is an informative book about those of Victoria's grandchildren who had a major impact on the world. The writer gives a comprehensive view of Europe at the end of the nineteenth century and first part of th...

    Very interesting material, well-handled by the author. The formatting of each chapter for a "match" (or potential "match") was a wise choice which helps to keep the material focused. This is the type of book which I often lose interest in about half way through, but this one kept my in...

    Amazing look into Queen Victoria's influence on her children's and grandchildren's dynastic marriages that led to the downfall of more than one countries monarchy. Insightful and brilliant look into the political and social machinations of Queen Victoria's court and the impact of what ...

    Most interesting nonfiction about the children and grandchildren of Queen Victoria. Many became monarchs of Europe. Excellent information about many of these 'arranged' marriages and discussion of the causes of WWI. Fascinating. History illustrates beautifully that just because you are...

  • Emma Dargue
    Oct 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've spent 50-odd years reading the history of Britain and its royals, and have particularly read a lot about the Victorian era, so I figured this book would be a rehash of much that I'm already familiar with. Well, yes, some of it is, but I learned a lot of inside details that I hadn'...

    Another good read! I've always seen & heard about Queen Victoria & her match making but there was never any details given or told so when I saw this book I thought I would finally know about the background to the stories I knew, this book outlines the backgrounds behind the...

    I enjoyed this book, found it easy to read, and loved how it was organized - by couple. Although I was aware of the some of the matches, there were others I knew nothing about. So much has been written about Queen Victoria, I found Ms. Cadbury's approach unique and refreshing. My only ...

    Highly recommend! The book was so compelling it's easy to forget it's non-fiction! A word of warning, having a family tree close by is pretty helpful! These people all decided to name each other Albert, Victoria, Marie, George, or Alex... (or many variations & combinations of thos...

    Although I have read a lot about the descendants of Queen Victoria who populated Europe's thrones before WWI, this book provided a new persepective about what might have been had rulers made different choices for spouses. For example, the Russian Revolution might not have been so catas...

    If you are interested in Queen Victoria and her children or the history of the royal families of Europe in Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe you will find an interesting and well-researched read. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for ...

    Interesting history of Queen Victoria?s efforts to marry her children off to the royal houses of Europe in order to streengthen the British Empire. The book focuses on several of her grandchildren. It would have been improved by including a family tree showing all of her grandchildre...

    While the reader almost needs a spread sheet to keep the families straight, this is an informative book about those of Victoria's grandchildren who had a major impact on the world. The writer gives a comprehensive view of Europe at the end of the nineteenth century and first part of th...

    Very interesting material, well-handled by the author. The formatting of each chapter for a "match" (or potential "match") was a wise choice which helps to keep the material focused. This is the type of book which I often lose interest in about half way through, but this one kept my in...

    Amazing look into Queen Victoria's influence on her children's and grandchildren's dynastic marriages that led to the downfall of more than one countries monarchy. Insightful and brilliant look into the political and social machinations of Queen Victoria's court and the impact of what ...

  • Carolyn Harris
    Jan 17, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

  • Sandy
    Jan 31, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've spent 50-odd years reading the history of Britain and its royals, and have particularly read a lot about the Victorian era, so I figured this book would be a rehash of much that I'm already familiar with. Well, yes, some of it is, but I learned a lot of inside details that I hadn'...

    Another good read! I've always seen & heard about Queen Victoria & her match making but there was never any details given or told so when I saw this book I thought I would finally know about the background to the stories I knew, this book outlines the backgrounds behind the...

    I enjoyed this book, found it easy to read, and loved how it was organized - by couple. Although I was aware of the some of the matches, there were others I knew nothing about. So much has been written about Queen Victoria, I found Ms. Cadbury's approach unique and refreshing. My only ...

  • Janet Russell
    Nov 06, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as ?The Grandmother of Europe.? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've spent 50-odd years reading the history of Britain and its royals, and have particularly read a lot about the Victorian era, so I figured this book would be a rehash of much that I'm already familiar with. Well, yes, some of it is, but I learned a lot of inside details that I hadn'...

    Another good read! I've always seen & heard about Queen Victoria & her match making but there was never any details given or told so when I saw this book I thought I would finally know about the background to the stories I knew, this book outlines the backgrounds behind the...

  • Nicole Burrell
    Nov 13, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...