Victoria's Daughters Author:Jerrold M. Packard Five women who shared one of the most extraordinary and privileged sisterhoods of all time... — Vicky, Alice, Helena, Louise, and Beatrice were historically unique sisters, born to a sovereign who ruled over a quarter of the earth's people and who gave her name to an era: Queen Victoria. Two of these princesses would themselves produce children o... more »f immense consequence. All five would face the social restrictions and familial machinations borne by ninetheenth-century women of far less exalted class.
Researched at the houses and palaces of its five subjects-- in London, Scotland, Berlin, Darmstadt, and Ottawa-- Victoria's Daughters examines a generation of royal women who were dominated by their mother, married off as much for political advantage as for love, and passed over entirely when their brother Bertie ascended to the throne. Packard, an experienced biographer whose last book chronicled Victoria's final days, provides valuable insights into their complex, oft-tragic lives as scions of Europe's most influential dynasty, and daughters of their own very troubled times.« less
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I really enjoyed this book. The autor doesn't get bogged down as so many biographers seem to do. I learned a lot about Victoria's daughters...along with a lot of fascinating trivia. If a biography can be said to keep you turning pages, this one does. If you are interested in this period in history, I definitely recommend it.