Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert

Uncrowned King The Life of Prince Albert Stanley Weintraub biographer of Victoria and other major figures of her era here unveils the largely hidden role of Albert establishing him as one of the greatest men of his days Drawing on previou

  • Title: Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert
  • Author: Stanley Weintraub
  • ISBN: 9780743206099
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert

    Stanley Weintraub, biographer of Victoria and other major figures of her era, here unveils the largely hidden role of Albert, establishing him as one of the greatest men of his days Drawing on previously unexplored sources, Weintraub delves into Albert s political, familial, financial, medical, and sexual life As a youth, Albert had few choices of vocation Plucked fromStanley Weintraub, biographer of Victoria and other major figures of her era, here unveils the largely hidden role of Albert, establishing him as one of the greatest men of his days Drawing on previously unexplored sources, Weintraub delves into Albert s political, familial, financial, medical, and sexual life As a youth, Albert had few choices of vocation Plucked from foreign obscurity literally a student prince he would sire the succession in what was then the most powerful empire on earth His marriage, arranged as it was and stormy at times, remains one of the most surprising and arresting of love stories Yet while Victoria adored him, his adopted people never accepted him, nor were they pleased with his behind the scenes behavior as surrogate sovereign He was active, often secretly, in foreign affairs and in military affairs He was Britain s leading exponent of industrial and technological progress, culminating in the renowned Crystal Palace exhibition, the first and most successful World s Fair Indeed, virtually all royal instructions from the Queen to her officials, were drafted by the Prince Consort.

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    1. Carol

      Excellent biography! Albert was a great man, friend, spouse, lover, father, confidant, adviser, collaborator and surrogate sovereign. Victoria was a self-centered person except with regards to her Albert. Over 18 years she gave birth to 9 babies and suffered from depression and pregnancy challenges. Albert was there for her to help her and step in wherever she needed him. His major feat of the Crystal Palace was amazing and successful - he even planned for innovative public bathrooms to accommod [...]

    2. Maya Ganguly

      I found this book really well researched and informative giving me a three dimensional view of an intriguing and often times overlook historical character, and might read his biography of Queen Victoria and Disraelil, however, at the same time, I have to admit it was rather dry and not fully a page turner.

    3. Glenda

      A rather dull re-counting of a life well lived. I've always had a soft spot for Prince Albert and found this book to be a let down for the most part. Although I did enjoy the insight into his and Queen Victoria's private taste in art.

    4. Rose

      Workmanly biography of Prince Albert which emphasizes his interests and accomplishments such as the Crystal Palace and his role in the Crimean war. Nice selection of illustrations including some caricatures from the popular press. Helpful genealogical chart.

    5. Jeremy

      Very good look into the life of Albert. Interesting insights into the times. Also, very interesting insights into Victoria. Would read again as a source for basic understanding of the relationship.

    6. Candace

      I read this years ago (can't remember when, exactly) but have long been a fan of Prince Albert. This book focuses on his extraordinary achievements during his short life as consort to Queen Victoria. I think of him as the greatest king Britain never had.

    7. Tough Little Sister

      It is a shame the Prince Consort does not get acknowledged in public school academia. His contributions to society were great! During his final illness of which he barely held a pen, he wrote THE letter which prevented England's involvement with the American Civil War (and a potential World War) in 1861!Furthermore, when the status quo at Cambridge were quite content with teaching "theology" and how to be "country gentlemen", the Prince Consort revitalized their programs to include science, tech [...]

    8. Janet

      Interesting look at the life of Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, husband of Victoria. How does a proud, intelligent man handle being the a supporting player in the life of the most powerful woman in Europe? This volume explains.

    9. Anne Edmunds

      I'm re-reading this one right now. Read it about 5 years ago. An indepth study of the Prince Consort's life.

    10. Rebecca Huston

      One of the better biographies out there about Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's consort. For the complete review, please go here:epinions/content_32838

    11. Mary

      I didn't love the writing style so much as the content, but the content is impressive enough to rate four stars on its own.

    12. Maryann Glotzer

      I enjoyed the book. It gave me lots of information about what Albert actually did to be remembered as "the good". The book was surprisingly light on the relationship with Victoria. Albert was handling her duties. She was having his babies. There were intriguing moments on how he influenced her taste and educated her. I'm going to have to find a book about the two of them together!

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