This book from John Van der Kiste, the eminent historian of European royalty, is an account of Queen Victoria's personal and political relationships with the empires, or to be more exact, the Kings and Queens, Emperors, Empresses and their families of France, Germany, Austria and Russia. Victoria had close connections with the royal houses of Germany long before the King of Prussia became the German Emperor in 1871, and with the exiled former Emperor and Empress of the French and their son, the Prince Imperial, after the fall of the French Empire in 1870. Van der Kiste deftly weaves together the various strands of the relationships-including the close family marriage ties-to provide a fascinating picture of European royalty in the last two thirds of the nineteenth century.
John Van der Kiste has published over seventy books, including music, historical biography, local history, true crime and fiction. His other musical titles include works on ELO, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Lindisfarne, Steeleye Span and Steve Winwood. He is a contributor to Guinness Rockopaedia and 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography', has written CD insert notes for various reissues, and reviewed books and records for the national and local press. An occasional musician and songwriter in his spare time, he lives in Devon.
Foreword; Prologue; 1: 'The Wonderful Proceedings at Paris'; 2: 'Old Enmities and Rivalries were Wiped Out'; 3: 'The Sad and Distressing State of Germany'; 4: 'Such Meekness, Dignity and Patience'; 5: 'Poor Dear Empress!'; 6: 'It Does Seem like an Impossible Dream'; 7: 'I Really Cannot Go about Keeping Everyone in Order'; 8: 'So Important that We Should Understand Each Other'; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index.