Queen Victoria's Matchmaking

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking

The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted the most international power and influence: as a matchmaking grandmother.
As her reign approached its sixth decade, Queen Victoria's grandchildren numbered over thirty, 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 apparent obedience, her grandchildren often had plans of their own, fueled by strong wills and romantic hearts. Victoria's matchmaking plans were further complicated by the tumultuous international upheavals of the time: revolution and war were in the air, and kings and queens, princes and princesses were vulnerable targets.
Queen Victoria's Matchmaking travels through the glittering, decadent palaces of Europe from London to Saint Petersburg, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family tensions to enthralling effect. It is at once an intimate portrait of a royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the marriages the Queen arranged. At the heart of it all is Victoria herself: doting grandmother one moment, determined Queen Empress the next.
Publisher: New York :, Public Affairs,, 2017.
Edition: First US edition.
ISBN: 9781610398466
Characteristics: 382 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Feb 01, 2018

Well written and researched, although a little recursive in spots (possibly because that's what happens when one lineage marries into that many families who when marry amongst themselves). In hindsight, one believes that things might have turned out somewhat better had there not been quite so much 'matchmaking' going on. Would there have been a World War? Would there have been a Russian Revolution? Would things have better in the long run? The 'what ifs' do give one pause: fertile ground for counterfactual fiction here, I think.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PCCLD

To Top