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Queen Victoria had over 30 surviving grandchildren, and to maintain and increase power in Europe, she hoped to manoeuvre them into dynastic marriages. Yet they often had plans of their own, and her matchmaking was further complicated by tumultuous international upheavals.

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking travels through the glittering, decadent palaces of Russia and Europe, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family tensions. It is both an intimate portrait of the royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the power, love and duty that shaped these arranged marriages. At its heart is Queen Victoria herself: doting grandmother one moment, determined manipulator the next.

©2018 Deborah Cadbury (P)2018 Oakhill Publishing

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Fully of interesting information

Emotive, honest and engaging. If you love royal biographies as I do, then this is a must read and listen!

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Great book with lots of additional info

Loved this. Was a great history of Europe in the time frame and went far beyond just a tale of marriage and matchmaking. Highly recommended.

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Fascinating!

In-depth narrative of some of Queen Victoria’s grandchildren, their marriages, reigns in Europe and their often violent demise. Well read and extremely interesting