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

  • Beth
    Jun 23, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

    It's not a book you can go into cold; you need some basic knowledge of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It's also a book packed with enormous detail, sometimes overwhelming detail. But most of the time, it ends up on the right side of informative & engaging, and no...

    Being a prince or princess isn?t always easy. This is the story of queen Victoria?s attempts to arrange marriages for her oodles of grandchildren. They were all royalty, so they HAD to marry other royals. ?Other royals who are single, approximately the right age, and espouse the ...

    Non-fiction about the influence Queen Victoria had in marrying off her thirty grandchildren to maintain and increase British royal power around the world. The grandchildren become the big players with the onset of WWI...Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (grandson) turns out to be a madman and ...

    Oh, Victoria-you married your first cousin, had 9 children, who made 42 children (6 or 7 of which married THEIR first cousins), etc etc...and many of them were named Victoria or Albert, looking for your favor. Then you spent decades weaving as many as possible onto thrones, large and s...

  • Cindy
    Mar 22, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

    It's not a book you can go into cold; you need some basic knowledge of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It's also a book packed with enormous detail, sometimes overwhelming detail. But most of the time, it ends up on the right side of informative & engaging, and no...

    Being a prince or princess isn?t always easy. This is the story of queen Victoria?s attempts to arrange marriages for her oodles of grandchildren. They were all royalty, so they HAD to marry other royals. ?Other royals who are single, approximately the right age, and espouse the ...

  • Karen
    Sep 02, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

    It's not a book you can go into cold; you need some basic knowledge of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It's also a book packed with enormous detail, sometimes overwhelming detail. But most of the time, it ends up on the right side of informative & engaging, and no...

    Being a prince or princess isn?t always easy. This is the story of queen Victoria?s attempts to arrange marriages for her oodles of grandchildren. They were all royalty, so they HAD to marry other royals. ?Other royals who are single, approximately the right age, and espouse the ...

    Non-fiction about the influence Queen Victoria had in marrying off her thirty grandchildren to maintain and increase British royal power around the world. The grandchildren become the big players with the onset of WWI...Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (grandson) turns out to be a madman and ...

  • Jill Hutchinson
    Aug 28, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

  • Jennifer
    Jul 23, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

  • Daniel Kukwa
    Aug 26, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

    It's not a book you can go into cold; you need some basic knowledge of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It's also a book packed with enormous detail, sometimes overwhelming detail. But most of the time, it ends up on the right side of informative & engaging, and no...

  • 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...

  • 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

  • Jess
    Mar 09, 2018

    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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

  • Cait
    Dec 04, 2017

    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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

    It's not a book you can go into cold; you need some basic knowledge of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It's also a book packed with enormous detail, sometimes overwhelming detail. But most of the time, it ends up on the right side of informative & engaging, and no...

    Being a prince or princess isn?t always easy. This is the story of queen Victoria?s attempts to arrange marriages for her oodles of grandchildren. They were all royalty, so they HAD to marry other royals. ?Other royals who are single, approximately the right age, and espouse the ...

    Non-fiction about the influence Queen Victoria had in marrying off her thirty grandchildren to maintain and increase British royal power around the world. The grandchildren become the big players with the onset of WWI...Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (grandson) turns out to be a madman and ...

    Oh, Victoria-you married your first cousin, had 9 children, who made 42 children (6 or 7 of which married THEIR first cousins), etc etc...and many of them were named Victoria or Albert, looking for your favor. Then you spent decades weaving as many as possible onto thrones, large and s...

    Lots of European politics and confusing names to sort through but I found it fascinating. What an amazing glimpse into world history! Well researched. Well written. ...

    More about Victoria's grandchildren--and spouses. ...

    I devoured this book at an astonishing rate (especially for a history book) because it was just that good. I would agree with other reviewers that the title is misleading--many of the marriages described in the book occurred despite Victoria's efforts to prevent them, not because of he...

    This was an interesting look at the end of the 1800s and the early 1900s-looking at Europe through the family relationships between the ruling houses. I found this kept my interest until the end and provided me with a clearer understanding of pre-WWI politics-especially in Germany and ...

    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...

  • Sue
    Apr 24, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

    It's not a book you can go into cold; you need some basic knowledge of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It's also a book packed with enormous detail, sometimes overwhelming detail. But most of the time, it ends up on the right side of informative & engaging, and no...

    Being a prince or princess isn?t always easy. This is the story of queen Victoria?s attempts to arrange marriages for her oodles of grandchildren. They were all royalty, so they HAD to marry other royals. ?Other royals who are single, approximately the right age, and espouse the ...

    Non-fiction about the influence Queen Victoria had in marrying off her thirty grandchildren to maintain and increase British royal power around the world. The grandchildren become the big players with the onset of WWI...Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (grandson) turns out to be a madman and ...

    Oh, Victoria-you married your first cousin, had 9 children, who made 42 children (6 or 7 of which married THEIR first cousins), etc etc...and many of them were named Victoria or Albert, looking for your favor. Then you spent decades weaving as many as possible onto thrones, large and s...

    Lots of European politics and confusing names to sort through but I found it fascinating. What an amazing glimpse into world history! Well researched. Well written. ...

    More about Victoria's grandchildren--and spouses. ...

  • 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

  • Mary Jo
    Apr 30, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

    It's not a book you can go into cold; you need some basic knowledge of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It's also a book packed with enormous detail, sometimes overwhelming detail. But most of the time, it ends up on the right side of informative & engaging, and no...

    Being a prince or princess isn?t always easy. This is the story of queen Victoria?s attempts to arrange marriages for her oodles of grandchildren. They were all royalty, so they HAD to marry other royals. ?Other royals who are single, approximately the right age, and espouse the ...

    Non-fiction about the influence Queen Victoria had in marrying off her thirty grandchildren to maintain and increase British royal power around the world. The grandchildren become the big players with the onset of WWI...Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (grandson) turns out to be a madman and ...

    Oh, Victoria-you married your first cousin, had 9 children, who made 42 children (6 or 7 of which married THEIR first cousins), etc etc...and many of them were named Victoria or Albert, looking for your favor. Then you spent decades weaving as many as possible onto thrones, large and s...

    Lots of European politics and confusing names to sort through but I found it fascinating. What an amazing glimpse into world history! Well researched. Well written. ...

  • 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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...

  • Cheyanne
    Jul 06, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

  • 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

  • Suzannah
    Jun 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

  • Christine
    Mar 22, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

  • Lindsey
    Apr 16, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

    It's not a book you can go into cold; you need some basic knowledge of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It's also a book packed with enormous detail, sometimes overwhelming detail. But most of the time, it ends up on the right side of informative & engaging, and no...

    Being a prince or princess isn?t always easy. This is the story of queen Victoria?s attempts to arrange marriages for her oodles of grandchildren. They were all royalty, so they HAD to marry other royals. ?Other royals who are single, approximately the right age, and espouse the ...

    Non-fiction about the influence Queen Victoria had in marrying off her thirty grandchildren to maintain and increase British royal power around the world. The grandchildren become the big players with the onset of WWI...Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (grandson) turns out to be a madman and ...

    Oh, Victoria-you married your first cousin, had 9 children, who made 42 children (6 or 7 of which married THEIR first cousins), etc etc...and many of them were named Victoria or Albert, looking for your favor. Then you spent decades weaving as many as possible onto thrones, large and s...

    Lots of European politics and confusing names to sort through but I found it fascinating. What an amazing glimpse into world history! Well researched. Well written. ...

    More about Victoria's grandchildren--and spouses. ...

    I devoured this book at an astonishing rate (especially for a history book) because it was just that good. I would agree with other reviewers that the title is misleading--many of the marriages described in the book occurred despite Victoria's efforts to prevent them, not because of he...

    This was an interesting look at the end of the 1800s and the early 1900s-looking at Europe through the family relationships between the ruling houses. I found this kept my interest until the end and provided me with a clearer understanding of pre-WWI politics-especially in Germany and ...

  • Anna Mussmann
    Jul 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

  • 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

  • Edith
    Sep 22, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

  • 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...

  • anna b
    Sep 24, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

  • 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

    It's not a book you can go into cold; you need some basic knowledge of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It's also a book packed with enormous detail, sometimes overwhelming detail. But most of the time, it ends up on the right side of informative & engaging, and no...

    Being a prince or princess isn?t always easy. This is the story of queen Victoria?s attempts to arrange marriages for her oodles of grandchildren. They were all royalty, so they HAD to marry other royals. ?Other royals who are single, approximately the right age, and espouse the ...

    Non-fiction about the influence Queen Victoria had in marrying off her thirty grandchildren to maintain and increase British royal power around the world. The grandchildren become the big players with the onset of WWI...Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (grandson) turns out to be a madman and ...

    Oh, Victoria-you married your first cousin, had 9 children, who made 42 children (6 or 7 of which married THEIR first cousins), etc etc...and many of them were named Victoria or Albert, looking for your favor. Then you spent decades weaving as many as possible onto thrones, large and s...

    Lots of European politics and confusing names to sort through but I found it fascinating. What an amazing glimpse into world history! Well researched. Well written. ...

    More about Victoria's grandchildren--and spouses. ...

    I devoured this book at an astonishing rate (especially for a history book) because it was just that good. I would agree with other reviewers that the title is misleading--many of the marriages described in the book occurred despite Victoria's efforts to prevent them, not because of he...

    This was an interesting look at the end of the 1800s and the early 1900s-looking at Europe through the family relationships between the ruling houses. I found this kept my interest until the end and provided me with a clearer understanding of pre-WWI politics-especially in Germany and ...

    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...

    I enjoyed this book, but felt that it could have been improved with a little editing. First of all I discovered a few typos early on in the book which if these were the only problems, would not even be worth mentioning in this review. Unfortunately, I subsequently discovered that the c...

    This book was obviously exhaustingly researched and include many direct quotes from the actual letters to and from Queen Victoria to her family and others. It's not an exciting book and it's rather long , but still worth reading to understand the entertwined world of European royalty a...

  • Scott County Library System
    Mar 22, 2018

    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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

  • Myersakrawiec
    May 12, 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

    It's not a book you can go into cold; you need some basic knowledge of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It's also a book packed with enormous detail, sometimes overwhelming detail. But most of the time, it ends up on the right side of informative & engaging, and no...

    Being a prince or princess isn?t always easy. This is the story of queen Victoria?s attempts to arrange marriages for her oodles of grandchildren. They were all royalty, so they HAD to marry other royals. ?Other royals who are single, approximately the right age, and espouse the ...

    Non-fiction about the influence Queen Victoria had in marrying off her thirty grandchildren to maintain and increase British royal power around the world. The grandchildren become the big players with the onset of WWI...Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (grandson) turns out to be a madman and ...

    Oh, Victoria-you married your first cousin, had 9 children, who made 42 children (6 or 7 of which married THEIR first cousins), etc etc...and many of them were named Victoria or Albert, looking for your favor. Then you spent decades weaving as many as possible onto thrones, large and s...

    Lots of European politics and confusing names to sort through but I found it fascinating. What an amazing glimpse into world history! Well researched. Well written. ...

    More about Victoria's grandchildren--and spouses. ...

    I devoured this book at an astonishing rate (especially for a history book) because it was just that good. I would agree with other reviewers that the title is misleading--many of the marriages described in the book occurred despite Victoria's efforts to prevent them, not because of he...

    This was an interesting look at the end of the 1800s and the early 1900s-looking at Europe through the family relationships between the ruling houses. I found this kept my interest until the end and provided me with a clearer understanding of pre-WWI politics-especially in Germany and ...

    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...

    I enjoyed this book, but felt that it could have been improved with a little editing. First of all I discovered a few typos early on in the book which if these were the only problems, would not even be worth mentioning in this review. Unfortunately, I subsequently discovered that the c...

  • Julia J
    Aug 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    Poor Queen Victoria: she spent quite a lot of time trying to put her late husband?s diplomatic theories into play by encouraging (or discouraging) various marital alliances for her grandchildren, only to find that these young people were not very cooperative. And even when they were,...

    Britain's Prince Albert believed his children could usher Europe into an age of peace and political liberalization by carrying British values into other royal families via the pathway of marriage. After Albert's death, Queen Victoria attempted to carry on Albert's vision by helping pai...

    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...

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

    I admit I turned to this book after watching the latest Royal Wedding on t.v. and reading about the naming of little Prince Louis (for his well-connected kinsman, Lord Mountbatten), but the story that's told here is about more than palace balls and glamorous courtships. It is both a we...

    Another title for this book could be Matchmaking Gone Wrong. So many of the marriages in this book ended in sadness and tragedy, some with global impact. But, when you look a bit closer, some of the marriages that ended in the worst way (Nicholas and Alexandra) were actually not Queen ...

    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 ...

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of most of the European countries - and this was no accident! Cadbury reveals the schemin...

    I cannot resist books on royal unions or even royal love stories. I enjoyed Born to Rule a lot so if you read and enjoyed that book, you would enjoy this. Essentially, they read almost the same. Well researched and gives a glimpse of the the Victorian strategy (through royal unions) fo...

    It's not a book you can go into cold; you need some basic knowledge of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It's also a book packed with enormous detail, sometimes overwhelming detail. But most of the time, it ends up on the right side of informative & engaging, and no...

    Being a prince or princess isn?t always easy. This is the story of queen Victoria?s attempts to arrange marriages for her oodles of grandchildren. They were all royalty, so they HAD to marry other royals. ?Other royals who are single, approximately the right age, and espouse the ...

    Non-fiction about the influence Queen Victoria had in marrying off her thirty grandchildren to maintain and increase British royal power around the world. The grandchildren become the big players with the onset of WWI...Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (grandson) turns out to be a madman and ...

    Oh, Victoria-you married your first cousin, had 9 children, who made 42 children (6 or 7 of which married THEIR first cousins), etc etc...and many of them were named Victoria or Albert, looking for your favor. Then you spent decades weaving as many as possible onto thrones, large and s...

    Lots of European politics and confusing names to sort through but I found it fascinating. What an amazing glimpse into world history! Well researched. Well written. ...

    More about Victoria's grandchildren--and spouses. ...

    I devoured this book at an astonishing rate (especially for a history book) because it was just that good. I would agree with other reviewers that the title is misleading--many of the marriages described in the book occurred despite Victoria's efforts to prevent them, not because of he...

  • 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...

    This book is a fairly interesting read but it didn't particularly appeal to me. Maybe I have read too much about Queen Victoria and there was really nothing new. She was the "Grandmother of Europe" and intended to put her children and grandchildren on as many thrones as possible. S...

    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...

    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a nonfiction book (most of the history I read these days is at a more academic level than this book). This book was absolutely gripping. Though written for a popular audience, the author shows impressive research on her subje...

    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 find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actually made me interested in Eddy, who I'd almost skimmed past frankly, because he ended u...

    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...